Ashley Wilson
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9 months ago
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Your graduation year...

Has a potential (or existing) employer ever asked you for your graduation year? If so, you are NOT alone. This may seem like a harmless question, but chances are the employer is trying to determine your age. Here are some things you should know and what you can do!

-What employers CAN ask The Age Discrimination in Employment Act does NOT prohibit an employer from asking about an applicant’s (or employee’s age), or from asking other questions that may help the employer determine a person’s age such as when you graduated high school or college. It is currently legal for them to ask.

-What they CAN’T do It is however 100% illegal for the employer to take that information (graduation date, age, etc) and then discriminate based on that individual’s age. For example, saying something along the lines of, “You are too old for this role."

-Is this happening to OTHER people? According to AARP, two out of three workers between ages 45 and 74 say they have seen or experienced age discrimination at work, and job seekers over age 35 cite it as a top obstacle to getting hired. If you happen to work in the high-tech or entertainment industries, your chances of experiencing age discrimination are even higher.

-What YOU can do Make sure to keep your skills updated on your resume and show them you are current. Unfortunately, you cannot prevent someone from inquiring about your age. If they truly want to know they will likely ask, but if they do, answer honestly and with confidence. Again make sure your skills are updated and clearly show in your resume that you can take on the role before you even apply. If your skills aren’t current, take a class or two and be prepared before you apply. When in doubt if you feel the company just might not be right for you, do your research first and then apply. It even might help you avoid that question, to begin with.

It's better to work for a company that values YOU and all that you bring instead of seeing your age as an obstacle.

Has anyone ever shot you down because of your graduation year?

What did you do/say?

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Ken Wescott
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1969

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Marilynn Hopman
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It happened soooo many times.

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Terri B
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O BOY yes. I have to call BS on the "we require your graduation date to determine blah, blah, blah..." Sure...pull the other one.... This is just a legal way of weeding you out if you're not a 20 year old with 40 years of experience. That particular loophole needs to be closed yesterday. But with the pull Big Business has we're not likely to see it anytime soon.

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Richard Armstrong
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When I tell them the year I graduated...they hang up without another word!!!

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Cathy Adams
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Yes I have at least 4 times ! Ask what year I graduate ? I am honest ! They either hang up the phone or offer me a thank you

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Kelly Delis
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1986

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Rafael Angel LopezFerrer Sr.
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Oh, I'm so shifting into snarky gear... If an employer asks me about my graduation year, I'll tell him 2012, which is true for my associate degree. As long as the hiring manager doesn't ask me about my high school graduation year... 1982! Shh!

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Michele Hale
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I couldn't start college until 40. I graduated 2010.

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Alana Husky
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I also believe your weight play a factor. Everytime I interview they always question can I handle the job while looking at my body. Yes, I am over weight but it has not stop me from doing things. My age could be a factor to. But no one has out right said so.

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Michele Caglione
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They never ask me anything and I am not overweight really!But i would tell them anyway if they asked me

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