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Look Beyond the Grey Hair 

What a great presidential race we're witnessing. Here we are, deciding between the most untraditional set of candidates our country's ever seen.

The best thing about this race is that stereotypes must be set aside. Whatever our political views, we are being forced to examine our preconceptions and prejudices. 'Is McCain too old?' 'Obama too inexperienced?' 'Can Palin be an effective vice president and mother of five?'

So much to consider.

Each political party is talking about bringing change to Washington. And the American public is longing for it. With the economy as perhaps the foremost issue, we're all struggling to pay our mortgages and household bills. But why wait for the politicians in Washington? Deschutes County can be at the forefront of change. I'm directing this request to local employers. With so few jobs and so many candidates, I'm asking employers to reexamine their ideas about what makes a good employee. Some applicants may appear to be older, a different race, or "overqualified" but that doesn't mean we aren't the right person for the job. Most of us jobseekers are hard working, dedicated, ethical, possess business savvy, and would make stellar employees. Yet, because we don't seem to fit the idea of the stereotypical employee, we're passed over - typically without a second thought.

So, employers, please take this opportunity to stretch beyond your comfort level and open your minds. Take time to scrutinize resumes and listen to us. Change - it can be better than business as usual!

Ginger Rincon, Bend


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