Having been made redundant last December (for the 3rd time running) after 10 years service with my employer and having only 5 years to push before I retire, I thought it would be easy with my past work record to secure a decent job for the remainder of my working career. How wrong was I?. Having sent my CV and a covering letter to over 100 employment agencies I have had to date, one phone call, one interview with a prospective employer (who never informed me that I never got the job), and one offer of a job as a cleaner (I applied for an office job). I have come to the conclusion that ageism in the employment sector is still rife contrary to other reports. I think that employment agencies and company personnel have a mental picture stamped in their mind of people my age (60 in April). My CV (in bold) with the real meaning following. I am a mature, reliable person who has an excellent work record. (This means I am over 25 and still breathing without being attached to an iron lung, I have all my own teeth, all the hair (not grey) I had when I was 20, do not carry a colostomy bag and am not incontinent and I turn up for work every day without resorting to a Zimmer frame and I have been employed ALL my life and have never drawn the dole). Confident, organised and smart in appearance, I work well on my own or as part of a team. (This means I can tie my own shoelaces and comb my own hair, I can place one sheet of paper on top of another and replace items from where they came from, I wear a crisp fresh clean shirt and tie with pressed trousers every day along with polished shoes. Given any task of my own I give 100% and not slack off when nobody is looking and am a first class player in a team (Army trained)). I take pride in my work and would be an asset to any company / organisation. ( I do the job to the best of my ability as always, I will not spend all day surfing the net on the PC or arranging my social life on the company telephone all day). DOB: 28/04/1948, British, married, no dependants, full driving licence. ( This means I was born after World War 2 not the War of the Roses, I am not an illegal, my children are not leaching off of me, and I have a real driving licence (and proper insurance)). So what is the answer? Do I have to take on a menial job with the lowest wage because other people see me as a grey stooped OAP who is past his prime or is there an employer out there who will give my last 5 years at work meaning. Work record and copy of CV on request.