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At What Point Does My Age Work Against Me?

Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan

Dear Liz,

I got laid off in 2015 and I decided to take a sabbatical, because I got a decent severance package. The sabbatical came just at the right time, but now I am finding it hard to get back into the workforce.

I am starting to wonder whether my age is working against me. I am 49 but I was blessed with my dad’s hairline and I could imagine that I look older than I am. Do you see much age discrimination among job-seekers my age?

It is hard enough to get a new job without facing discrimination based on nothing more than your age. I have a very strong business background right up until I got laid off.

I haven’t heard a recruiter say “You’re too old for us,” of course,  but I am applying for Senior Product Manager jobs, and a lot of Senior Product Managers are younger than I am.

I have the energy and vision to do a great job if only an employer will give me a chance. I would be very grateful for your suggestions on combating age discrimination in the job-search  process.

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