Employers are sneaky today they now ask what year you graduated from high school. That's how they get away with age discrimination.
I was hired at a concierge in an assisted living facility. My job was to greet people at the door. With Covid , I had to take temps and fill out questionnaires for each person coming into the bldg. I collected mail and distributed it to residents. I answered phones, helped with serving at mealtime and played bingo with the residents. New boss said to do activities. That wasn't part of the job. We had a Woodstock day and because of their ages, none of them had ever heard of it. Of course, I explained it but they couldn't relate. The music played was out of the 60's and 70's. Most of the residents were of the Frank Sinatra, Patty Page and Tony Bennett fans. They never heard of Jimmy Hendrix or Janis Joplin. Needless to say, as much as I hyped it, they really didn't get it. We played corn hole and at one point my boss said, "I know how to talk to old people" meaning me and she laughed. At a staff meeting she was handing out gifts and saying what each person's job was. When she got to me, she said "I don't know what she does". There's more but I'm tired of going on. Life is not fair especially when you're old.
Age discrimination is real. My last company VP tokd me they prefer to hire kids straight out of college so they can mold their minds the way they need them and he was in his 50's but started straight out of college. I found a lot of companies telling me that. Now I'm in the job seeking market and I keep getting to that 2nd-3rd-4th interview and each time stating I interviewed very well but they chose someone else. The reason I'm over qualified or I might get bored. I didn't want to admit that especially since the people that interviewed me are my age over 55+.
Saddens me we are not embracing what our age market can bring to the table.
I have a 2nd interview next week with another company and so many fears are coming up.. I will be myself, if they don't like me due to my age,, NEXT!
I've experienced that before which job did I not get
Thank you for your honesty. I will work on my resume and cover letter
I feel for you. Happened to me, too... after 11 years and at 53 my job and the job of a woman who worked me (who was 60 and had metastatic breast cancer) were "discontinued" due to a change in business plans. My employer proceeded to replace us with two much younger workers in redefined roles with the exact same combined salary expense. My colleague took the minimal severance offered, but I instead filed an EEOC charge. After 18 months, the EEOC issued me a "right-to-sue" letter, but a lawyer told me I was unlikely to be successful with a lawsuit because I had nothing in writing or statements witnessed by anyone to prove it was because of age. I hear that sometimes the EEOC will coordinate a mediation to resolve differences out of court, or in some cases even prosecute a class-action lawsuit themselves. But in my case they did next to nothing either because of COVID or because my employer was small and not high-profile enough.
I was fired as were 4 other coworkers who were all over 55 years of age, company said it was because of a change in business plans. Go figure that !
What they don’t seem to realize is that many new retirees don’t HAVE to work - but - WANT to work.
Silvia I love what you said. I'll have to remember that when I go on an interview.