The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) was passed to protect workers from ageism in the workplace. But, unfortunately, this type of discrimination still occurs within organizations and, possibly even more so, within hiring practices today. Why? Because hiring discrimination is difficult to prove.
So, how can you fight age discrimination before a hiring manager, recruiter, or HR professional dismisses your candidacy based on your age? Here are 8 ways to combat ageism in your job search:
1. Don’t Let Your Email Address Be The First Barrier.
It’s possible that, at some point in your life, you’ve created an email address using your birth year, graduation year, or some other significant date or year. Instead of using your firstname.lastname@example.org address when you’re on the job hunt, opt for a cleaner email@example.com address to utilize for professional purposes.
2. Dates of Graduation? Leave Them Off Your Resume.
There’s no need to share this information until it’s time for a background check. You’ve earned your degree (and maybe an even a higher level of education) so there’s no reason that the date of your graduation should hinder the possibility of you receiving an interview. The fix is simple – leave the dates of graduation off your resume.
3. Your Resume Is a Marketing Tool – Not An Autobiography.
This is where things can get tricky because you can’t skip the dates of employment on your resume – it would lead to all sorts of possible questions on the employer’s end. And, being that you have a lot of experience, you probably want to share it all with a potential employer. Here are some things you can do instead:
- Only focus on the last 10-15 years
- Showcase knowledge about the latest industry trends/topics
- List up-to-date certifications
- Demonstrate how you’ve become a leader in the space
4. Showcase Your Ability to Adapt.
5. Continue to Find New Ways to Grow & Develop.
6. Network, Network, Network!
7. Look for Opportunities Share Your Knowledge.
8. Believe Your Experience is an Advantage – Not a Liability.