By Mary Blake, WBZ NewsRadio 1030

BOSTON (CBS) – The “Great Recession” has taken a heavy toll on the mature worker.

Statistics compiled by the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College show it takes older workers out of work a longer period of time to get job interviews and job offers.

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Catherin Bertulli of Melrose is living the nightmare. A professional high-end carpet designer for 23 years, Bertulli was laid off two years ago and has been job hunting ever since.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Mary Blake reports.

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“Losing your job is devastating to who you are, ” she says.

Bertulli says she’s willing to settle for much less now. She says she is currently looking positions that include administrative assistant, receptionist and office coordinator.

“I can interact really well with people and I like a fast-paced environment. I am a good worker and I’m loyal,” says Bertulli.

Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston has worked with Bertulli in her job search. Operation A.B.L.E’s mission is to find jobs for the mature worker.

The organization helped Paula Davis find her job. Davis is the Permit Coordnator for Next Step Living in South Boston, a home performance contracting company.

“It was such a relief to know that I now had a full time job. I was nearly at the point of homelessness, and I am truly grateful to Next Step Living,” Davis said.

Young workers have been hit hard in this recession, too. Mark Smolinski is a 2009 business graduate from Michigan State University.

“Only one out of five members of my class had a job after graduation. My first job out of college was as a janitor at a sports club,” Smolinski says.

Smolinski is now the business manager at the mobile computing company Nellymoser.

Comments (7)
  1. Lou Lange says:

    I wish there was an organization like that in New Hampshire to assist workers like me looking for work.

  2. missdisplaced says:

    I wish I had an organization like that too! Like Bertulli, I got laid off in 2008, and while I do have a part time job, I am on the verge of losing my home and everything.

    I’ve gone back to school, and done everything I can think of to get work, ANY work. But a lot of places just tell me I am “overqualified” for the jobs of admin. assistant and retail. They won’t hire me. I think it really means I am too old.

  3. Karl says:

    I,m 57 years old and have been laid off for 3 years. I work part-time as a substitute teacher. Anyone who has worked as a sub knows the pay stinks. Age discrimination is rampant. Unfortunately, it’s hard to prove. I’ve called my politicians state , federal , and local and all say I’m so sorry. I’m so behind in my bills, that I’m on the verge of having my telephone and electricity turned off. Where are all those jobs Deval Patrick claims to have added? I’ve applied for state jobs emptying garbage cans for the Dept. of conservation. I never got the job. However,I always see young park rangers working at the beaches. It appears to me that some politicians kid who can’t hold a regular job gets these positions. Where’s all the jobs the new Congress has proposed. You hear nothing about jobless anymore. I hope things change for everyone over 50.

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