Experience adds value…
Experience is a journey through time.
They say it takes 10,000 repetitions for someone to master something. This takes time. If you work in business for 35 years as I have, it translates, at regular 8-hour days, to over 60,000 hours of experience (and this is before adding all the overtime). A wealth of experience. And for me, and I am sure for most, a source of pride.
So you go through this long journey and then one day you lose your job. All of a sudden, you are counseled that everything you’ve done you are to disguise, take all dates out of your resume, don’t say anything to date yourself, etc.
So i ask: who are we going to fool on the first interview? If we are to be “found out”…”Wow Mary! he’s old”…why go through the socially degrading pretense of disguising who we are?
Of course, we should not be naive about these things, we can’t control what other people do and it is natural that eventually the young displace the old, but I do ask: “does it have to be this way? Isn’t there a better way? Can we preserve the respect and dignity of people that have worked for many years, built a wealth of experience, with many accomplishments they are proud of?
Does it occur to the gatekeepers of today that the very system they are perpetuating will grind them next?
Recruiters, HR executives, CEO’s, people in charge: this practice is not necessary. It may not be done with bad intentions but still it is insensitive. If you have need for our experience, use it, if not, don’t. But either way, do it with human respect and dignity.
I am 63 years old in a continued journey of experience, and proud of it. If you want to use my experience…well…my age is an inseparable partner.
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