In a previous blog, I outlined how millions of experienced professional women are not taken seriously in today’s workforce, even though the government states that there are more jobs out there than there are unemployed. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/does-media-fairly-present-under-employment-rate-among-reynold-lewke/
Ageism is by now a recognized fact of life. Sadly, in today’s corporate reality, not much will change as long as people are stuck on traditional hiring methods, including job descriptions, interview techniques, etc. A hilarious example of that is seen in the interview scenes for the movie “The Intern”. https://youtu.be/be89oG61V2g
The first issue is rooted in the tradition that most managers typically hire in their own image. That is, they hire a potential successor – someone 5 to 10 years their junior. From that worldview, if the hiring manager is 32, it is unlikely that they will hire their 58-year-old mother.