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Valrie West

Great information.


sorry this age discrimination ... there is no way around it any more ... employers now... all they have to do is enter you name on internet address they will see your age... I've had at least 8 interview I believe went well... I know it was my age ...the type of jobs I went for is the type I did all my life ... this to me is so sad.. they have no idea ,we have lots to share we are loyal we have strong integrity ,dependable ,also I'm the bread winner in my family but now I can't support... my heart breaks... sincerely Dora Ortega.. (mon)


Loving the lively conversation that's happening on the blog. Just a reminder, please don't post your contact information or full resume in the comments section.


Sometimes there is no way around putting the dates of employment or dates of college graduation, especially on online applications. They are forms that will not let you leave out the dates. How do you get around that, if it's not required for you to give that information?


Thank you for the comment, S.B.

The advice provided in this video refers to your resume rather than an online application. You are correct that it is perfectly legal for an employer to set their own requirements in an online application and many times that includes requiring dates of employment or dates of your education experience. As the applicant, you don't need to list every job you've ever held - instead, try going back approximately 15 to 20 years. Stay consistent with your resume as best you can and keep in mind that while hard to prove otherwise, it is illegal for an employer to base a hiring decision on the age of an applicant. If you absolutely have to put your graduation date on the application, be honest about it and trust that they are looking for the *best* candidate, not the youngest. Here is a helpful article that goes into more detail on illegal application questions:


I hope this helps!

John C

Yes, we all know it's illegal to ask one's age.
and yes, we all know shaving 10 or more years off your resume in an attempt to disguise your real age and circumvent any potential of age discrimination is an obvious strategy.
But as LADYD posted, the FACT is, there's NO way of getting around it today!
Whether a potential employer 'googles' you and easily finds out how old you are by way of readily available 'people search' sites or by requiring you to fill in the date of your graduation – that's how HR does it!

re JOHN's post, and "The advice provided in this video refers to your resume rather than an online application."
Well, given that 99.99% of all job announcements REQUIRE an online application with specific dates (i.e. college graduation) – no offense, but this video and the "advice" is WORTHLESS!

John C

O, and now that I also checked out the URL/link 'JOHN' posted re 'questions-illegal-ask-application' – which states on the subject of Age:
"While job applications can ask for your date of birth, you cannot be denied a job because of your age, if you are 40 or older. This is to prevent discrimination against senior citizens, who may be viewed as less qualified or committed to a long-term job position."

No sh*t! … another WORTHLESS reference. That is, how would anyone possibly know they were not called in for an interview, much less offered the job – once their age was revealed?
PLEASE, answer this question!!!!

John C

PS … and the more I think about that damn video with some 20 yo 'know-nothing' kid delivering this WORTHLESS so-called advice, the more discredited Beyond is.

Barry N

"and the more I think about that damn video with some 20 yo 'know-nothing' kid delivering this WORTHLESS so-called advice"

Wow, complaining about discrimination while doing the same thing in reverse. No wonder we have age issues in this country. As a 40 year old job candidate I have seen age discrimination myself and concerned about it as I get older. Though I do not agree 100%, any information is better then nothing.


Thanks for the feedback John C. My role at Beyond is to help job seekers secure more interviews. The feedback that I share always has that goal in mind. I am sorry that you didn’t find value in my advice. I wish you the best of luck in your job search!

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