Addressing Age Bias In The Job Search Process



A recent study of U.S. professionals over 40 showed that there is more age bias during the job search process than at work. According to the poll, 60% of people have endured age bias during their job search process.

Today, employers place higher value on applicants who are up-to-date in their area of expertise, technically smart, and willing to make an impact. While employment should not be limited to a particular age group, numerous companies think otherwise. In fact, 90% of people who witness age bias in the job search process experience it regularly.

While age bias is more common among older professionals, younger professionals are also made to ‘dance to this same music’ in some cases. To help manage age bias in the job search, we have curated tips to help you address this for both the older and younger professionals.

Tips to Help Address Age Bias In The Job Search Process

1. Manage Your Online Presence

Having an online presence is a way to demonstrate your skills and prove to potential employers that you are up to date on technology and help clear the stereotype against older professionals.

LinkedIn is one of the popular places for job searchers to identify and grow their talents. It is also one of the best places to build connections for companies you are interested in.

To succeed here, you need to ensure that your profile is properly drafted. What this means is that you should include a professional headshot, keyword-rich summary, professional expertise description, and a strong headline.

For help with any of these areas, you can research the LinkedIn help section. There are also many great tutorials on LinkedIn and on YouTube that detail all the steps. A Career Coach can also assist you in updating so that you have a profile that is optimized and helps you stand out.

2. Make Your Resume Age-Neutral

When it comes to screening applicants to fill in job openings, the resume is frequently the most important tool used by HR directors yet, they're also exposed to bias. To help minimize this issue, the following points are advised:

  • Do not include degree date or date of graduation
  • Avoid listing jobs that are more than 10-15 years old
  • Remove your exact street address
  • Produce a LinkedIn Profile that matches your resume

3. Prepare for a Virtual Interview Process

Virtual interviews are getting more prominent than interviews done in-person. They are commonly conducted via Zoom or GoogleHangouts. However, your attitude towards preparing for it should be similar to if the interview was in-person.

Dress neatly and avoid distractions whenever you are invited to a virtual interview. You should also dress for the type of role and company that you are applying for.

It pays to practice ahead of time and make sure that your computer is properly setup. If possible, find out what meeting application you will be using so that you can make sure it is installed on your device and you can practice using it.

4. The Right Company

The reality is that not every association provides the most suitable environment for older professionals. You may feel out of place as an older professional in a company surrounded by youths. There are several websites available to help you conduct thorough research on the company you want to work with.

Tips to Help Address Age Bias In The Job Hunt Process for All Professionals

1. Flaunt Your Skills

Companies and businesses are more interested in hiring people with the skills and competence they need than they are about their age. Showcasing your skills can give your potential employers a better idea of what you can do for their organization, as well as the range and depth of your work.

It is also important that you get certified from credible organizations to help boost your skills. Look for certifications from credible sources to punctuate your expertise. Finally, before you submit your resume ensure it narrates both your soft and technical skills in detail.

2. Build Professional Relationship

Building professional relationships with other professionals in your field is a great way to demonstrate respect and a positive character. You may never know which relationship would direct you to your next job.

Connect with the top leaders in various professions through social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn. Build a community and become acquainted with people around you by following them on social media, and by sharing in exchanges.

3. Have Long-term Goals

It is often believed that younger professionals are statistically more likely to leave their current jobs for other opportunities than older professionals. Nowadays, employers are looking for candidates with skills who prefer to be in an organization for a longer period of time than candidates that change jobs frequently. Ensure you convey your interest in long-term success with their organization during your interview.

4. Be Teachable

It is expected that an employee is teachable and willing to learn for the long term success of an organization. Because the world is evolving, it is expected that before 2030, about 375 million of the world’s population would need to learn new skills to remain relevant.

This means that if you lack the relevant skills for a particular job and are unwilling to learn it, you can be sure about being laid off. Remember, the older professionals today were younger professionals yesterday.

Conclusion

Getting hired or advancing your career can be challenging in the face of age bias. While age bias is a problem in the field of technology, using the strategies discussed above can help shift the focus to your potential skills and the value you have to offer in the organization.

Here at VanderYacht Consulting, we will help guide you through this process of getting your desired job while minimizing age bias. Let’s get started, contact us today.

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