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Age discrimination happens. Many people are unfairly judged based on their age. There are two times in your career where your age can be an issue. When you first start out, and as you get toward the latter part of your career.
When you hear ageism, most generally think about discrimination against older professionals. But ageism for the young also exists. Here we will look at what ageism is and steps you can take to overcome it when applying for jobs.
A 2019 study by Hiscox Insurance, Ageism in the Workplace Study, revealed some eye-opening stats about age discrimination in the workplace. Here are some highlights:
According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission:
“The term ‘ageism’ refers to two concepts: a socially constructed way of thinking about older persons based on negative attitudes and stereotypes about aging and a tendency to structure society based on an assumption that everyone is young, thereby failing to respond appropriately to the real needs of older persons.”
“The Ontario Human Rights Code prohibits age discrimination in employment, housing accommodation, goods, services and facilities, contracts and membership in trade and vocational associations.”
Here are some effective strategies to take the emphasis off your age when applying for work:
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