The topic of Employment and Age Discrimination seems to keep coming up (more than usual) in my word these days. It seems people want to spend a lot of time and energy complaining and debating if it exists, if it’s legal and how they can prove it happened to them.
So let me put all of your suspicions to rest… It happens – a lot! And it’s almost impossible to prove!
The conversation isn’t about how to stop employment and age discrimination. Talking about it only feeds your frustration and keeps you focused on what is “in your way.”
The right conversation to have is if Employment and age discrimination exist and I can’t fight it, how do I overcome it. How do I minimize/remove it as a roadblock in my job search and focus on what matters – getting hired?
It’s time for you to decide to stop being a “victim” of employment and age discrimination and be someone who overcomes it.
The truth is for many of you can’t afford to be a victim. You can’t afford not to be motivated to get back to work. You can’t afford to be out of work any longer. Too much depends on it! Your present, your future, your relationships, your ability to pay the mortgage or rent.
Fort most of you this will be hard to hear, BUT… most of the advice you have been getting all along hasn’t been helping you over come employment or age discrimination.
What you’ve been doing is drawing attention to your age and how long you’ve been unemployed. The advice you have been reading online and listening to isn’t helping at you.
This advice does not address employment or age discrimination! It is not designed for people who:
- Have 10, 15 even 20 years of experience.
- have been unemployed for 6, 12 or 24 months
- are over the age of 40
- have are over 40 and have gone back to school to re-educated themselves
Advice calling for you to sell you experience and say (or write) things like, “over 20 years of experience” are killing your chances – Dead! I am a professional recruiter and 100% of the jobs I recruit for require 3-8 years of experience. So telling anyone within earshot that you have over 20 years experience gets you eliminated.
As Tony Robbins says, “If you do what you have always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” So it’s time to change your approach. Here is an amazing video for you to watch.
The first thing you need to be asking anyone who is offering you advice is… “How many people like me have you helped get hired this year?” Ask them how many people that in your situation (that are battling employment and age discrimination) have they helped to get hired?
Don’t believe that some people are offering bad advice? Check out this interview I did with Tim Sacket who runs a very large recruiting firm and see what he has to say about it.
I know it’s hard to abandon everything that you have been told and try something new. Think of it like smoking. For years we were told that it was safe so people smoked. Now we know it is incredibly dangerous BUT thousands people still smoke even though we know it’s addictive and they can’t stop even though it is going to KILL THEM.
If the advice you are getting doesn’t deal with and neutralize the risk of employment or age discrimination, it isn’t helping you. And your life and future are too important to keep making the same mistakes and staying unemployed, so break your addiction to “safe” advice and do what’s right (and healthy).
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