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Subject:RE: Another question to ponder From:"Kathy Underwood" <Kathy -dot- Underwood -at- sas -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Tue, 19 Oct 2004 11:13:37 -0400
I think the question of age or other biases depends on the company. I also think that the problem with being older for some companies is that it also means you have lots of experience and strong views. I'm 57 with 25+ years writing & managerial experience with several major software houses. In my last job hunt I got a lot of "you're overqualified" comments. One manager even referred to my resume as "intimidating." I should say that these comments mostly came from younger people. FWIW, I'm not an absolutist. I taught tech comm at the college level for several years, so I know that there's no "unified field theory" for producing great doc.
When I was interviewed at my new company, my experience was seen as a good thing. They didn't express any fear that I would want to "move on" instead of stick with the work. (I had been with my last employer for almost 10 years.) I think this reveals a difference in the maturity both of the individual managers and in the overall organization (see JoAnn Hackos on the maturation of publication groups in her book Managing Your Documentation Projects).
From: bounce-techwr-l-178785 -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:bounce-techwr-l-178785 -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Gene Kim-Eng
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2004 1:56 PM
Subject: Re: Another question to ponder
Offhand, I would guess that it probably has at one time or another, but it's only a guess, as most people who practice discrimination, whether based on age, race, gender or whatever, are seldom stupid enough to be obvious about it anymore.
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