If you are a 50+-year-old worker, you have probably experienced some ageism at work. Whether you have been passed over for a promotion, perceived as someone who isn’t current on the latest trends, or not included in the water cooler discussions, negative perceptions about seniors are common.
But how do you know which are true and which are assumptions? If you want to address them, you need to know what people actually think. ResumeLab polled 900+ Americans to find out just how ageist we are. You can look at the complete results on their website, along with the graphic showing the highlights. Here is what they found:
Though about 50% think older workers are resistant to change and are less healthy, independent studies actually show this is FALSE.
People (45%) think older workers aren’t interested in additional training or career development. This actually TRUE.
Younger workers think older workers look down on them, 41%. Not enough evidence to support either way.
About 40% think older workers are more expensive to train or retrain. Primarily TRUE.
With this information, if you are an older worker, it is imperative that your resume dispels these stereotypes. You must communicate your ability to be current, up on the latest trends, a life-long learner, and willing to mentor others.
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