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(Hartford Courant)   Connecticut lawmakers approve age discrimination bill that would block employers from asking job candidates their date of birth, graduation years. Also, CT employers are apparently unable to add up the number of years you've been at previous jobs   (courant.com) divider line
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2021-04-15 11:48:04 AM  
apparently subby doesn't understand resumes

Most of us geezers leave of really old jobs. Even if you are not trying to conceal your age the DOS programming you did in the 80s just ain't relevant anymore.

I have had to drop several jobs that were really cool (to me) and that I am proud of because at my age my resume starts to get a little long. . .
 
2021-04-15 12:19:21 PM  
Yeah, I was at a job fair a few years ago, and the person who checked my resume told me a good rule of thumb is to put experience no further back than 10 years.
 
2021-04-15 1:08:51 PM  
TF's favorite elderly Connecticutian seen polishing up his resume'. Although the baked-goods-as-cover-letter trick seems to work just fine for him
 
2021-04-15 1:09:06 PM  

SurfaceTension: Yeah, I was at a job fair a few years ago, and the person who checked my resume told me a good rule of thumb is to put experience no further back than 10 years.


Yeah, they don't need to know about something you did 20 years ago unless you know it's really applicable to the job you're applying to today.
 
2021-04-15 1:14:24 PM  
I thought this was pretty much illegal in most states. But when the perky HR gal/guy starts talking about the free Kombucha fridge, paddle boarding offsites, or yoga Thursdays, you probably want to pass if you're over 40.
 
2021-04-15 1:17:18 PM  
Yes, the amount of time you've been working can give away your age, but the year you graduated college is usually a dead giveaway. Almost as bad is the STEM graduate degree, which starts to depreciate before the ink is dry.
 
2021-04-15 1:25:52 PM  

Russell_Secord: Yes, the amount of time you've been working can give away your age, but the year you graduated college is usually a dead giveaway. Almost as bad is the STEM graduate degree, which starts to depreciate before the ink is dry.


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2021-04-15 1:27:52 PM  

iamskibibitz: I thought this was pretty much illegal in most states. But when the perky HR gal/guy starts talking about the free Kombucha fridge, paddle boarding offsites, or yoga Thursdays, you probably want to pass if you're over 40.


No you actually kinda have to provide DOB so they can run the right background check. Im not sure if the people who made this idea of a law up actually thought the entire process through or not
 
2021-04-15 1:32:39 PM  

lifeslammer: iamskibibitz: I thought this was pretty much illegal in most states. But when the perky HR gal/guy starts talking about the free Kombucha fridge, paddle boarding offsites, or yoga Thursdays, you probably want to pass if you're over 40.

No you actually kinda have to provide DOB so they can run the right background check. Im not sure if the people who made this idea of a law up actually thought the entire process through or not


They're politicians.  You KNOW they didn't.
 
2021-04-15 1:38:16 PM  

Schlubbe: TF's favorite elderly Connecticutian seen polishing up his resume'. Although the baked-goods-as-cover-letter trick seems to work just fine for him


Please, no one calls us "Connecticutians."

It's obviously "Connecticuties"  Wait, no.  That's even further off.

It's "Nutmegger" if you want to sound archaic, or "Connecticoont" if you're stuck on 95.
 
2021-04-15 1:38:57 PM  

Russell_Secord: Almost as bad is the STEM graduate degree, which starts to depreciate before the ink is dry.


Curious what you mean about this comment.
 
2021-04-15 1:39:42 PM  

lifeslammer: No you actually kinda have to provide DOB so they can run the right background check. Im not sure if the people who made this idea of a law up actually thought the entire process through or not


No, that typically comes after the decision to interview and hire/not hire
 
2021-04-15 1:40:39 PM  

Russell_Secord: Yes, the amount of time you've been working can give away your age, but the year you graduated college is usually a dead giveaway. Almost as bad is the STEM graduate degree, which starts to depreciate before the ink is dry.



no 25 year-old hr person wants to hire their dad to work with their friends
 
2021-04-15 2:17:24 PM  
Anyone who sees my grey hair knows I'm not a young dude.
 
2021-04-15 2:19:13 PM  

lifeslammer: iamskibibitz: I thought this was pretty much illegal in most states. But when the perky HR gal/guy starts talking about the free Kombucha fridge, paddle boarding offsites, or yoga Thursdays, you probably want to pass if you're over 40.

No you actually kinda have to provide DOB so they can run the right background check. Im not sure if the people who made this idea of a law up actually thought the entire process through or not


Yeah a lot of times they ask you for a picture of your driver's license which totally gives away how old you are.
 
