There was a help wanted specifying someone over-40 to edit manuscripts. I assumed that requirement was there because the content of the material dealt with some aspect of the aging. I piled on my credentials including the speech I gave at the New York State Bar Association on career transition for Baby Boomers which had been published in VITAL SPEECHES OF THE DAY Download NYSBAtalkinVITALSPEECHESOFDAY.
The content wasn't about aging. It even included children's books. The publisher placing the ad had had bad experiences with those under-40. I speed-read the situation. I got it that I should focus with great diligence on picking up not only stylistic problems but also the mundane errors in grammar and punctuation. Also, it would be shrewd to work through the weekend and submit the document before the deadline.
We are all looking for career takeaways. The one for this is to figure out where our advanced age or youth can be a source of value. For about 11 months I applied for assignments and longer term opportunities where being over-30 was a minus. I was determined to persuade them to reframe their view of professional shelf life. I didn't get shelf space.