Managing Age Discrimination: An Examination of the Techniques Used When Seeking Employment

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Abstract

Purpose

This article examines the age-related management techniques used by older workers in their search for employment.

Design and Methods

Data are drawn from interviews with individuals aged 45–65 years (N=30).

Results

Findings indicate that participants develop “counteractions” and “concealments” to manage perceived age discrimination. Individuals counteract employers’ ageist stereotypes by maintaining their skills and changing their work-related expectations and conceal age by altering their résumés, physical appearance, and language used.

Implications

This research suggests that there is a need to reexamine the hiring practices of employers and to improve legislation in relation to their accountability.

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