Seven (7) Tips To Overcoming Ageism In Your Job Search

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

It is no secret: companies who cultivate a greater balance in the diversity of their people and ideas evolve at a much more productive pace and benefit from the insight and capabilities on every level. Engagement thrives with inclusiveness, not exclusiveness.

Today, age discrimination continues to be a struggling topic many talented individuals find themselves feeling the burn, with anxiety kicking in for some as early as forty! What's going on, right? In a recent talent talk, one executive in the luxury hospitality sector expressed frustration as the string of interview questions received from a recruiter swerved into the 'so, how old are you' pause. Not only is asking candidates their age completely unethical it is entirely outdated and irrelevant to the science and strategy of finding high performing talent today.

Nevertheless, the lack of ethical foundation persists; which is largely due to societal ignorance based on a general baseless brule. Age discrimination is alive and well in today’s workplace, and while there are many factors at play, ageism is undoubtedly one that’s taken a considerable toll on the career growth of many exceptional individuals.

So now that we are aware of the situation, what can we do about it? Below I've listed seven proven points to help navigate your journey, reboot your understanding of the work-scape and devise a mental and physical plan to reenact your career presence.

Before we head on into the matter of this, keep-in-mind you are accomplished and have gotten as far as you have because you have brought tremendous value to what you do. What we will be doing here is not intended to add 'more stress' or other ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) that may feel overwhelming in the job search process.

Instead, our journey is to streamline your strengths with the tools you already have to work with; and perhaps, learn a few new ones that complement your current career direction. Now, let's get into things.

1. Know Your Resume Cut Off Point

Keep your resume experience relevant to your career growth point. This means, have a cut off point, particularly if you’re a senior level executive. At this stage, you need not include your very first job post. Keep it clear, concise and consistent with your career growth position, ambition and strengths. Sticking to your growth point also helps employers reading your resume to immediately recognise where you are in your life and where you are most likely to bring the most significant value. Cut off points tend to be around the last 10-15 years, but this varies depending on the job and industry. Consider speaking with your recruiter or contact me for a complimentary career consultation which happens every Wednesday.

2. Stop Sending Blind Resumes

When editing your resume think of not only the things you have done but also consider what you can do. Stop sending blind resumes without carefully reading and understanding what the company is hoping to achieve. Sending blind or bulk resumes will only frustrate you: particularly if after sending dozens of resumes, you've gotten little to no reply.

Instead, read job descriptions with your personality in mind. Think ahead of how you can tone and condition the language of your content to accurately and honestly reflect your relevance and vital desirable competencies and achievements that draw immediate attention towards your brand and potential as a candidate. If you are unable to produce a resume that speaks for who you are, what you've done and what you can do; consider working with a professional that can help with your resume. Find resume resources here.

3. Make Your Resume ATS Friendly

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4. Social Networking

No, I don’t mean start inboxing all 500+ of your LinkedIn connections. Rather strategise. Know your industry and identify the social platform that's most rewarding for you to leverage your voice and experience. For many, this is LinkedIn. This can also vary considerably on your industry and what you do.

In Job Seeking there are two main ways to identify the scope of productive networking: (1) Direct Networking and (2) Vertical Social Networking.

A. Direct Networking - Building Integrity, Intelligence and Energy