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Age Discrimination in Hiring—a Hidden Problem


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly half of those who’ve been out of a job for six months or more are over 50. It is an undeniable truth that it’s much harder to find a job when you’re over a certain age, but it’s also hard to prove. 

    When you’re on a job search, it feels like you’re putting hundreds of résumés out there, and they’re going into a black hole. When you don’t get a response from a company, you have no insight into who did get called for an interview, or why; as such, it’s hard to prove that age was any kind of factor.

    Similarly, sometimes the employers themselves don’t even see older candidates because they’re being screened out by recruiters and employment agencies.   MORE

5 Ways to Respond to Ageism in a Job Interview

by Rebecca Zucker, Harvard Business Review

As the global population ages, we will see increasing numbers of older employees in the workforce. Yet age discrimination is prevalent today. According to a recent AARP study, nearly two out of three workers age 45 and older say they have experienced age discrimination.

    A bias for younger employees is seen not only in the tech sector, with seven out of 18 top Silicon Valley companies having a median age of 30 or younger, but also in non-tech sectors. A study conducted by the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank showed that callback rates about jobs were lower for older applicants, with women having lower callback rates than men.   MORE

How to Add Volunteer Experience to LinkedIn

by Paige Doepke at

A Quick Lesson in LinkedIn Etiquette:

LinkedIn is a place to sneak in pieces of your personality and passions in a professional manner– like through volunteer experience.

    Why Add Volunteer Experience to Your LinkedIn Profile   MORE

Need a Part-Time, Home-Based Job?
These Companies Are Hiring
Thirty companies stood out in hiring for these positions
during the first six months of 2019

by Chris Kissell at

Looking for a little extra cash on the side? You can’t do much better than a part-time job that lets you work from home. Fortunately, many companies are hiring for such positions right now, according to FlexJobs, a subscription-based job board for remote and other flexible positions.

    In fact, during the first six months of the year, 30 companies were particularly active in advertising such positions, according to an analysis of more than 50,000 companies in the FlexJobs database.   MORE

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The following is an insight into the world of job seeking and reminder that you are choosing your next employer as much as they are choosing you. These thoughts are from renown businessman Seth Godin. You can find more observations and wisdom at Mr. Godin’s blog.

Rules and Responsibility
“Use your best judgment.”

by Seth Godin

Bureaucracies have a very hard time saying this to their staff.

    They create an endless series of scripts and rules, procedures that force people to not care. “I’m just doing my job,” which is the precise opposite of, “I see the problem and I’m going to fix it.”

    As any organization hits a sufficient size, it will increase rules in order to decrease responsibility. Because they’ve gotten big enough that they no longer trust the people who work for them.

    Is that a job you want?

    Is that a company you want to hire?

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