I’m 5 months into a job search and facing disguised ageism!
I say disguised because it’s not articulated or stated but at certain stages in the recruitment process you’re quietly dropped from the selection list in-spite of being over an 85% fit on the job specs.
Initially I looked inwards and evaluated areas of myself and my job search process that I could improve. I took the help of a CV coach and ended up with a CV I’m delighted to send out and use. And I took help from an executive coach to improve my clarity of thought and personality projection.
Yet the next role hasn’t, as yet, materialised (though there are a couple of discussions on-going).😄
Being a matured, senior professional, not once did my age cross my mind as being a limiting factor. This revelation literally shook me. I have to say I didn’t know how or what to do simply because this is a bias. It’s an area over which one has no control. It’s tough to fight biases and perceptions.
Tough but not impossible and I love a challenge!
So I have joined the battle against AGEISM with the intent of creating awareness on this issue. It’s important to me for a few reasons:
- I live in Malaysia and the country is soon going to have a larger number of senior citizens.
- This brings with it pressure on the healthcare, wellness and service industries to have facilities that are catered for senior citizens.
- More importantly is the socio-cultural interaction that is starting to occur in the work place which now has Baby Boomers down to Millennials present.
Thanks to LinkedIn I met three key people—Norma Kraft, Andrada Anitei , Chinedu Junior Ihekwoaba— recently. With each there has been a sharing of views and thoughts which have gone on to amplify certain values dear to me.
Norma shared her #AgeDoesNotDefineUs campaign against ageism and having been victim to it I simply loved the example she put up regarding the issue of ‘being OLD’. Here’s the link to her post in LinkedIn.
And here’s the video she shared in that post:
Watch this and and ask yourself–What is AGE?
Join in with your views and comments here👇🏽