We live in a youth-obsessed society where “new and improved” trumps “time tested.” This carries over into the job market when employers reject the maturity and experience possessed by the fifty-something-year-old worker in favor of the thirty-something “up and comer.”
Often I hear a lament like this from job hunters: “I’m 58 years old, out of work, and I’m not ready or financially able to retire. My age is really making it difficult to find a job.”
Sound familiar? An AARP June poll reveals that more than 25 percent of Massachusetts residents age 50 and older report that they or someone they know has experienced age discrimination. Despite the fact that it is illegal, it is nonetheless very real.
As an older worker, you can’t eliminate age discrimination. But you can learn what lies behind it and take steps to differentiate yourself from stereotypes. By doing so, you increase your chances of receiving serious consideration.
In my latest article which appears in U.S. News & World Report, I offer concrete suggestions to deal with age discrimination in hiring.
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