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Age Discrimination and Retirement Job Searches

Updated on July 6, 2011

Dealing with Age Discrimination

One of the realities of life over 50 is age discrimination. Although it isn't legal or fair, experts agree that it is a reality. Naturally, other reasons will be given for why you didn't get the job and that makes it difficult to prove that you were discriminated against on that basis.

Often you are eliminated as a potential employee by young, inexperienced recruiters, and your potential employer never knows about you.

I think that one of the best ways of finding employment is through contacts. LinkIn is touted as a great place to make connections and where people can see your resume. Personal contacts are another good source.

There are also websites such as,

Retirement Jobs Online,


and AARP's Job Search engine,

which list jobs by supposedly senior citizen-friendly companies.

You may not necessarily get a job in the field you were trained for, but at this stage your first priority is to find work of any sort that will bring in some money.

If anyone has suggestions for overcoming the age discrimination issue, feel free to leave a comment.

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      Wayne H. Reed 6 years ago

      I think the concept of senior, potential employees needs to be examined. Seniors have many conflicting issues and could use the help.