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Unemployed Need Not Apply – 6 responses to use

At first, the headhunter told her she was a great match, but when he realized she had been out of work for a full year (and not newly unemployed as he had mistakenly assumed), he changed his tune. Company criteria ruled out applicants who had been unemployed for more than six months, he told her. “He was very apologetic,” says Chesney-Offutt, who lives in Sandwich, Ill.

“Once they become unemployed, it takes older workers far longer than younger workers to find a new job, so a policy of not hiring the long-term unemployed has an age discriminatory effect,” says Deborah Chalfie, AARP’s senior legislative representative for financial security & consumer affairs.

Such policies are all too common in the current economy. And older workers can be frequent victims. As of June, jobless people who were 55 and older had been out of work for almost 56 weeks, compared with 38 weeks for all age groups, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics…

via Unemployed Need Not Apply? – Job Search, Discrimination – AARP.

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