I am turning 54 in June. I spent my past 10 years in PA/secretarial roles in the executive search business. I lost my last job (in fact I resigned) due to my employer signaled that I could not work there any more (due to the financial crisis). Since then I've been in the job market for 9 months. Frankly I had only two interviews so far; the other interviews were general talks with employment agencies. Some of the applications I sent to the other search firms or replying to ads, were requiring exactly the type of experience I had. Of course they were not obliged to hire me, but not offering a chance of interview had been disappointing. Is age really a concern?