Dodging the Age (And Any Other Discrimination) Bullet in a Job Search

Employers are not willing to admit it, but discrimination happens all the time during the search for a candidate to fill an open position. Most candidates don’t realize that there are clues that they provide every step of the way to employers that can ‘tip’ off prospective employers about personal attributes Spectrum Email .

Sometimes, employers don’t like what they see based on a variety of personal biases, and this can lead to the callous ’round-filing’ of a resume that puts your career document at the bottom of the heap or worse yet, in the garbage can. Some employers shrug off dumping of resumes in this fashion by saying, “What? I never received anything from you… sorry…”

This kind of discrimination is difficult to prove indeed.

Recently, I met one-on-one with nearly 50 members at WEC in Vancouver, BC to discuss their resumes, and a common refrain included concerns about their age. Seems that many people, for a wide array of reasons, are finding the card deck stacked against them, and what they didn’t know is that what they are saying in their resume is what is holding them back from the next level of the screening process.

It takes a little time, but you’ll need to ‘neutralize’ your resume of those red flags to remove those obstacles. Here are some key tips to take into consideration to help dodge age or any kind of concerns that employers might have in reading your resume before you are selected for an interview:

1) Beware of the ‘silly’ email address. Got a social email address? Great. Feel free to keep it, but make your job search email address PROFESSIONAL (and remember to check it often if you have to create a new one). Use your name and don’t include numbers that might include your age, what year you were born, or what year you graduated high school. Don’t include any information about your personal interests which can also tip off employers. Keep it professional and simple. And if you have a common name like Sue Smith, then create an email like suesmith12345 at your email provider address. It’ll make a world of difference on the employer’s perception of your professionalism!

2) Only list up to 15 (no more than 20) years of work experience. Fifteen years experience is actually your sweet spot, so if you can find some kind of ‘break point’ either in a different position within the same employer, or at a different company altogether, then you want to cut off your experience at that job record. And let’s face it, employers aren’t so concerned with what your sales numbers were in 1984, right?

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