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7 ways to mitigate age discrimination in your job search

Sharon Florentine | May 29, 2015
Age is just a number -- but it's a number that can hurt your ability to land a great job in the IT industry, where youth is equated to innovation, efficiency and success. Here's how to make your age an advantage, not a deterrent

"If you've left your job, or if you've lost your job, understand that it can take longer as an older person to get a new job at the same level. Take the opportunity to blow the old paradigm that the only real job is a full-time, full-benefits job with retirement. There's a much more fluid, flexible job environment out there today," says Myers.

Emphasize your strengths -- including your age

Chances are, you've accumulated a lot of knowledge and experience over the years. You've been there, done that, and lived to tell about it. Many organizations are eager to tap into the depth and breadth of experience, so make sure you're highlighting where you've been and what you've accomplished over the years.

"You have a hell of a lot of advantages based on your experience and your wisdom. That's something much younger workers don't have; it'll take them years -- and a lot of mistakes and mishaps along the way -- to get to that point. Use that wisdom," Gillis says.

Use your network

After all these years in the job market, you've probably got a huge, extensive network of contacts, right? Now's the time to use them. "Don't hesitate to use it [your network]; especially leverage former colleagues, business partners, customers and clients, as those people have worked with you, know your abilities and your work," he says.

"You can't change your chronological age, so don't waste mental energy thinking too much about it. Older workers who understand that their maturity and expertise are true assets are more likely to land the job they want," says Myers.

 

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