Should I hide my age to get a job?

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“I don’t want to share how many years of work experience I have because it gives my age away”

Interview Training, 2023

Our client felt uneasy about mentioning the exact number of years of experience they had because they felt it might reveal their age too easily. They were also concerned that the interviewer might wrongly assume they weren’t adaptable, open to change and technologically savvy. 

And who would blame them for thinking that… 😲 

As stated in the 2023 Workplace Equality Report by Matrix Recruitment Group

More than two thirds of those surveyed said that workers over the age of 50 have fewer promotional opportunities than their younger colleagues, a jump of 19% on last year’s findings. 

But then, according to the same survey, 89% of participants agreed that people over the age of 50 have as much to contribute than those under the age of 40. 

✅  55% said that over 50s have more life skills.
✅ 51% said they would be able to mentor and guide younger colleagues.
✅  48% said that mature workers are more reliable than younger people. 

What should you believe?

In this instance we encouraged our client to own their experience throughout their interview and not try to hide their age. Be confident of what this experience can do for the employer.

However in other cases we are firm fans of deleting up to the first 10 years of your work experience from your CV so that the employers focuses on what you CAN CONTRIBUTE and not HOW OLD YOU ARE. A CV is a sales document and with our CV Review service we help you pitch it correctly.

We will help you recognise and articulate how valuable and essential your skills and experience are for any job whatever age you are! 

PS- our client got the job offer! 🏆 

Contact us to book a discovery call to see how we can help you 🔽