RE: Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness

Subject: RE: Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness
From: "Sarah Stegall" <sstegall -at- bivio -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L Writing" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 16:44:32 -0700


Like every other statement one can make about a subject, there are of
course many caveats, disclaimers, and qualifiers possible. And God
knows, we'll cover them all on this list sooner or later. I am making a
general observation, not formulating law or policy.

My own boss is younger than I am, as was the boss before him.

What I'm saying is that age discrimination has happened, I saw it
happen, and I've interviewed in situations where I have actually been
asked if I would be comfortable working for someone younger than me--and
then had my affirmative answer openly disbelieved. I have spoken to
other technical writers who were told (off the record, of course) that
they were considered "too old" for the position; the most common
euphemism employed was "overqualified".

Maybe this has happened to you. Maybe not. Are we going to argue about
whose experience is more valid? Silly waste of time. I'm not going to
change my opinion that age discrimination is rampant and nearly
ineradicable in Silicon Valley. Smart employers will hire experienced,
mature older workers; fools will not. As in any field of endeavor, the
fools outnumber the smart folks.

My advice to job seekers remains: try not to let on how old you are when
you interview for a job.

Sarah


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References:
Re: job-hunt weirdness: From: Erik Hare
RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: Dana Worley
Re: job-hunt weirdness: From: Peter Neilson
Re: job-hunt weirdness: From: Dana Worley
RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: Sarah Stegall
RE: Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: Leonard C. Porrello
RE: Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: Sarah Stegall
RE: Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: Leonard C. Porrello

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