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Is your email address important?

Yes.

Consider this: a friend, in his mid-50s, shared that a colleague laughed when he admitted to having an AOL email account.  When the laughter subsided, my friend indignantly asked why that should matter.

For his generation, AOL was the new cool, but today, it symbolizes being out of date.  AOL reflects an “old school” vibe.

In a time when age discrimination is rampant, when you are moving from your 40s into your 50s, being seen as out of date can be career limiting.

While the ATS resume scanner may be age-blind, the sad fact is that many employers are not. 

Do not let something that seems so unimportant be the factor that pigeonholes you into the “too old” to interview category.