Finding a job can be difficult. But what should you do if no one seems to be willing to hire you, and you are convinced it has nothing to do with your resume, skills or experience?
Elizabeth says that even though she has a law degree, she can’t find a job – and she’s certain it’s because she is 59 years old. “After law school, I sent my resume to law firms that didn’t respond at all,” she says. “If I did get an interview, the minute I walked into the office, I knew I didn’t have it. I had one person make fun of my clothes.”
Dr. Phil is joined by Susan Weinstock, AARP Vice President of Work and Jobs, to offer advice on how to fight back against age discrimination in the workplace.
Susan tells Dr. Phil and Elizabeth that age discrimination in the workplace is quite prevalent. “AARP recently did a study of older workers and found 61% of them said that they had experienced or seen age discrimination in the workforce, and 91% of them said it was common,” Susan tells Elizabeth. “But the problem is these are very hard to prove.”
She adds that older workers are protected by The Age Discrimination and Employment Act, a federal law that covers workers and job applicants 40 and older, but it’s very hard to prove age discrimination.
In the video above, Susan explains five tips to age-proofing a resume -- emphasize recent career experience and achievements, remove graduation/school dates, avoid including a career objective, include up-to-date computer skills that are relevant to the job, and avoid broad statements about experience – and how they can help older workers applying for jobs. If you are experiencing age discrimination in the workplace or while looking for a job, visit AARP.org/Work, where you can learn more about your legal rights, job search tips and connect with employers who do value experienced workers.