I, Too, Am Qualified

We are a husband and wife team of photographers who have faced aged discrimination ourselves.  We were inspired by our experiences to start this awareness campaign.

With the 50th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act on December 15, 2017,  we felt it was the perfect time to launch the campaign.

Senate Bill 485 – Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act was introduced last year.  Please contact your Senator to tell him or her to co-sponsor this legislation and get it moving so it can be signed into law.

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Bursting with energy, on a new journey.  Full of experience, willing to share!
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Generations can work together to lift each other up – if you just give us a chance!
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I’m not overqualified, I’m experienced…Isn’t that a good thing?
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I have 23 years experience in I.T. I had to remove 13 years from my resume before I got an interview.

Hear Scott’s Story

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You didn’t want to hire me – I am “too old?” I started my own business – I’m more successful    without you.
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Age elevates compassion, dedication, focus and creates trust!!
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My practical knowledge is better than someone fresh out of college.

Hear Mack’s Story

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Three decades of public school teaching will make me an asset – not a risk or liability.
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His kids are grown, hers are still in school  We had to let him go.

Hear Jim’s Story

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My brain did not fall out; it doesn’t expire! #noexpirationdate – I hear, see and admire you…why can’t you do the same for me? Remember – you are me in 10, 20, 30, 40 years.

 

If you would like to be photographed, please contact us.  If you don’t live in the Denver, Colorado area, you can still be a part of the campaign.  Tell us your stories and we can share them anonymously on this website.

Thank you!

He is ‘too old’ for this job.” The HR manager said to me after we interviewed John (not his real name). John had been laid off by his previous employer due to restructuring at the age of 53 yrs.

Ageism in the workplace is very real. I see uproars over every other “ism” (sexism, racism…etc) but everyone turns a blind eye to ageism. It is being swept under the carpet.

To the HR manager’s disappointment, I did hire John. John brought a wealth of experience and taught me a lot that I never learnt from an MBA.

Over the past few months, I have received numerous emails from individuals who are disheartened because of the constant rejection faced in their job search due to their age.

It’s time to stop discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age.

Age diversity is just as important as any other type of diversity.

Agree?

From Brigette Hyacinth

Read what Ashton Applewhite, ageism activist has to say:

Is Ageism the Last Acceptable Prejudice?

 

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8 thoughts on “I, Too, Am Qualified”

  1. My husband is a talented software engineer who keeps up with all the latest languages and tech. He was a VP when he was laid off in 2012 just before the company was sold. He has struggled to get interviews ever since for anything even close to what he’s qualified for. I’m convinced it’s because he’s 65. His skill level and experience never seem to be as attractive as whatever kids just out of school bring to the table… which is what?? Maybe it’s that young and inexperienced equals less pay. His previous executive salary would be great becwe would honestly be grateful for a steady income from software tech at this point. We’re getting by on his small SS and my $13.50 an hour.

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    1. Thank you for sharing…my situation is similar and also now working for $13.50/hr. I found this article below on Daily News…very insightful. Key message that resonated for me was “Another (reason for age discrimination rise) is the increasing role of technology in the workplace — including the rapidly expanding tech sector, which prizes youth and disruption above age and experience.

      http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-business/ci_31588989/age-discrimination-complaints-boulder-county-up-average

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  2. I’m 32, but feel disheartened, sometimes angered, when I see, hear, or witness ageism prejudice. My closest friends and mentors have always been at least 5-40yrs older than me and the onversations/intellect/growth/insight are incredibly rich, way better than I have with those my age or younger (all of which are in the millennial gen). The value our western society and media places on youth is literally destructive –

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  3. I finally was able to get my BS in Marketing the year I turned 48. I graduated from a 4 year program in 2 1/2 years, with honors. I could not find a job. An industry that told me I’d never “be” anything without a degree, refused to let me back in after I got my degree because I didn’t have “recent” job experience (I took a less stressful 40 hour job during the 2 1/2 years I was in school so I could focus on studies). After serious job hunting for 6 months, where I found that I could get interviews when I didn’t list my 20 years’ experience at a non-profit, but when they SAW me, immediately went “a different direction,” I gave up. I started my OWN marketing business, and am overwhelmed with clients who are over 45 and starting their own business because they can’t get hired elsewhere. It’s interesting that it’s been 50 years since this law was put in place, and we are seeing more and more discrimination. I may be over 50, but I am talented, driven, reliable, and loyal. My clients see that, and that’s what is important now 🙂

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    1. Thank you for sharing your story. I don’t have a degree and it hasn’t hampered me before until a few years ago. I imagine I’d experience same as you that once they see me, the situation changes.

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  4. I would love to participate! I am currently job-hunting as the school I worked at closed. I find my qualifications get me in the door but feel face-to-face interviews are daunting.

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