I'm Paul Thornton, The Times' letters editor, and it is Saturday, April 30, 2016. Two hundred and twenty seven years ago today, George Washington became the first president of the United States. We've come a long way, right? Speaking of presidents, regular readers of this newsletter probably expect to find in this space an introduction to an opinion piece on Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or some other character from the protracted presidential primary. But this week, I've decided to spare faithful subscribers a lengthy excerpt on the even lengthier campaign in favor of commentary on a topic sure to perk up your Saturday morning: the daunting prospects faced by older women looking for a job.
Companies speak with job seekers at a job fair in Pittsburgh. Companies speak with job seekers at a job fair in Pittsburgh. The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act turns 50 this year -- about the age when many American workers begin to encounter the kinds of biases the law was intended to prevent. At this "milestone of middle age," quipped Victoria Lipnic, acting chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the law is grappling with new forms of age discrimination in the Internet era. Research by EEOC, which received 20,857 claims of age discrimination last year, found that 65% of older workers say age is a barrier to getting a job.
Older adults have been excluded from some websites that post jobs, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Older adults have been excluded from some websites that post jobs, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. If you're looking for work, you might start with one of those websites that posts jobs. But if you're an older adult looking for work, you might have found yourself excluded from some of the features on those sites. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan opened an investigation after a 70-year-old man called her office and complained that he'd been unable to use a resume building tool on JOBR, an app owned by Monster Worldwide.
It's important for older women seeking employment to understand the particular challenges they face in the labor market, says economist Teresa Ghilarducci. Editor's Note: For a recent Making Sen e segment, Paul Solman caught up with economist Teresa Ghilarducci to discuss why the job market is harder on aging women than aging men. We asked Ghilarducci to share some of her practical advice from her new book, "How To Retire With Enough Money and How To Know What Enough Is." The book also discusses retirement, savings, Social Security and why you should get rid of your financial planner. Below, Ghilarducci explains what older women face in the job market and some tips on how to beat the odds.
Terri had been laid off recently when her company decided to downsize, and she was having trouble finding a new job. "It's all about adaptability, ability to learn new things and thrive with change, and being able to work in this dynamic, constantly changing environment with lots of opportunity for growth," she said. Terms like "adaptability" tend to be code for "fresh out of school," which Terri understood. She started dying her hair so that her LinkedIn profile photo would look younger. Terri was one of many workers Ilana interviewed from 2013 to 2014 in the Bay Area.