RE: Job market and potential age discrimination?

Subject: RE: Job market and potential age discrimination?
From: "Gilger.John" <JGilger -at- acresgaming -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 10:30:37 -0700

I myself was laid off last month. Despite a somewhat depressed job market in
Toronto (although things are picking up a bit), I got 2 interviews at 2
companies and would probably have had 1 or 2 more but received an offer
after less than one month of searching. I'm not trying to brag - I only have
4 years experience as a writer - but feel I have a good resume and good
interviewing skills, which are critical.


I agree with Andrew that a good resume and good interviewing skills are critical, now more than ever. But also "only having 4 years experience" is a plus. It is enough time that you can show you know what you are doing, but you are still mid-salary. I had one technical writer tell me she had left off ten years of her resume, because of her perception of age discrimination. Having 19 years myself, I have considered doing that, but don't feel comfortable with "not being myself". I was wondering what some other techwriters are doing about it.....

Rosie Wilcox

I have faced obvious age discrimination in past job searches and dropped the first 20 years off my resume.

I am trying to draft a good functional resume that emphasizes what I can DO rather than what I have done ;)

John Gilger
Senior Technical Writer
Acres Gaming, Inc.
Las Vegas, NV

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