ExecuNet Coach on Age Bias, Resume Gaps, Racism, Gender and more

As an extension of ExecuNet Master Class, Host Tony Vlahos conducts a Q&A with members of our Career Strategy Team. These are the strategists and coaches who work with VIP members to reach their career goals.

q-and-aRecently, he spoke with Andrea Briscoe. Andrea partners with our senior executives to increase their visibility and marketability in a crowded marketplace. A diversity specialist and adjunct professor, Andrea has helped managers at all levels bring a diversity lens to their work with teams and staff.

The first half of their talk focused on the topic of age bias. According to Andrea, “Ageism is a two-way street and depends on who is in front of you and how you react to them.”

Her advice is to “control what you can. You cannot control your age. But you can control the way you apply for a position and how your network supports you. And you can control where you apply. Control what you say and the tone you create.” Pointing out that you “have shoes older than the interviewer” is going to create a negative tone around age even if the intention was to be lighthearted, says Briscoe.

Emphasize your willingness to learn and grow, and not be seen as someone who has “crested in their career.”

All too often candidates bring a defensiveness about their age into an interview, creating an issue that didn’t have to be there. The best thing candidates of any age should do is focus on the value they can bring right now, on the problems they are the solutions to right now.

Are there approaches older executives can take so that their resume is appealing?

In this portion of the Q&A, Andrea answers this question and many more around the topic of age bias in a job search.

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  • Racism When in Job Search
  • How Women and Men approach Job Search Differently
  • Online Applications
  • Career Gaps
  • LinkedIn

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Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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