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Any advice regarding age bias? There is a lot of

Any advice regarding age bias? There is a lot of information about diversity and inclusion but not about age discrimination. I'm actually looking for new opportunity and I have the theory that the reason I have been rejected is age. PS I have doctorate degree and over 20 years of experience.

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    I am a 50 something professional. I live in a college town. My game plan is to go for the jobs that need a niche filled or those jobs that require a unique background only accomplished through experience. I believe it is our responsibility to fill those jobs where we have the most to contribute to the company's bottom line. And, yes age discrimination definitely exists. And, yes some of those employers would not hire an older worker only because the worker does not fit into their business model [ maybe cots too much ] but there are many employers do see value in a diversified work force and that is where you want to be.

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    I wish there were some tools out there for hiring managers to know how to avoid being ageist, or even just how to recognize they may be. Age diversity is also a thing that should be valued along with other types of diversity and inclusion. Leaving off any years on the resume or not being asked about it (directly or indirectly) only gets you so far in the process. I wonder if anyone has had success in just bringing up the subject, in the right way, during the interview, or just talking about it more openly in general.

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    It's real! I am late 50's but went back to get my degree so graduated in 2006. I had amazing phone interviews etc with many companies but when I showed up in person and had a great interview, I never heard from them again! I do look about ten years younger than I am but it was an eye opening experience. I presently work for a group that hires many older workers- we get stuff done! I also had to accept a 30K paycut. I''m starting to test the waters again, hopeful that hiring has changed a bit. I'm bored to tears but it's a job that provides benefits and a 401k.

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    Yes, age diversity is real...yet there are many companies that do not practice this. Please keep trying to find the job you want. We must spend too many hours to be sucessful at work not to enjoy what we do.

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