Too Old to be Hired? Suggestions for Botoxing Your Resume

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Unemployment has spared no community in the past few years, but it’s been especially hard on older workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job-seekers over 45 make up a disproportionate percentage of the long-term unemployed population. And in many cases, those older workers never even get asked in for an interview. If you’re over 45 and applying for jobs, how do you avoid getting your resume tossed in the trash, and increase your chances of getting your foot in the door?

Beth Kobliner, the Takeaway’s work contributor and author of “Get a Financial Life” suggests that we try Botoxing our resumes. She explains how in this week’s work segment.

And Kat Brown shares her story of struggling with unemployment. A 58-year-old resident of Northern Michigan, she's been out of work for four years, and has had employers tell her to her face that she's too old to be hired.

Guests:

Kat Brown

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Contributors:

Beth Kobliner

Comments [2]

Matthew from Stillwater, OK

It can be challenging to apply for a job at any age - young or old. Companies always seem to be looking for the magic central number.

Is it all the experience on the resume that tips off the employers? How do they know the age?

I can't imagine why you wouldn't want to hire someone qualified, and it sounds borderline illigeal, and this is from a guy having trouble finding work because he's too "young."

Though most people generally think I'm five to six years younger than I am.

Mar. 02 2010 10:54 AM
Evelyn C. from WA state

I appreciated this piece and took notes, as I am often asked to write resumes for other. I am very thankful that I haven't needed a resume in 18 yrs. and appear to be welcome to continue in my job until retirement.

Mar. 02 2010 09:07 AM

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