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The Power Of Oldness: Age Discrimination Against Older Workers

Older Workers, have you experienced age discrimination? 

Screen shot from video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks8P9ZTdmhY&utm_content=buffer6ec40&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=bufferAs we all know, age brings with it experience and a level of wisdom. We are involved in the community, in an active life and in the economy of our country. Most of us have embraced technology and have a good understanding of the world around us. Yet still every day people face age discrimination, in the workplace and in life in general.

This is never clearer than when an older person applies for a job where the company is actively seeking a younger person in the role. They don't say that in the job advertisement of course, but they have it as an underlying criteria for the role. It's devastating for older workers when they encounter this time and again.

Of course not every older worker experiences this problem. But those who undertake a job search without considering the best strategies to use – those who send out hundreds of resumes in a scattergun approach ("If I send out enough I'll eventually get an interview"); who don't tailor their resume to the job they are applying for; who have outdated resumes; who don't access the hidden job market – usually do find that their age seems to be a barrier.

This video is from The Australian Human Rights Commission. It demonstrates, perhaps a bit clumsily in their attempts at humour, that being older has many advantages. "If you are lucky it will happen to you."

Have you been discriminated against because of your age?