By Jim Wong, CPA | June 7, 2017

It’s no secret that the dynamic of the corporate workplace has changed over the past few decades, especially with the emergence of advanced technologies coupled with varying generations working together. Baby boomers are hitting retirement age, millennials are taking over the workforce at a record pace and even Gen Z-ers are entering positions in some industries—all why systems and technologies continue to become more and more sophisticated.

As with any major changes, this recipe of an aging workforce and new tools coming together is bound to draw up some pitfalls.

Unfortunately, we have heard complaints of older workers getting pushed out of their positions or passed over in job interviews in favor of younger professionals. The concept of ageism isn’t new by any means. The EEOC has had regulations in place since 1967. However, age discrimination has become more prevalent as of late, especially in information technology roles and among startups.

In fact, I came across a recent article that outlines this problem in quite detail. I thought it was a rather interesting and important topic to discuss. I wanted to share ways to combat this type of discrimination, whether you’re experiencing it firsthand or are witnessing it taking place.

Read the 3 Ways to Deal with Age Discrimination below.

1. Stay up to date with technology.
A sure way for any older professional to put to rest any concerns about being able to pick up on new tech gadgets or the latest programs is to get out there and learn them right along with everyone else. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and study a new tool, especially when it’s crucial to know the information for your role. Not sure exactly how to do that? Ask for training. This will show that you’re comfortable with expanding your knowledge on whatever topic is needed.

2. Give your resume a facelift.
If you’re in the job hunt, one way to combat age discrimination is to remove any outdated computer programs or skills. Additionally, be sure to have an email address with a current email provider. If you’re using AOL, chances are the hiring manager will think you haven’t kept up with the times. Consider creating a Gmail account and adding it to your contact information. Lastly, take off any unrelated work experience. If you have roles from 30 years ago that have nothing to do with the position you’re going for, there’s no need to include them.

3. Demonstrate your value.
Whether you’re currently in a role with younger professionals on your team or you’re looking for a new position in a younger company, play up your experience and value. Let them know how you can be a resource because of your experience. Show leadership, even if you’re reporting to someone younger than you. Display flexibility and patience with other team members and let them know that your age shouldn’t factor into your ability to perform your job—because it doesn’t.

What are some other ways individuals can deal with age discrimination? Comment below and let us know.

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