How To Avoid Age Bias In Your Job Search

Jeff Altman
6 min readMay 17, 2022

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Age bias is real, but it doesn’t have to be your reality. In today’s job market, it’s common for older workers to feel like their age is a major roadblock to finding new opportunities. Many older job seekers are afraid that potential employers will see their age as a negative rather than a positive asset. However, it’s important not to let that fear hinder your search. If you want to avoid age bias in your job search and continue battling the interview process with confidence, follow these tips:

Stay positive

It’s true that there has been an increase in age discrimination in recent years. However, age bias is not something you have any control over, so it’s important to stay positive regardless. If a recruiter or hiring manager senses you’re ashamed of your age, they may be more likely to use your age as an excuse to turn you down. Stay positive, stay confident, and stay focused on what you can offer an employer, not just what an employer can offer you.

Don’t be ashamed of your age

When you’re job searching, it’s easy to get caught up in the negativity surrounding ageism. However, it’s important to remember that age has nothing to do with skills, abilities, or productivity. Age discrimination occurs when a potential employer makes an assumption about your abilities based on your age, not your experience. That’s why it’s so important to avoid letting your age be your focal point during your job search. You want employers to fall in love with your skills, not your age.

Stay current and relevant

One major misconception about older workers is that they’re not relevant in today’s job market. However, many older workers are extremely current on the latest trends and changes in their industries. They’ve had years to hone their skills and become masters. If you are currently employed, make sure to stay current on industry changes and stay abreast of any new or updated technologies in your field. Also, consider taking classes or workshops to stay up to date on trends…

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Jeff Altman

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. Career Coach. Host of No BS Job Search Advice Radio & JobSearchTV.com. Join JobSearch.Community. It will help you