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Over 50? Sorry, We Just Can’t See You

by Patrick Gleeson at

Every minority in this country faces discrimination in one way or other, including Americans over age 50. For them, one of the persistent problems has been how quickly they become invisible as they age.

    The media have rightly been criticized for contributing to almost every kind of past discrimination in this country through their depictions of minorities… These unfortunate stereotypes haven’t disappeared entirely, but at least they no longer appear routinely in major media. This can’t be said for media’s depiction of older Americans.   MORE

Heard of the Glass Ceiling? What About the Age Floor?

by Vicky Oliver at

Even in this boom economy, workers aged 50 and up are finding that their age can be a giant barrier to finding work. And even though companies aren’t allowed to discriminate based on age, plenty of evidence suggests that they do. Older workers can’t find jobs — or even interviews — even though the country is practically at full employment.

    Psychologists at Princeton University called ageism “the most socially condoned” form of prejudice. And it’s intensifying. Older workers are the fastest-growing labor group in the U.S. These days, people are healthier, living longer and either need to or simply want to keep working.   MORE

How A.I. Could Enable Ageism,
Discrimination in Hiring

by Nick Kolakowski at

Could artificial intelligence (A.I.) and machine learning make ageism in tech—already a widely recognized problem—even worse?

    That’s an issue that companies of all sizes will have to confront as A.I. and machine learning are integrated more tightly into the recruiting and hiring process. Imagine a scenario in which a firm’s A.I.-powered résumé-screening software begins excluding people who graduated from school before a certain date, or exhibits bias based on gender or race.

    This scenario isn’t implausible.   MORE

How to Make a Video Resume

by Conrad Benz at

When it comes to job-hunting, video resumes are a tricky topic.

    A great video resume can inject some personal flair into your job application, highlight important skills, and demand the hiring manager’s attention.

    However, depending on the job you’re applying to, they can also be unorthodox or inappropriate.   MORE 

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Make it Personal
Fortunately for the 50+ job seeker, you have many chances to make it personal

Despite all the technological changes that have invaded the job search world in recent years, the familiar adage “people hire people” still rings true. Fortunately, there remain numerous opportunities for you, the job seeker, make it personal.

    Let’s start with the new technology that may have had the greatest impact on job seeking over the past couple of decades – LinkedIn. One sure way to expand your network and/or to possibly gain a foothold into one of your target companies is to utilize LinkedIn. You will be far more likely to advance your job search if you add a personal note to any request to join with someone on LinkedIn.

    Rather than simply clicking “connect,” you always have the option to write a personal note along with your invitation. Take advantage of it. Make reference to a mutual acquaintance, or to your interest in the company, anything to make it appear that you’re not just randomly seeking LinkedIn connections.

    This is especially true if you were referred to someone by a mutual acquaintance – whether it’s LinkedIn, email or something else. Always be certain to include your referral.

    If you’re fortunate enough to land an interview, be certain to refer to your interviewer by name – even if it’s only the last name. Refrain from using a first name unless (or until) invited to do so by the other party.

    Your follow-up thank you note is yet another opportunity to make a personal connection. Refer to something you discussed in your interview, or refer to something you have in common such as school attendance, city of residence (current or former), hobby, etc.

    Making your contacts personal humanizes you in their eyes. And, like the old adage says, people hire people. You’re ahead of the game if they see you as a person rather than a candidate and if you make them feel the same.

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