Re: Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness

Subject: Re: Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness
From: Pro TechWriter <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Sarah Stegall <sstegall -at- bivio -dot- net>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 08:06:24 -0500

I KNEW Stevie Ray when he was 14 (I'm from Dallas and have a friend who went
to high school with the Vaughn boys). Brother Jimmy is a contemporary. I
guess I'm old then :-D
I've enjoyed this discussion, so thanks to everyone. It's an issue that I
deal with frequently, and most of the people I work with are younger than
me, some of them younger than my children. But I don't think about that.
Generally I enjoy working with people who have different cultures and
backgrounds, are different ages as well.

And, if I go to interview at a place and the age range is a homogeneous
20-something, I can see that experience may not be in the company's top five
values. Not only that, but if everyone looks like white bread, that
indicates to me that the company culture, directly or indirectly, supports
excluding those who are "not like" them. I don't want to work there.

Diverse workplaces are more creative and have better ideas because of the
differences in the people, not in spite of that. Many companies have thrived
and been very successful because they not only support diversity, they look
for it. Look at the demographics in Fortune 50 companies like
PricewaterhouseCoopers. They have lots of different kinds of people. And
they are very successful.

PT

On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 7:28 PM, Sarah Stegall <sstegall -at- bivio -dot- net> wrote:

> Or seeing the Beatles in concert, or the original broadcasts of Star
> Trek...
>
> These days, saying you saw Stevie Ray Vaughan in concert is enough to
> get you labeled "over the hill".
>
> Sarah
>
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> Behalf Of Chris Morton
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>
> >
> > My advice to job seekers remains: try not to let on how old you are
> when
> > you interview for a job.
>
>
> You mean like making a reference to having voted for Nixon? Or missing
> the
> Vietnam draft due to a high lottery number? Or having seen the Electric
> Prunes in concert in Ann Arbor right after having graduated from high
> school?
>
> > Chris
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References:
Re: job-hunt weirdness: From: Erik Hare
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
RE: Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: Sarah Stegall
Re: Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: Chris Morton
RE: Aging out was RE: job-hunt weirdness: From: Sarah Stegall

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