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For aging executives, here is the cardinal rule: do not make it easy for prospective employers (and they’re typically young recruiters) to discriminate against you.Sadly true, some recruiters and employers are age bigots. If you are older than their mind’s-eye vision of their ideal candidate you won’t be considered regardless of your relevant experience or accomplishments. No explanations. Sometimes there is not even an acknowledgement that you submitted a resume.
Bigotry is not about hate, but ignorance. In this case, candidates can do something to fight that misguided point of view. Here is what we advise our candidates:
Above all else, be confident. If you look good, feel good, possess the energy and up-to-date industry knowledge and, can demonstrate that you are “with it” in terms of the digital age, you can go a long way to diminish age bigotry.
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