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‘Botox your CV’ v ‘Judge the skills not the birthday’

by on November 19, 2014

These are just two of the interesting ideas from this article by City law firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co in relation to age and work.  Written by Ruth Ormston, it explores some of the issues relating to age and job search in the current economic climate. What I particularly like about the piece is that:

  • it doesn’t look at these issues from the perspective of only one chronological age group but instead asks what issues workers of different ages might face when trying to get a (new) job; and
  • it draws comparison between age and race/ethnicity at a conceptual level in its consideration of how one might test the extent and effects of discrimination.

Without necessarily recommending this as a course of action, the article cites the experience of Lisa Johnson Mandell, author of “Career Comeback – Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want”, who struggled to find a new job at the age of 49 until she ‘botoxed her CV’ by making it age anonymous. She then apparently “got responses to resumes within 20 minutes of sending them out and job offers within two weeks”.

Better perhaps if employers were simply to ‘judge the skills and not the birthday’ – especially since this works to the advantage of people of all ages.

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