I’m a 56-year-old IT worker who got laid off last year and has been unemployed ever since. I have a hunch I’m not finding work due to ageism. How do I prove it?

Research shows that after the Great Recession, it took older workers who were displaced about twice as long to find a new job as younger workers.

Workers aged 50 and over have a harder time finding work than younger workers, research shows.
Meanwhile, surveys suggest that this group believes they face age bias in the workplace.
Here, an expert shares how workers can prove they were discriminated against in hiring decisions. 

 I’m a 56-year-old IT specialist with a solid track record and resume, and I’ve been unemployed for over a year. I estimate I’ve applied to over 300 jobs. I’m not sure why I’m not getting them, but I suspect ageism has something to do with it. 

Last October, I was laid off from a major computer company, where I’d worked for five years, as part of a corporate realignment. Before that, I’d worked at another big tech company for 20 years. 

I apply for every job for which I’m remotely qualified. And I’ve had exactly 31 interviews, most with frontline recruiters. I’ve been a finalist for a job a few times, but it’s always gone to someone else, often decades younger.

I’ve lowered my expectations and I’m still not having any luck. One company offered me a help desk position for half the salary I was making. A recruiting coach suggested removing all dates from my resume and hinted that I start dying my hair. 

I see my age and experience as an asset and it bothers me that companies don’t. I want to call them out on their prejudice. What can I do?

Ours is a youth-obsessed culture and the workplace is no exception. A 2022 survey from AARP of nearly 3,000 of its members found that roughly two-thirds of workers over the age of 50 say they believe older employees face age discrimination …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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