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Older job seekers face challenging times

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PHOENIX -- Age catches up with everyone but with companies looking to trim costs and go leaner and meaner, and in many cases younger and cheaper, these are some of the most challenging times for an older job hunter.

Mike Hayes with Momentum Specialized Staffing in Phoenix said it's an uphill battle for job applicants 50 and older but it is not impossible to land work.

"If you're thinking you can't get a job that's incorrect. I think you're not presenting yourself correctly," he said.

Hayes said one of the biggest hangups for older job hunters is that they're behind on the tech curve when it comes to computers, smart phones etc.

"For today's jobs you have to be computer literate. Go talk to someone who knows these things and can give you a crash course on how to use the technology."

Experts said updating clothing and hair styles will help keep employers from assuming, in some cases, that the applicants' skills are also out of style.

Hayes said employers are doing themselves a disservice by ruling out older workers -- there's no substitute for experience.

"There are great people that you can find. That's your (employers) job. To find the best people," Hayes said.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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