The Bias Nobody Talks About: Ageism in the Workplace | life lessons


More than 10 million people in the United States are currently looking for a job. People over 45 cite one thing as their biggest barrier to hiring: their age, especially if they work in the high-tech or entertainment industries.

Last year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, received nearly 21,000 age discrimination complaints. There is racism, sexism and heterosexism, but there seems to be an -ism that we don’t talk about.

AARP reports that 2 in 3 workers between the ages of 45 and 74 say they have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace. Men and women over 50 are more than twice as likely as other workers to be unemployed for two years or more if they lose their current job.

That’s why 44% of over-45s admit to changing their age on their CV. But recruiting experts say to focus on your technical skills to counter any stereotypes.

Make sure you have an updated Linked In account. Cultivate an active presence on social networks, highlight additional training, condense your professional experiences of the last 15 years on your CV.

Above all, focus on what you can bring to the company.

A study showed that a 50-year-old worker was up to 3 times less likely to get an interview than a 28-year-old candidate.

Age discrimination is illegal at all stages of employment, including hiring, promotions, raises, and firings.

If you believe you have been discriminated against, you can file a complaint with the federal EEOC.


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