I had a delightful young lady that according to her LinkedIn profile just graduated from High School and had been a recruiter for less than 90-days, tell me that I job I could do in my sleep was not something I was being considered for because of my “age”! When I said, “I beg your pardon?” she replied, “let’s face it, your time has passed by, you are too old for this kind of work.”
Aside from being floored at the ignorance of this women’s understanding of discrimination in the workforce, I had to wonder if she just wasn’t being honest. She said what so many other employers have not said, that at the ripe old age of 59 I am all washed up.
Yes I could create all sorts of havoc in this company and no doubt get her fired, but I see no purpose in that process. The company will continue to discriminate and this young lady will only learn that being truthful with applicants is not the way to do business.
Now while this is the only time someone has come right out and said it is my age that disqualified me, I have to wonder if it isn’t the reason so many other companies have passed on my application. They land up hiring people with little to no experience and I have to wonder if they are just playing a game of chance, or they simply do not care how a training function will operate. It could be more of a matter of window dressing than actual outcomes.
Many companies have productive and focused learning functions, but many more have nothing more than a warm body that produces very little in any given year. These management teams either don’t want learning to be a focus, or what I believe, they have no relevant experience themselves with what a high output training function should be doing for their paycheck.
You have heard the phrase, “garbage in garbage out” I’m sure. It is the same with hiring unqualified people, or expecting the same results out of a function with weak and incompetent leadership.
The way I see it I have a couple of choices. I could dye my hair and get a face lift and then dummy down my resume. Or, I could retire early and throw in the towel. Your focused feedback would be appreciated.