How to Avoid Age Discrimination in Job Search
Employment discrimination based on age is illegal but the fact is that it exits. It’s it impossible to completely eradicate the problem with legislation. It therefore becomes the responsibility of the job applicant to avoid placing him or herself in harm’s way. Below are some steps to avoid being a victim of ageism.
- Remove the date when you graduated from college or high school from your resume, especially those of you in your upper 40s and 50s. These dates don’t add anything to your accomplishments and only make you look old in the eyes of the hiring manager or interviewers.
- Focus on job experience over the past 10 years, unless it’s really necessary to go back over 2 decade of experience. Why go back 25 years of experience unless you‘re the architect of the Yamuna Expressway.
- Show that you’re up-to-date with technology, which a common stereotype associated with ageism.
You obviously wished discrimination based on age didn’t exist but we don’t live in perfect world. However by exhibiting youthful energy and presenting the information that is just needed, you can avoid being the next victim.