How to Overcome Ageism in Your Job Search

Ageism in the job search process is real. It’s estimated that more than half of older workers have experienced age discrimination during their job searches. But there are steps you can take to combat ageism and improve your chances of success when looking for a new job.

  • Know your rights: In the US, the 1967 Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects people over the age of 40 from being discriminated against due to their age.
  • Know what employers are looking for: To make sure employers understand that you're up-to-date on industry trends and practices, emphasize any continuing education courses that you've taken, certifications that you've earned, or conferences that you've attended related to your field.
  • Highlight Your Experience: Employers want candidates who have not only industry knowledge but also wisdom gained through life experience—the kind that only comes with time and perspective.

Showcasing your updated skillset to potential employers helps demonstrate that you're capable and knowledgeable enough for the position even if you don't fit into traditional employer expectations based on age alone. With these tips under your belt, you can confidently show employers why they should hire someone with years of experience instead of overlooking them due to their age!

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