Work experience is a valuable asset in finding a new job - up until a certain point. Then many employees find that age rapidly becomes a liability.
Age discrimination has been illegal in the U.S. since 1967. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist in a more subtle form. About 80 percent of executives believe there is moderate or severe age discrimination in the workplace, according to a recent survey of 900 senior level executives age 40 or older by networking and career coaching firm Gray Hair Management. And 73 percent of the executives believe they have lost a job opportunity because of their age.
At what point does age begin to negatively affect hiring decisions? The executives said:
Before age 50 24 percent
Between age 50 and 54 39 percent
Between age 55 and 59 23 percent
Age 60 or older 11 percent
Approximately 1 percent of the executives stated that age is never an issue in hiring decisions.
Note: Totals do not add to 100 percent due to rounding.
Source: Gray Hair Management, 2008.
Tell us, at what age does age discrimination begin?