Posts Tagged ‘Discrimination’
So it’s now week three of living in Surfer’s Paradise and still no job prospects. I am considering selling my soul at this point to work for a telemarketing company, more to come on that development. Today I think I have found the source of my lack of job prospects – outright age discrimination.
I rang up to answer an ad in the Gold Coast Bulletin for a retail stores associate and after a few general questions she asked me, “How old are you?” I answered truthfully, 25 years of age, and with that I got a stuttered reply of, “well we are really looking for someone more junior.” This is probably the 3rd or 4th time I have been directly asked my age from various managers. Just asking this question to a potential applicant is grounds for an unethical hiring lawsuit, never mind actually admitting to me that I am too old for the job.
And since when is 25 too old to work in a retail store? Am I no longer in touch with the teen segment of society? Am I aging before my time? I find this shocking since most people I know think I look much younger than my age. Yes I have an education and real life work experience, but I would honestly be truly happy folding t-shirts part-time while I am travelling. I guess it won’t be long now till my seniors discount kicks in.