A job-seeking veteran reporter who was laid off from a Chicago newspaper a few years ago forwarded a Sun-Times Media help-wanted ad to Chicago Reader media critic Michael Miner and asked, “Is it legal?” (His answer: “I don’t know.”)
Here’s an excerpt of the ad (with my boldfaced line):
Wrapports and Sun-Times Media are looking for energetic, open-minded and diversely-talented individuals to work as content editors on a team responsible for putting new ideas and business models into action . . . Ideal candidates will be familiar with journalism basics, and will be recent college graduates or professionals generally with less than 5 years of experience.
What’s an older journalist to do?
* Replace “20+ years of [whatever] experience,” with “extensive [whatever] experience”
* Remove the outdated phrase “References available upon request”
* Remove dates you attended college or received your degree.
Miner closes his column with these observations about the job-hunting experience for boomers:
Names are changed, hair is dyed, ages are hidden, experience is concealed, and the old-fashioned talents we’re most proud of go unmentioned, because that’s the way the cradle robbers want it. Forget his sexuality — Anderson Cooper flaunts his gray hair. Give the man some credit!