Since sometime last year, there were a lot of commotions in empowering women and girls in the news. Well, in my opinion, Talent Specialists and Recruiters are not giving women like myself a chance to go back to the work-force. After some 15+ years working for the same IT company, I was laid off in 2014. I did what was necessary (put up a LinkedIn profile, update my resume, and reach out to my network for help), and I still didn’t received any calls. That was fine with me. I figured that God finally answered my prayers of 7 years to be a stay-at-home mom. I love being a stay-at-home mom! I learned many things that I couldn’t have done while working. (This will be another story.) But it’s time for me to go back to work.
Earlier this year, I started looking for a job. On my resume and LinkedIn profile, they show that I stopped working in 2014 and that I have a 3-years gap of unemployment. I figured that I had a better chance of getting employed than someone with a 10-years gap. WRONG! I have to face AGE DISCRIMINATION as well. Right now, I’m telling myself that being in my 40’s suck! This added factor makes it even harder to get a phone call from Talent Specialists and Recruiters. Why does age matter? What matter should be the individual’s work experiences, contributions, and accomplishments. I recommend to all Talent Specialists and Recruiters that they shouldn’t pass resumes because of the gap years and age. If the candidates have the experience that the company is looking for, then just be human and call them to find out why they think they’re good candidates for the position. If you like what they said, then convey that to your boss. Your boss, in turn, can go to the company and present the candidates. All I’m saying is give stay-at-home moms who want to go back to the work-force a chance. Just a thought!!