Brigette Hyacinth, bestselling Author, and an Inter-national Keynote Speaker on Leadership/ Linked In
“He is ‘too old’ for this job.” The HR manager said to me after we interviewed John(not his real name). John had been laid off by his previous employer due to restructuring at the age of 53 yrs.
Ageism in the workplace is very real. I see uproars over every other “ism” (sexism, racism…) but ageism is being swept under the carpet. To the HR manager’s disappointment, I did hire John. John brought a wealth of experience and taught me a lot that I never learnt from an MBA. Experience is invaluable. You can’t Google experience! Today, many jobseekers are rejected because they are “Overqualified.” Overqualified is code word for ageism. It’s time to stop discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age.