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How to Know You Might Be To Old For Your Job

Updated on August 21, 2014

It's a fact of life work at the same career for any number of years you're going to go from being one of the youngest workers to one of the oldest workers. People retire, quit or move up the corporate ladder.leaving job openings which are generally filled with younger workers.

If you're one of the few who get passed over for a promotion or you got hired later in life it means one day you're going to go to work, take a good look around and discover you might to be to old for your job.

In fact you might be to old for your job if:

You have less hair and more gut then you coworkers.

You may be to old for your job if you have less hair and more gut then you coworkers. This one does not always apply to older people. You have worked with many who fit description and many who don't, but for the sake of arguing and the law of gravity I will keep it in the list..

You are the only one taking a coffee break

You may be to old for your job if you're still taking a coffee break when everybody else is taking an energy drink break. Energy drinks are the new coffee,one or two small bottles or about four or five cans a day. That can't be healthy? Besides all your coworkers already talk so fast you can barely understand them. Put an energy drink in them and look out.

Your Coworkers Refer to the 70's and 80's as the Ancient Times

You may to old for your job when you try and tell your coworkers have no idea what you're taking about when you mention something from back in the 70's and 80's This is the time your team members refer to as the ancient times.

Most of your younger corkers have never heard of people like The Fonz,or the Knightrider. Now if you mention people like JLo or the The Kardashians you might have a fighting chance. Oh yeah don't even mention things like skate keys because they look at you like you're some kind of nut.

You Neither Tweet nor Face Anybody on an Hourly Basis

You may be to old for your job and the world for that matte if you have both a Facebook and a Twitter account but only use them sparingly. Today many coworkers seem compelled to post anything and everything they do on Facebook. Can you say too much information?

Your Coworkers Drive Cars Like Mustangs

You may be to old for your job if you coworkers drive sporty cars while you're stuck with a minivan with a car seat or two for your grand-kids. Sure you used to be cool in your Mustang or Camaro but AC(after children) you changed to a Dodge Caravan or an SUV. Now all you do is dream of driving something which is a lot more hip and cool to drive.

Oops sorry to rub it in...

Your Co-workers Are Old Enough To be Your Grandchildren

You may be to old for you job if everyone you work with is old enough to be your grandchildren.
Most of my coworkers are still in high school or in college. There are a lot of times I feel like I should be giving them parental advice. Which I sometimes do, to their grunts and groans and replies of “I thought I left my parents at home”.

You may be to old for your job if hear your name and the word Depends in the same sentence.
Enough said about this one.

You Are More Concerned with Your Job Then with socializing.

If you are sitting at your desk and notice many of your coworkers socializing rather than working you might be to old for your job. .Of course you must give your coworkers a break they have not seen each other for what maybe five minutes so they must talk for twenty minutes about who is dating who and what to wear to somebodies party.

Most of us older workes would rather get our work done so we can home and get to bed

You Don't Care About the Antics of Popular Stars

You don't care who Justin Bieber or Demi Lavato are and what they are doing with their lives.
Yes, you do know who they both are but do not worry about every moment of their lives? Now you worry more about more important things like colonoscopies and arthritic joints.

And the Final Way You Know You Might be to Old for Your Job.

In the last few years if you've started to hear the phrase "You might be overly qualified for you job job," from your boss you might be to old for or job. Any words containing the words 'overy qualified," usually means there is someone younger who can be plugged into your position for less money.

To Old to Get a Job, To Young to Retire


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    • Nikki Major profile image

      Nikki Major 

      6 years ago

      That was funny!!! whitt yet true.

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      6 years ago

      I loved your hub...although for a time there I thought you were writing about me......the older one not the younger!. It is often interesting watching younger co-workers deal with "life" on terms that can be......amusing. Being an older worker does have it's advantages.......I just can't think of any at the moment. Good hub voted up!

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I worked in the office of a factory once that had this woman I know was in her late 70s! She didn't run around like all the younger women but she stayed busy and did not beat in time, even worked overtime! I would about bet she was worth her money! She was amazing too, always hopping planes and going everywhere! She loved excitement. If we all had just a little of whatever she had!

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Soooooooo funny and unfortunately extremely relatable! I just heard someone reference the "old days" and almost fell off my chair when i realized they were referring to the mid 70's. I love the commercials using OUR background music and the kids today think its a brand new song.


    • Patty Kenyon profile image

      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Interesting Hub!! I think at times nearly everyone feels they are too old for their job, however, because of the economy adults return to school to learn new job skill or to start new careers and often feel older than the kids that just got out of school. With age gains more wisdom and experience which is priceless in comparison to those just starting life!! This was fun to read!! Good Job!!!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I know for sure I am too old for jobs, here in Las Vegas companies hire kids when leaving school. This happened when I was laid off.

      Come next March I get to my full age for S.S. Check.

      Voted up and amazing hub, Joyce.


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