In June 2014, I was laid off from a Fortune 500 IT company after 15 years of service. For the rest of the year, I had set-up my LinkedIn profile, updated my resume and subscribed to job-boards. Each time I saw positions that I was interested in, I applied online. I did this for 6 months and I received no phone calls. I didn’t think much of it the first time until January of 2017.
2017 rolled in and I decided that it was time for me to go back to work. In January, I looked and applied for jobs online. I didn’t receive any phone calls. At the end of January, I realized that maybe the reason why I wasn’t getting any phone calls was because of my age. I read somewhere that employers want Millennials because they were technology savvier than the older generations. So, in the beginning of February, I decided to update my resume and LinkedIn profile. I deleted my college graduation year and 10 years of my work-experience. I even colored my hair to cover-up my grays so that I can upload a recent photo of myself in my LinkedIn profile. Additionally, I used professional services to write my resume and cover letter, and to update my LinkedIn profile so that I become more visible to recruiters. Surprisingly, it’s only been two days after my update on my LinkedIn profile and I’ve received 2 phone calls from recruiters so far.
What I’ve learned through this experience is there is a thing called Age Discrimination during a job search. Even though there is a law, we can’t sue the recruiting company or hiring company because it would be very difficult to prove. Liz Ryan wrote a great article called The Ugly Truth About Age Discrimination (http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2014/01/31/the-ugly-truth-about-age-discrimination/#308470d844e7).