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Old 04-24-2019, 02:45 PM
 
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Late 30's. Starting to experience age discrimination.


Should I remove my college graduation year from my resume & let them figure it out?


I have 15 years experience … so I am not sure what difference it will make anyway. Sure they will know I am not 22 if I have been working for 15 years.


How does one handle this?
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Old 04-24-2019, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Fuquay Varina
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I let them know everything. I don't want to work in a place that I have to trick or disguise my way into.
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Old 04-24-2019, 03:52 PM
 
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No hard and fast rule, but a common opinion is that fresh grads should leave it on, and people with 10+ years of experience should leave it off. I don't list the dates for any of my degrees. As you said, it is not hard to figure approximate ages from a work history and, on the flip side, some people aren't graduating from college until well into adulthood. I don't mind someone knowing my age but, at this point in my career, my degrees check a box.
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Old 04-24-2019, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Late 30's. Starting to experience age discrimination.
Serious response: Sorry to hear it. It's a PITA and a crime.

First response: Oh, you poor, poor widdle kid.

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Should I remove my college graduation year from my resume & let them figure it out?
I don't think it hurts to polish a resume to reduce the time markers, but in the end, even a dumb recruiter can do simple math. And if you're really seeing age bias in your field at such a young age, it's only going to get worse - keep that in mind when seeking to change jobs in the future.

I am around double the age of most candidates in my field and I have stripped my resume to its last pasties and g-string, but only by leaving off educational dates and eliminating some early experience that would be very valuable for certain positions.

There is no good answer. But removing dates and telescoping eras a little to keep your exact age and so forth out of the spotlight is both kosher and useful. Just don't outright lie about anything. Make them dig/ask/ignore.
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Old 04-24-2019, 04:02 PM
 
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"Should I remove my college graduation year from my resume & let them figure it out?"
yes.
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Old 04-24-2019, 04:05 PM
 
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No, they'll figure it out in the end.

Leave it in there, at least it automatically keeps away those who discriminate
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Old 04-24-2019, 04:17 PM
 
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I let them know everything. I don't want to work in a place that I have to trick or disguise my way into.
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No, they'll figure it out in the end.

Leave it in there, at least it automatically keeps away those who discriminate
These would be my default responses.

My follow up question is: are you sure you're not applying for jobs below your skill/experience level? It seems odd to me that you'd be experiencing age discrimination this early on in your life.
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Old 04-24-2019, 04:21 PM
 
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My personal rule of thumb is no unnecessary dates and only show 10 years of past employment unless the job specifically calls for more experience.

The goal of a resume is to get an interview. All that other stuff doesn't matter until you have an offer on the table. In order to get that offer, you first have to get the interview.
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Old 04-24-2019, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Take it off, no need to be there if you have a solid work history.

Joe from Dayton got it right.
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Old 04-24-2019, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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Late 30's. Starting to experience age discrimination.


Should I remove my college graduation year from my resume & let them figure it out?


I have 15 years experience … so I am not sure what difference it will make anyway. Sure they will know I am not 22 if I have been working for 15 years.


How does one handle this?
All they have to do is spend five seconds and look someone up online if they want to find out a person's exact age. Will they? Who knows. I'd probably just leave it on.
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