Age and experience aren't always an advantage when you're job searching, especially in a competitive job market. The older you are, the longer it can take and the harder it can be to find a job.
Hiring managers can view older workers as more expensive to hire, as having outdated experience or too much experience, or as not being current with today's technology and working environment.
In fact, one of the recurring themes in the stories that unemployed job seekers have shared with us, is that age is an issue when you're job searching. Comments include:
- I think my age is my downfall right now.
- I have learned that age does matter in employment.
- My age seems to be my biggest enemy.
What's even tougher is that being considered old doesn't just happen when you're a senior citizen. You can be considered "too old" in your forties and fifties, sometimes even younger depending on the company or the industry.
What can job seekers do to combat age discrimination? There are ways that you can focus your job search, age proof your resume, and target your cover letters. These job search tips for older workers will help you maximize your chance of finding a new job.
Have you been discriminated against because of your age? If you have, we'd be interested in hearing your story. Here's how to share your age discrimination story.