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Age Discrimination?

Not only is age discrimination illegal, it also reflects bad business sense. Any forward-thinking company knows it’s not a worker’s age that counts, it’s her ability to get the job done--especially in today’s tight labor market.

If you think you’ll face problems getting a job because of your age, here are some tips to follow:

  • Rely on your network. People who know you personally will vouch for your ability as a worker.

  • Don’t mention your age. It’s also illegal for an employer to ask how old you are.

  • Use your age to your advantage. In interviews, stress how your experience has prepared you to handle a multitude of challenges--and give concrete examples.

  • Dress to fit your personality, not your age. If you’re naturally casual, you’ll feel comfortable in today’s relaxed work environment. But if you’re the stockings-and-heels type, don’t go overboard in the other direction and dress like someone you’re not.

  • If you feel you’ve been discriminated against because of your age, seek help from an organization such as the National Senior Citizens Law Center or your state’s Equal Rights Commission or labor agency.

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