In my HRM classes I was instructed that its illegal under Title VII to ask age or any other protected class discriminating questions but I still see them on applications.
In my HRM classes I was instructed that its illegal under Title VII to ask age or any other protected class... see more
The employer is going to know the candidate's Date of Birth anyhow, so why do people continuously ask this rather pointless question? Other replies have indicated YES, to show the extent of a person's experience and hopefully wisdom towards performing a job, and some have said NO, that resume or application experience should be abbreviated and/or shortened to the last ten (10) years of work life; out of a concern for being branded/labeled as over-qualified. Each person's age does factor in to the insurance liability a Group (as in Group policy) assumes based on the composition of it's members, so this is a factor for many businesses because if the currently have 10% employees over 45 and during the course of a subsequent year this number increases to 20%, the rate the entire Group pays (or the employer's co-pay) may change as well. Does anyone else have information on this aspect of day to day business operations they could share? ~ Note to men: Stop coloring your hair, apparently some of those chemicals are carcinogenic!
The employer is going to know the candidate's Date of Birth anyhow, so why do people continuously ask this rather... see more
The problem with leaving it out on resume is most places have you fill an application out and ask for HS graduation. Before I retired I found myself needing a job for at age 57 because the business closed. I had decades of retail management experience with a verifiable track record as a successful store manager. In 2 cases I had several phone interviews with various people and was ultimately scheduled for a face to face. I was appropriately dressed and professional but in one case the interviewer was visually disappointed when I showed up with grey hair and saw I was obviously experienced. he cut the interview short and asked no questions only told me to watch my email for a message I knew would never come. Folks, ageism is alive and well and finding a good job at over 50 is a very disheartening experience. Your record of success and reliability is ignored or held against you. I was lucky. A combination of savings and part time jobs got me through but I was forced to take SS at 62 and roll the dice with health insurance. I'm doing well now but it was touch and go. I had some success with minimizing my experience and accomplishments but still ended up with mostly entry jobs.Chin up and keep at it. Be persistent and consider more than one PT job. I was working 2 PT jobs to get by. Sucks but sadly its a reality.
The problem with leaving it out on resume is most places have you fill an application out and ask for HS... see more
Applications aside, it's so easy to find (or guess) someone's age simply by googling their name. You don't even necessarily need to do a pricey background check. In my case, even though my resume only contains my last job, it was 24 years long (thank you, downsizing) so..... And as a sidebar, don't bother with AARP's job search. Unless you want to be a line cook at a restaurant chain or have a medical background, forget it. The shake-your-head moment was one of their favored employers has a question on their application regarding graduation date that is required answering. Who here doesn't believe that's just a way to suss out your age? Shortly after I filled out the application ::cough::Lowes::cough:: I received a thanks but no thanks email....even though the posting is still running a month later.
Applications aside, it's so easy to find (or guess) someone's age simply by googling their name. You don't even... see more
They don't have to ask age but when your last 3 jobs equal 33 years of tenure then it doesn't take much to assume you're in early 50s at minimum.
They don't have to ask age but when your last 3 jobs equal 33 years of tenure then it doesn't take much to assume... see more