MIAMI (CBS4) – Recently in South Florida, a seminar was held that was geared towards finding a job for people who are over 50 and have been hit hard but recent cut backs in our poor economy.

The instructor of the class told attendees that they need to learn how to handle the truth and the truth is, you need to reinvent yourself.

“Due to the local economy the local business (I worked for) went out of business and I was unemployed,” said job seeker Evelio Perez, 59.

Perez was an executive for national and international sales for ten years.  He thought retirement was just around the corner when cutbacks placed him in the unemployment line.

“I felt uncomfortable and horrible that I didn’t have a position,” said Perez.

Joseph Garcia knows Perez’s pain. He’s 50 and has been looking for work for about two years now.

“I studied here. I went to the University of Miami and I’ve worked as a managerial consultant for developers, construction companies and power companies for 25 years,” said Garcia. “I’m looking for the right opportunity with the right company.”

Both Perez and Garcia found “Back on Track” a free, faith based organization to help people do just that, get back on track. They found out the truth was they weren’t alone.

Beatriz Boo Torrente has been a head hunter for years with Fortune 500 companies.  She volunteers with “Back on Track” and held the recent seminar.  She says first and foremost get caught up on the communication generation.

“You have to get up to date on technologies,” recommends Torrente.

Eighty-five percent of the people who get placed in new jobs through “Back on Track” get some sort of lead or contact through the website ‘Linked In’.  That’s a social media site for professionals, which lead to the second “must”.

Perez says, “I think networking is one of the key components.”

Find out about the networking events in town and go to them.

Third, have a good attitude!

“Many of the people they are reporting to are people the age of their daughters or their sons,” said Torrente.

But that’s ok. Experts recommend telling potential employers that you can bring experience and stability to the company and that you are not trying to climb the corporate ladder and take their job.

For Evelio it worked.  He got a job 5 1/2 months ago.  He’s a sales manager with the company Cartridge World.

As for Joseph Garcia, he’s still looking but he’s in good company with those searching and learning and finding out how to network and advance in social media and learning how to deal with the truth.

For more information on free meetings through ‘Back on Track’ go to

Comments (11)
  1. NMB305 says:

    This is good news.

    We also need some way to get businesses to hire only legal workers.

    Businesses should support the community!

    They should hire us – we pay taxes!

  2. Jimbo99 says:

    In my case, I knew something was up, when I was required to show 30 year olds how to use Microsoft Excel. I was told my skill set was obsolete (Yeah, like Microsoft Office is just going to disappear as the de facto Office Suite in corporate America ?).

  3. D'Andre says:

    Look, if they would stop the overflow of people coming here from other countries to get a job, the unemployment would go down.

    1. Pedro says:

      I agree completely, Stop inmigration for 5 years and many ills of society will stop.

  4. Booger says:

    NONE of you three get it, do ya??!!

  5. dexion racking says:

    Yeah.. It’s very difficult to get job.


  6. Steve says:

    Wow Willie, that’s really good. lol That is so funny….

  7. rcg says:

    This is such a retread article – I learnt this 10-15 years ago in Miami- as an imported black not too much Spanish spkg in SFLA- I have reinvented myself I dont even remember my birth name !

  8. Jerry Talerico says:

    Another great reason not to raise the retirement age to 67 or higher! We need to get older people out of the job market and not force them to work longer. So far, no new solutions have been offered by the Federal or State (FL) Governments to fix the job loss, high unemployment and inequity situation going on for the last 10 years or so! People need to realize that Government will NOT fix the problems. They only promise solutions during campaigns and political speeches so they get votes and stay in power. Meanwhile, many people are suffering out there and the quality of life in the US for so many is going downhill faster than the stock market on black Monday!

  9. Me says:

    I have been out of a job for over a year now. The real and true title of this article should be, “Non Spanish speaking job seekers having tough time getting work”.

    Every interview I am fortunate enough to land ends up resulting a failure because I am living in a Cuban run part of the country. You can’t get a job at McDonald’s without speaking fluent Spanish.

  10. Marian & Nicole says:

    I think it’s pretty comical, “face the truth” ? It’s tough to face the truth when the employers won’t face the truth themselves. This economy is one where the fraud & abuse, the bailouts created hardships. Where I worked they kept the one’s that showed up at 10 AM when the rest of us had to be there between 7-8 AM. And while many were there we were more productive than the 10 AM brat. We stayed later than that one too. Don’t get me started on the one that claimed to have worked from home, That one came in 2 days out of a 10 working day pay period. Must be nice having those kind of perks and job in 2009, 2010 & 2011, I’m certain lowering the bar will only get better going forward too.