He remembers the exact date -- November 30, 2008. That is when Hue Galloway of New Britain, Connecticut was laid off with just a week's notice from his job repairing printers and computers throughout the state. His annual evaluations, he said, had been good -- 30 years of experience and 'never a bad review,' but that didn't keep him from being let go without any real explanation.
Without question, there is an age bias out in the hiring market. Job candidates over 50 (who fall into the Baby Boomer bucket right now) definitely have a few hurdles to overcome. Some valid, some not. Here are some of the reasons that I believe influence companies when considering older job candidates.
Work sharing has obvious benefits for the workers who would otherwise have been laid off: they aren't forced to look for work in a weak labor market; they maintain their skills; and they suffer relatively little lost income. They might even use their downtime to acquire new skills. Employers benefit, too.
Are you over 50 and working for a company that pays you a solid full-time wage, plus benefits? If so, I probably don't know you. Certainly, you're not one of my LinkedIn contacts. Because when I scroll down that list, it turns out that almost every 50-plus person I know is self-employed, a consultant or a 'freelance professional.'
In a time when most businesses are obsessed with the newest, latest, greatest thing, Proctor and Gamble has reached back into its past. The iconic American company has ousted its current CEO and brought back the 66-year-old A.G. Lafley for another go as Chief Executive. The business world is abuzz after this executive shake up, trying to figure out what the future holds for the company.
Job seekers tend to resuscitate the resume they used to find their previous position by simply adding another block to detail their most recent position. What many don't realize is that they need to pay special attention to remove information that may date them and inadvertently lead to age discrimination.