The only good age for applying for a job is 35, according to a former Amazon recruiter. ‘Otherwise you’re too old and overqualified or you’re too young and under-qualified’

There are steps older workers can take that capitalize on their age and experience and increase their chances of getting hired.

Research suggests older people have a tougher time finding a job compared with younger workers.
Lindsay Mustain, a former Amazon recruiter, and other experts share advice for these jobseekers.
One pro tip: Remove graduation dates from your resume because it invites employers to do math.

Landing a good job — one that excites you, challenges you, and that pays well — is not easy, even in today’s tight labor market. It can be especially tricky when you’re an, ahem, more seasoned, worker and it feels like every company under the sun craves Millennials and Gen Zers. 

According to Lindsay Mustain, a former Amazon recruiter turned career coach, there’s only one good age for job searching and that’s 35. “Otherwise you’re too old and overqualified or you’re too young and under-qualified,” she said.

The very idea stings. And while Mustain is half-joking, there’s a germ of truth to her words. Research suggests older people have a tougher time finding a job. One study, which analyzed hundreds of papers by economists, sociologists, and psychologists, found that job seekers over the age of 50 were unemployed 5.8 weeks longer than those from the ages of 30 to 49, and 10.6 weeks longer when compared to people 20 to 29. No doubt age bias plays a role, and there are things you can do to prove it. 

Ageism is harmful and discriminatory, but experts say there are things you can do to try and inoculate yourself from some of that bias as you go about your job search. Your goals, they say, are to capitalize on experience and contacts by burnishing your brand and maximizing your professional network.

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Source:: Businessinsider

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