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Is age discrimination real in IT?

By sloan ·
I had always heard about age discrimination, but never thought it would apply to me until I was in my 50's or 60's. I'm still in my 40's, and think I'm seeing it in my job search.

I've got what I think is a pretty impressive resume, but seldom get called for an interview even though I think the job is something I am really suited to. A couple of times, I have had the face-to-face, but never the follow up.

I was beginning to think that maybe I interviewed badly, or my resume wasn't as good as I thought. All kinds of self-doubt. I worked with a person that specializes in helping people find jobs (a coach, not a recruiter), and she suggested going back to one particular employer to ask some questions.

I explained that I respected their decision, and was not trying to second guess it, or anything like that. I explained that I had been looking for work for a long time, and wanted to understand what I was doing wrong so I wold do better going forward. At first, the person was a little hesitant, but she explained that they had chosen a younger candidate because they would bring more energy and fresh ideas. She also said that in their experience, people my age would not be satisfied with salary they were willing to offer for the position.

Lastly, she said my resume was great, and I had interviewed very well - no changes needed there.

So what do you think?

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I am hitting this wall as well

by clark1 In reply to New Low For Age Descrimin ...

I just turned 40, went thru a midlife career change and having trouble landing a decent job. I have had several interviews with both staffing firms and direct hire positions but no second calls. I graduated in 05 with a degree in Network Admin and currently am working part time for a sheriffs office.

I am getting alot of good experience, but getting that full time job seems to be getting harder and harder. I have no reference to my age on my resume, and when I have called back about my interviews a couple of times I was told "they hired somebody in-house", or the position was filled soon after I interviewed.

It really makes you think and it does affect your attitude if you let it.

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Hang in

by Tig2 In reply to I am hitting this wall as ...

The market has been improving but not as much as we would all like to think.

Contracting is a good option until you find the right place. And learning to network will come with the territory.

I'm over 40 too and have other issues that tend to bar me from a job. That said, I have a good one. You can overcome a lot.

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Mid career is the roughest.

by Locrian_Lyric In reply to New Low For Age Descrimin ...

Nobody will even consider you for 'entry level' positions, and you're not experienced enough for the top shelf positions.

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oh **** yes

by jck In reply to Is age discrimination rea ...

It is prevalent as can be.

I'm not even 40 yet, but I've been overlooked for jobs in lieu of "new grads" for various reasons, but the main one being that they can hire them for less and work them just as much if not more. Younger people have to prove themselves more than experienced people in the IT world.

That's life. Until the law penalizes business severely for not hiring the most qualified, you'll never have a fair shake...whether it's discrimination against age, race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

God bless America...cause we need it.

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by Tig2 In reply to oh hell yes

Amen, brother.

Just this morning I read a diatribe by an Indian (dots, not feathers) demanding that we understand why they are superior to us and we should be understanding and accepting. And welcoming.


I am trying to understand the new paradigm. I may never get there, but I try.

Please, God. Bless America. We don't just need it, we're desperate.

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Did I read you correctly??

by clark1 In reply to Yep

Why they are SUPERIOR to us?
The ONLY thing they are superior to us is in butchering the English language.

As to your last line, you are so right my friend, soooooooooooo right.

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it's really all too sad

by jck In reply to Yep

if you're a minority in the USA in many cases, you have carte blanche to defame and discriminate against the majority...the ultimate in reverse discrimination...

If I ever got told I was inferior to anyone and that I should accept it, I'd tell them:

"How about we wrestle then and let me show you who is superior? I can do computers and beat you in athletics."

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Your experience is only 2 years in IT

by billballew In reply to Is age discrimination rea ...

Mega Ditto's on age discrimination. The real issue is that no matter what you know and how deep you think your experience is, it is and will NEVER be more than 2 years or so. I have 35 years of outstanding experience on systems, languages, etc that no longer exist. Even the ones that do change so frequently your experience is NEVER more than 2 years old. In addition, most IT hiring people know nothing and think the best person to work on their computers is a middle school kid about 14 years old. Note a 14 year old is at his pinnacle - he has 2 years experience.

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by dryflies In reply to Is age discrimination rea ...

I have moved in my career several times and until I reached 40 it took me 3 months to find a position that I wanted. at 44 I was laid off from a position (large company massive layoff) and spent nearly 15 months before I finally found a position that would feed my family. it was not an engineering position but was an IT dept mgr position where I am still employed.

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YES! IT Is True!!!!

by mikeadams1137 In reply to Is age discrimination rea ...

~edited for my protection. Yeah, It exists.

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