Not so with age. Put your “Date of Birth” on a resume and it will hit File 13 without so much as a glance.
Leave DOB off your resume and employers can determine your age bracket simply by reviewing your experience.
Further complicating the situation is that potential employers can deny interviews to legitimate prospects without facing consequences because there are so many loopholes available to bypass the “age” factor.
Age discrimination is also a consequence of downsizing. Firing someone because for being too old is far easier than race or gender. All a company needs to do is create a bogus reorganization plan with job descriptions disguised as other skills. Voila, the older employee is out and a younger, less experienced new hire has a job. Translation, youth commands a lower salary. Experience be damned.
American society is aging. Baby Boomers are now reaching what was once called retirement age. Still, age is overlooked and under-reported by the media, and many Boomers cannot afford to retire.
It is not uncommon today to hear broadcasters, celebrities or politicians make grandiose wagers using outlandish dollar amounts. During the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney challenged a fellow debater to a $10,000 bet. Doesn’t everyone relate to that?
Bill O’Reilly makes no qualms about his wealth. Oprah Winfrey shops for $38.000 pocketbooks. Rush Limbaugh has become rich beyond imagination pretending to be a voice for the common man.
When Donald Trump plays golf with other celebrities, their “friendly” wagers would probably pay the annual salary for an unemployed senior citizen.
Then there’s Barack “In-Your-Face” Obama who had the family dog privately flown to
All of the above, except one, earned their wealth. They deserve to enjoy it as they wish. But they all also claim to be advocates for the little guy.
There is another drawback, however. In general, the public does not relate to personalities and politicians as being seniors.
The subject of age goes unreported by the seniors mentioned above and others like them because they live in a world where applying for a job is non-factor.
Celebrity status alone allows them to command huge speaking fees, book deals and other financial rewards that supplement their already exorbitant salaries. In truth, they are incapable of relating to an average senior citizen who has no possibility of a job interview.
If a senior is already a major corporate executive or a retired politician with a network of resources in the “good old boys club.” that’s different.
Bill O’Reilly is a one man book-of-the-month club. However, if he was not Bill O’Reilly with a national FOX outlet to promote his material, how much more difficult would it be for him to find a publisher?
Rush Limbaugh has been on the air for 25-years. When he started Limbaugh was not a senior citizen. Chances are if he was not a celebrity today and walked in off the street, considering his age, they wouldn’t even look at his resume.
Apologies for a personal reference, but as one who took a one year assignment in
One reason for going was to learn more about the country responsible for killing 3,000 people on 9/11/01.
Another was to bring back some Saudi oil money and put it in an American bank. A token protest for sure, but it felt good.
Last, and most important, is because it was available.
Here’s the irony.
Opting to live in
High profile television reporters and journalists do not report about age discrimination because they already have jobs and are unaware of it. Senior celebrities are oblivious to the problem because they are employed and do not have to deal with it. Even if they did, many are already so wealthy that age is not a factor.
Why then do they keep working? Partly for ego and recognition, but mainly because, like other seniors, they enjoy being productive and relevant.
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