Top tips for job-seekers on tackling ageism

Tips for Tackling Age Discrimination

1.       Apply only for jobs where you have the right skills and experience and which you genuinely want, these criteria are the most important in employer's recruitment decision-making.  

2.       Take off your date of birth from your CV unless you are straight out of school and want to show why you haven't got much experience yet.

3.       Highlight recent achievements to demonstrate the value you can bring to the organisation in terms of increased efficiency, improved quality, reduced costs, greater market reach, innovation etc.  

4.       Don't include all of your work history if it goes back a long way. Very early career history can be omitted if irrelevant or roles grouped together, if you have a long career history.

5.       Sprinkle positive action words in your CV - like "Led, Created, Initiated...". Employers want to see candidates with high energy and motivation.

6.       If there has been clear evidence of age discrimination, then you can pursue a legal claim. See www.acas.org.uk for more information. 

 

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