Managing Age Discrimination: An Examination of the Techniques Used When Seeking Employment Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • PURPOSE: This article examines the age-related management techniques used by older workers in their search for employment. DESIGN AND METHODS: Data are drawn from interviews with individuals aged 45-65 years (N = 30). RESULTS: Findings indicate that participants develop "counteractions" and "concealments" to manage perceived age discrimination. Individuals counteract employers' ageist stereotypes by maintaining their skills and changing their work-related expectations and conceal age by altering their résumés, physical appearance, and language used. IMPLICATIONS: This research suggests that there is a need to reexamine the hiring practices of employers and to improve legislation in relation to their accountability.

publication date

  • June 1, 2009