2021-04-15 2:52:12 PM  
I mean, I'd probably be considered old on Fark, so I'm supportive of measures against age discrimination (and all the other discrimination, too), but when you've got obviously badly dyed hair and wrinkles that no amount of Botox can erase, you're not really fooling anyone. You can wear all the "young" clothes you want and babble about how "age ain't nothin' but a number" or "60 is the new 40" (for most people, no, it isn't) and refuse to identify yourself as a senior citizen (usually by calling yourself "young at heart" or other exercises in denial), but most people don't age like wine. They age like people. Depending on your habits when younger and/or health conditions now, you're not going to knock 20 years off your age with the usual sad tricks. Just admit you're older and be cool with it. Not sounding like an unhinged old coot by derping like a Trump worshiper or using old people's favorite phrases or griping about other people's profanity helps.
 
2021-04-15 3:03:55 PM  
If I'm interviewing for project manager, nobody cares how long I spent as a code money.
 
2021-04-15 3:31:56 PM  
I got a degree at 42 years old.   So, we good?
 
2021-04-15 3:42:29 PM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: lifeslammer: No you actually kinda have to provide DOB so they can run the right background check. Im not sure if the people who made this idea of a law up actually thought the entire process through or not

No, that typically comes after the decision to interview and hire/not hire


Yeah.  Also keep in mind that age discrimination mostly comes around bringing people in in the first place.  You woo them enough for them to offer you the job... they're not gonna rescind that when you give them all your info for a background check.  

But yeah, the background check is only after you get offered the job.  The job then simply becomes contingent on passing it.
 
2021-04-15 4:36:56 PM  

SurfaceTension: Yeah, I was at a job fair a few years ago, and the person who checked my resume told me a good rule of thumb is to put experience no further back than 10 years.


I was once told by a headhunter to provide to them a complete cv, going back to include summer jobs in the 80s

Thanks to being a digital hoarder, I had all the old files, so I was able to paste them in to an absurd 30-some page document.

I'm a consultant, working somewhere different every 6-18 months (usually) and have been doing so for nearly 30 years. That's a lot of jobs

Sit down in an interview with someone born this millennium, and get asked why I left my job as a hockey referee in June of 1986, or why I stopped with the lawn mowing/landscaping in September of that same year... then, why did I leave Nortel in January of 2000? (any old IT guys on here can guess the last)

I ended up walking out a few minutes later, and now won't even humour those time wastes
 
2021-04-15 4:53:20 PM  

montreal_medic: I was once told by a headhunter to provide to them a complete cv, going back to include summer jobs in the 80s


That's not an unreasonable ask since some companies actually prefer older candidates. However the way they handled that was completely irresponsible - they should have pared it down to what the job post required.

I do really hate when an interviewer says something like, "Why do you never stay more than six or eighteen months on a consulting job?" because my first impulse is "Seriously? You ignorant motherf*cker".

Those same people also really don't like if you ask about the reason for their high turnover or for references on the last six people to hold the position you're applying to. The responses are often very entertaining. Do with that what you will 🙃
 
2021-04-15 6:50:45 PM  

SpectroBoy: apparently subby doesn't understand resumes

Most of us geezers leave of really old jobs. Even if you are not trying to conceal your age the DOS programming you did in the 80s just ain't relevant anymore.

I have had to drop several jobs that were really cool (to me) and that I am proud of because at my age my resume starts to get a little long. . .


True, I'm retired now, but I cut off my resumes at eight years.  That's roughly two generations in IT.
 
2021-04-15 7:44:13 PM  

eKonk: Schlubbe: TF's favorite elderly Connecticutian seen polishing up his resume'. Although the baked-goods-as-cover-letter trick seems to work just fine for him

Please, no one calls us "Connecticutians."

It's obviously "Connecticuties"  Wait, no.  That's even further off.

It's "Nutmegger" if you want to sound archaic, or "Connecticoont" if you're stuck on 95.


...live in CT? You're called unfortunate.
 
2021-04-15 11:46:48 PM  

SpectroBoy: apparently subby doesn't understand resumes

Most of us geezers leave of really old jobs. Even if you are not trying to conceal your age the DOS programming you did in the 80s just ain't relevant anymore.

I have had to drop several jobs that were really cool (to me) and that I am proud of because at my age my resume starts to get a little long. . .


I'm proud of my Visicalc, dBase II and WordPerfect skills!

Wait, dBase and WordPerfect are still around?   I should consider putting those back on my resume - never know when they might come in handy.
 
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