How to Fight Age Discrimination in Your Job Search
Age discrimination is prevalent throughout the job search process, yet very difficult to prove. Some companies promote a culture of discriminating against older workers, making it difficult for older workers throughout the job search process. AARP and the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics have reported on this topic which has done very little, if anything, to deter companies from practicing this form of discrimination. With the baby boomers aging better than generations before, there is no slowing down older workers. As such, many older job seekers still desire to put their skills, reliability, and maturity to work beyond the typical retirement age.
According to AARP, people often think age discrimination only affects employees age 50 or older, but it can start even earlier. Chances are if you have been in the workforce for a while, the odds are that you have either experienced or witnessed age discrimination at work. Older workers are more experienced, very reliable, and loyal, yet they are often unfairly viewed as liabilities for companies. Many companies refrain from hiring older workers whom they believe are inflexible, technologically inept, more susceptible to illnesses and injuries, and are just too expensive.
We work with older job seekers daily and provide tools and resources to navigate the job search process successfully. Here are some steps that older job seekers can take to avoid the pitfalls of age discrimination throughout the job search process.
- Stop viewing your age as a handicap
- Take classes to improve your technology skills
- De-age your resume and cover letter by not highlighting info older than 20 years
- Refrain from mailing hard copies of resumes to potential employers
- Get familiar with Skype and other tools that may be used to interview you
- De-age your LinkedIn profile and profile picture
- Do not bring up your age or answer age-related questions during the screening/interview process
- Talk less about your personal life and more about the value you bring to the position you are interviewing for
- Be flexible in your interactions with recruiters and hiring managers
- Research the job market so you can leverage the latest technology tools and tips
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Franz, N. (In Progress). A Phenomenological Case Study to Describe the Ageism-Induced Anxiety of Older JobSeekers [Unpublished Ed.D. Problem of Practice]. Baylor University.