I am over 60 years old and struggling with finding a suitable job. After successfully working in Fortune 10 companies for more than 20 years, I am now unable to get a position at a local hospital. Is it all because of ageism?
If you haven’t applied for a job or haven’t updated your CV recently, you should rethink the method you use to showcase your expertise and make your application more appealing. People don’t read most resumes first anymore.
An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is widely used by employers to sort candidate information and choose which resume is reviewed. Make sure that your CV adheres to the newest best practices. Read our guide to learn more about how to ensure your resume gets past ATS.
Although age-based inequality is unlawful, it’s still better to hide your age on your resume.
Older applicants usually try to include every job they’ve ever had on their CV. Unless your past employment has a job title or skill directly relevant to the job description, you should only mention your past 15 years of experience on your resume, according to Diane Flynn, co-founder, and CEO of ReBoot Accel in Menlo Park, CA. Her company offers training and job placement services.
As Flynn says, consider what attributes the company is looking for in a candidate and look for a way to show that you are the ideal choice for the job. For example, if you’re applying for the job as a marketing manager but have had a variety of other positions before, simplify your resume to only include marketing-related experience and skills that match the job requirements.
Swartz believes that using a Hotmail or AOL email address instead of a Gmail one is another indicator of age. Some businesses may not have a positive reaction if you have a Hotmail or AOL account. The reason is that these platforms are considered old antiques. “You want to have as much control as possible, so why not obtain a more recent email address if it may be seen negatively?” says Julie Q. Brush, founder of Solutus Legal Search, LLC.
Try to find the best environment.
The truth is that not every company will welcome senior employees, and as a job applicant, you want to ensure you’re getting the right job. Identify the organizations that place a premium on experience and go after those, says Flynn.
Most individuals say they want to work for a famous tech business or startup, but such a setting may not be ideal for them since most seniors don’t like reporting to a much younger boss, she says. In this case, a college or institution that prioritizes the expertise could be a better option. Flynn says, “You may also look into firms that aren’t well-known but are seeking experienced workers who can handle numerous tasks.”
Pay attention to a company’s overall track record on diversity and age.
Research and try to contact current or former workers to learn about the company’s culture.
Try to look for organizations that treat employees of all ages with equality and other requirements that you need.
It is because of ageism. Some employers think seniors would expect a higher salary and may be overqualified; therefore, they are reluctant to employ seniors.
Unfortunately, many different reasons are involved here. Some employers do not accept seniors at hospitals due to
1- The risk of physical problems such as sudden heart attack, stroke, or respiratory problems
2- Perceived concept of low energy
3- Obsolete and irrelevant knowledge and work practices
4- The inability to access information from the internet
5- Limited familiarity with modern apps and smartphones
6- The need for caregiving or sudden family problems such as spouse’s death or a family funeral
7- Dementia or Alzheimer’s
8- Issues of vision and hearing
It’s sad. Still, the list goes on, and the list above will show you how the younger employers and employees think of you. Senior’s knowledge and experience are undeniable. However, they’re no longer relevant and valuable to the young generation.
Proving ageism in the hiring process is no easy task. You might never know! Applying online isn’t an excellent way to go; going in via an agency is better, and networking your way in is best.
It also depends on the relevance of your previous experience to the job you’re targeting right now. You haven’t chosen the same field of work you have experience in, and your desired job is no picnic either.
Nevertheless, you can reduce the chance of being discriminated against by making yourself an excellent candidate: having the skills, being articulate enough to explain where you’ve worked, what you’ve achieved in each of your former jobs, and how your presence will contribute to their success. An interview is a sales call; you have to prove that your services will be adding to the company’s bottom line.