We met up at our temporary San Francisco office last week for an intimate conversation on work after 50. Contributor Nancy Branka opened the discussion to what many find as a road block to fitting into the modern workplace “mind-set”, which she covered in her story last week on learning new workplace tools.
Below is part of the conversation that got moved to our Slack Channel (join here).
Carole: We had an intimate, but spirited! conversation at our San Francisco office earlier this week. One question we posed: do you eliminate the graduation years from your resume/LinkedIn profile or otherwise “age-proof” your work history?
Steve: No, but now you have me thinking about it 🙂
Jeff: I hear it a lot. Or avoidance of offering up your age. Especially women who face more age discrimination than men.
Fred: I would be transparent and make your case why they are crazy not to talk to you.
Nancy: I did remove my graduation year from LinkedIn a couple years ago. My thought is that I try to keep only what’s relevant on there, and grad year isn’t. I’ve also eliminated some of my experience that’s not relevant to my current “self.” That said, I’m very open about my age when having a real conversation.
Fred: Cool. I killed a lot of my past too. I have the experience in the field and if what I am doing now doesn’t appeal to someone, then you probably don’t want to work there. It’s a feel in addition to the resume for an employer.
Jeff: If you had financial insecurity, a family to care for, etc. and you thought that the person interviewing you might hold age bias, how would that change your answer?
Carole: I expect age bias unless proven otherwise. But that’s a good point, Nancy about eliminating non-relevant experience. And I have found that HR people are very literal-minded, so if your old job title doesn’t quite match the hot, new terminology, you get passed over.
Carole: My Master’s thesis was on “Educational Technology”, but back in 1997 that meant “Oregon Trail” and other CD-Rom games, Encarta, super-basic HTML, and noodling around with MacPaint. Obviously I’ve moved on and learned a LOT since then, so the year I received my Master’s doesn’t reflect what I know now!
Jeff: I get it. I think where you started (industry / skills) makes for a nice aside in a conversation about who you are today. Surprisingly to me, my early career could be considered a perfect first step to where I am today. There were twists and turns but the core philosophies and interests are the same
Fred: Plus, there are algorithm that look at resumes at the big companies and filter for exact skills and words of jobs they need filled.
Join the conversation on our Slack Channel (It’s easy, we’ll show you the ropes).
We’re working in San Francisco this spring and we’re hosting some intimate, informal events to discuss career continuity after 50.
We’ll meet in downtown San Francisco on Wednesday, March 20 from 6-8 pm. We’ll provide light snacks and beverages.
The topics for discussion are lifted from our recent market report “Understanding the 50+ Worker”:
- I’m not done yet!
- Learning new skills
- Financial readiness
- Ageism in the workplace
Jeff Tidwell and Carole McManus, Co-Founders of Next For Me
Eraser photo bb Neukomment on Flickr