Fighting Age Discrimination

Although the position, role and influence of the elderly are increasing in the world, the discrimination for this group still exists in everywhere. The elderly usually face up to social isolation, which is affected by erosion in intergenerational relationships in a family, community, and society. In a survey of more than 1,502 older adults, about 64 percent say they have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace. Of those, 92 percent say it is very or somewhat common, according to the AARP report "Staying Ahead of the Curve."

Age discrimination happens everywhere, but the irony here is this problem was considered as normal thing in the society. It started when the media always describe the elderly as old, and shivering image. These common attitudes accidentally push the elderly into the dead end, and it also creates an effect on their mental health. Age discrimination can be a difficult spiritual experience for the workers. In addition, you may also have financial difficulties due to the inability to find a job, a refusal to advance or the loss of employment.

In the workplace, for example, sometimes it may be just some inadvertent words, but you will not be able to avoid the feeling of being treated like a child or an old man. Those comments will affect your spirit, productivity, or even send you a message that you are not qualified to reach your current position or you are lacking experience in the job.

Studies show that older people who have a negative attitude toward aging will live 7.5 years shorter than those have positive attitudes. When the elderly feel that they are burdened people, they will think that their lives have no value, placing them at risk for depression.

The World Health Organization has called for radical changes in attitudes toward aging and the elderly in the face of the number of people over 60 expected to double by 2050. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends giving up the idea that the elderly are vulnerable and dependent. Then we must highlight the diverse contributions of older people in the family, community and society which are much more valuable than the costs of providing care and support to them. WHO believes that over the years the emphasis has been placed on the burden of the elderly on society, with little mention of their positive contribution. Countries should pay less attention to the cost of support and care, but efforts to create more conditions for them to work according to their abilities and aspirations, and to share work with family and society.

Age is still a concern for many job seekers who are not as young as they were on graduation day. They are starting to worry about the fact that employers will get them out of the list. When they need to find a new job, they even try to hide their real age. However, according to leading career consultants, there are many positions in companies that need hard candidates, rather old. Because these people are competent, experienced for some important positions. That is why you can completely turn age restrictions into strength for yourself.

If you spend time focusing on work, bring good effects to the company, age does not matter anymore. Other young co-workers may still play games, or even still not really be serious about working. So just show your dedication and devotion to the job. Focus on your immediate goals, by meeting the mission entrusted of your company, this will be the strongest key to staying on top of your competition, even if more and more competitors are looking at you. You should combine your expertise and past experience to ensure the best results for your job.

Another advantage that can be seen in older applicants is the stability of family life. If young people have a lot of personal affair or busy caring for their children, then you are totally dedicated to your career because your children are grown and your family is stable. That balance gives you the ability to wholeheartedly mind your work, less distracted.

According to Lavie Margolin, author of the tool "Support for job seekers," candidates who have had many years in the profession should be aware of age as a strength, "contrary to the graduates, they can demonstrate their maturity with a wealth of experience in the past.”

The senior applicants have the opportunity to shine brighter with real-world experience, as long as they know how to show employers what they have: the ability to finish work on time, flexibility, adaptability, problem solving skills, management skills, independence and teamwork, stability, long-term commitment. By the way, with years of experience, you should have credentials for the employer to prove that what you say is reliable. The key evidence is what you have achieved to date.

Showing those advantages by experiencing in the past, you can reverse the fear of age when faced with employers. If in the interview, the recruiter usually focuses on age, then you should try to divert, bring the recruiters focus on your skills, experience. Long-term work experience is the advantage of older employees. So take advantage of yourself by applying for positions that require long-term work experience or you can start your own self-managed company. Companies and employers always appreciate the enthusiasm of the candidates. So, show yourself as a passionate person, ready to do everything for the company. Do not hesitate to express your views in the interview.

The old-age candidates are often anxious to adopt new technology. That makes them lose some confidence, even though their experiences are redundant. However, you can rest assured and believe in your success in the future if you study hard, to access new technology. It may not be as fast as the young, but being hard working can help you quickly succeed. In the digital age, looking for a good job and career development, especially for an older employee, you need to have a deep understanding of the Internet to keep up with the young. Through the Internet, you will receive a lot of useful information, catch many good job opportunities for yourself.

Age is not a problem for employers to choose you or not. If in the interview, the recruiters focus on age, then you should try to divert skillfully, bringing recruiters focus on your skills, experience. This strategy will help you feel comfortable and satisfied with what you have, and that mind is more impressed with the interviewer.

You can learn many things from young people, otherwise you will guide and convey the experience that you have. For example, young people often have very good computer skills, so you can ask them about computer knowledge. However, their living and working capital is not much. So communicate your valuable experience with them.

The older employees are often obsessed and lack confidence in their age, claiming that their abilities and qualifications are not equal to young employees. However, their thinking is wrong because in the digital age, sometimes not high technology can solve all the problems. Long-term care can help companies avoid risks.

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