Jane Howze Writes For CNBC On Age In The Workplace

Rounding Third Base In Your Career? Here's How To Stay In Demand

It is a common and somewhat justified belief among executives who are over 55, that their age is working against them.

They typically respond by revising their resumes. They leave off their college graduation date, prepare a topical resume (don’t get me started on my distaste for those) or pick an arbitrary date to start their career history on their resume, hoping the reader will think they fall within the coveted 45-50 years old age sweet spot of recruiters.

Do people really think savvy recruiters and hiring managers won’t understand that executives are embarrassed by their age and see it as a disadvantage?

While there are undoubtedly companies who want to hire executives who will remain with them for 20 years, other companies will value the wisdom and experience of a seasoned executive. As an example, mega law firm, Kirkland & Ellis completed a search for an Executive Director by hiring a 60+-year old candidate.

How does an “older” executive level the playing field? Much of it is about attitude and being current. What does “being current” mean?

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