Liz has applied for hundreds of jobs in the past six years – without a single bite, she says.
The now 51-year-old is tertiary qualified and has worked for a range of employers over her career, including the Government.
But Liz (not her real name) believes her age is now holding her back. “People say don’t put your age on your CV but people are not stupid – you can tell from my CV I have had a lot of experience. It is the stereotype of the older worker.” Liz is not alone.
When the Herald ran a story about a 65-year-old Whanganui woman applying for 32 jobs in six months and being unable to secure work, it was flooded with others in similar situations. It all comes as no surprise to Paul Jarvie, employment relations and safety manager at the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA).
Jarvie says research shows people who are out of work and looking for a job find it incredibly difficult to get a foot in the door if they are over 48 years of age.
“The code is: ‘we will call you back’.”
Tamsyn Parker – NZ Herald – Business