1. Lorraine Gary

    Hi Mr. Diamond:
    I am listening to you on WBEZ Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia. Everything you have said rings true to me, and I am so happy that I was free to hear your commentary. I will definitely get your book.
    I have a question: I am in a career change. I was a teacher for 15 years, and now I’m moving into a health profession. Most other job seekers with whom I compete are 25 years old.
    I have been passing for a much younger woman. I never reveal my age, and most people think I am 25 or younger. I don’t pretend to be a young person. I just look young, and I don’t correct people.
    The advantage is that I blend in with other young job seekers. However, the disadvantage is that I lose the leverage of maturity. Moreover, I am hesitant about referring to my past career because if people knew my accomplishments, they would know I’m much older than they think I am.
    I know there is a lot of age prejudice in the job market. What do you think about hiding one’s age? Is that unnecessary or should I continue to try and exploit this advantage?
    Thank you.

    1. Peter

      Hi Lorraine. Thanks for sharing. I’m touched that my message and experience resonates. You pose a great question with many layers. Sounds like you have two key advantages maturity/experience and a youthful appearance/outlook. I wouldn’t shy away from leveraging your experience especially if it’s relevant to the job. While employers may be looking for young people they are equally looking for people who are mature, resourceful, hard working and can add value quickly. What employers don’t want is someone who is “old” and acts old. Net net, you don’t have to tell you exact age but your experience may give you an advantage over someone who has none. Good luck. Let me know how it turns out. Peter