September 24, 2010
Speaking at the Engineering Symposium in Portland recently, I had 2 conversations back to back that were exactly the same. Now, I wasn't surprised, when speaking to a group of 100 engineers, ALL of them much smarter than me. I also wasn't surprised to see many baby-boomers in the audience. So the conversations I had after my presentation were expected. Each person who came up to me afterward expressed some concerns about using a photograph on their LinkedIn profile. Especially since their hair is graying. What are the social/employment implications of being passed over based on your age? Here was my response, and for older (baby-boomer and older generations) readers, you might find some value in these 2 strategies. First, a disclaimer. I'm not condoning ageism. It's a sad fact Ageism and any other kind of '-ism' exists. My uncle had to lie for years about his age just for the privilege of keeping his job in the dry goods industry. We expect some kind of litigation in the near future about this, but so far, there is no precedent. Therefore, this post is not going to focus on these social implications. I will focus on what you can do about it.