Double Whammy for Women Job Seekers Over 40

PrintThis article from the Huffington Post, discusses new studies which reveal that the group most discriminated against in hiring are women over the age of 40.In a study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, 12,000 fake résumés were sent out, all from women with college degrees:

  • Women aged 35-37 and 40-42 received callbacks 11-12% of the time
  • Women aged 55-58 received callbacks only 9% of the time


The article also deliberates the effectiveness of applying online for jobs for the older job seeker:

The record-keeping requirements of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)  are that employers keep for one year “job applications, resumes, or any other form of employment inquiry whenever submitted to the employer in response to his advertisement or other notice of existing or anticipated job openings, including records pertaining to the failure or refusal to hire any individual.” Which makes us wonder if the now commonplace practice of applying for jobs online doesn’t actually hurt older workers. Older job applicants send their resumes into the black hole of the Internet, rarely getting back so much as an automated response — and then the company can trot out their interest as proof of due consideration of them?

Read the entire article here.

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