I got this from Linkedin, thought it was interesting and worth a repost
I HIRED a candidate with 30 years experience. The HR manager was not impressed. She said he is ‘too old’ and won’t “fit into our culture.”
He had been laid off by his previous employer due to restructuring at the age of 53 yrs. He kept applying but was rejected for being “overqualified” which led to his ’employment gap” reaching almost 1 yr.
Everyone is looking for that 18 year old with 20 years experience.
This guy brought an abundance of experience and taught me a lot that I never learned from all my years in the industry.
You can’t Google Experience. Employers if you want good talent you need to be considering the “OVERQUALIFIED” candidates.
The truth is ‘Overqualified’ is really the code word for age discrimination. AGEISM in the workplace is very real and quite acceptable.
It seems the EEOC has no interest in enforcing the law. ATS systems require dates. If they don’t ask your age, they require employment dates and the date of college graduation.
Our society needs to change. All that should matter is if the candidate has the right skills and attitude to do the job.
It’s time to stop discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age.
Sorry, I haven’t posted much as of late, I’ve been taking care of my wife who is at 35 weeks pregnant and ready to go at almost any time. I wanted to talk about Truly Nolen, a company of folks here with a branch in Albuquerque. I (as well as my wife, who wanted the experience of riding in a mouse limo) got to observe something that not many get to observe nowadays. What is that you might ask? The company taking their employees out on an outing. Even in a down economy, they took their employees to the AAA Championship Game back in September. They were giving prizes as a thank you for hard work, It amazed me that companies still do that. Which got me thinking, even if companies can afford to do things like Truly Nolen did; They can pat their employees on the back in other ways. Telling someone, “good job” is better than telling nothing.
Starting next Monday, I am happy to announce that we will be starting podcasting on Newmexicotwocents.com. If you would like to be a guest, email me or call me at 505-238-7718. I’d love to hear your ideas for show topics. Monday’s show will have topics ranging from Politics to jobs and anything else on your mind. Want to get a comment in email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you. I also want to pose a challenge to all of the Republicans who are running for President and President Obama himself, to come on the podcast and really sell yourselves to the American people. With the big question on their minds, why should we trust you to run the country past 2012 for four years?
I can say like most of you, you’ve seen a drop in your business to some extent. The purpose of me writing this particular post is that I’m looking for good economy stories, for a regular beat I do.
The politicians keep saying that we are in a form of the great depression. Sad thing, I agree. When you have college educated individuals, those who have been in there jobs for a good number of years and several other individuals, you know the economy is truly bad. You notice an uptick in public assistance requests.
If those same politicians would do something to help small business, by helping freeing up lines of credit, bring down inflation and help eliminate the national debt.
So this brings to wonder, with someone with my qualifications, why cant I find solid work? I have researched what I may or may not be doing wrong, but lets all hope that this economy turns around quick. Okay, I will now get off my soap box.