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The Age Phenomenon

I sit here writing this article. It is my birthday. It seems that it was just yesterday that I was 21. Where did the time go? I remember being 19 and thinking that by this time I will be working in a high rise in New York with a corner office. No, seriously that was my goal. I am sure me watching tons of movies that were based in New York with characters having corner offices had nothing to do with it. 😉 Of course, since then my goals have changed. I would rather not sit in an office all day by myself. I would rather be in an open space with my colleagues around me. As I add another year of experience to my resume, I consider how the recruiting industry views age and experience. One of the biggest biases in hiring is age. When we look at resumes, we view it with biases of figuring out the person’s age. This is why a lot of coaches will advise you to not go beyond 10 years of experience on your resume. Why does age matter? And why should it not matter? We think of older people as people who don’t have the energy or grit as young people. But that is a stereotype that needs to die. Age and ambition have nothing to do with each other. There are people out there who are 20 years old but only want to have a desk job the rest of their life. There are also people out there who are 60 something and want to do more in their lives. Next time before we turn someone away because they are too “experienced” or don’t have enough “experience” put our bias aside and just talk to them. They might be the right fit if we only take our filters out.

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