I was just too old in my job search.
I found I was competing with younger kids, who were okay to ask for (or require) less money for their starting salary. Even though I had more experience, etc etc., I felt I was just too old.
Age discrimination – I was too old at 32.
I also felt discriminated against from the other end. I was just too young. Other “product managers” and “general managers” and IT execs that I was up against were about as old as my dad, and had decades of relevant experience. Way more experience than I had. I was simply too young, even though I had enough experience (I thought) and ambition to do the job right, and make a significant impact on the companies I was applying to.
Age discrimination – I was too young at 32.
Age discrimination sucks. Any discrimination sucks, of course, but I think age discrimination is one of the most common (I hear about it ALL THE TIME).
Over the next few days I’m going to share a story from someone who filed an age discrimination claim. The story is touching, of course, and it will likely make you mad… but there is sage advice in the story. For now, you can read a few other posts that have to do with age discrimination:
- Mitigation of Damages: Employees Bringing Wrongful Termination Claims Must Make Reasonable Efforts to Find Another Job – from the New York & New Jersey Employment Law Blog (11/7/08)
- Age discrimination in the midst of a downturn – Berke & Price Career Campaign blog (11/5/08)
- Employers advised to be aware of discrimination – ClickAJob News (9/24/08)
- RiseSmart offers advice for older jobseekers in Kiplinger’s Retirement Report – RiseSmart Blog (11/7/08)
- How To Knock Down Age Discrimination In Your Job Search – BNET (1/2008)
I should note, the story I’ll share this week is about an ex-employee and age discrimination, not age discrimination in a job search (that will be for later).