The #MeToo initiative will look like small potatoes.
So, will #DeleteFacebook.
Here is my article about how ageism is biting. And not not only workers but businesses. It was published in Odwyerpr.com this week. And went viral.
After all, just counting Baby Boomers and members of GenX, there are 121 million of us. We will likely be living many more years. And we have the resources - and rage - to push back against age discrimination.
Soon enough patronizing comments such as - "You don't look your age" - will be classified as hate speech. And legal and media action taken. Regarding the latter, a journalist at Vice or Buzzfeed will listen in and out the crime against the soul of anyone over-50.
The job interviewer who asks us - "How are you in technology?" - will be sent to human resources re-education camp. The issue should have been framed as it would have if a Millennial were being interviewed. That is, "Is your knowledge of Excel advanced or in the middle?"
Unfortunately, meanwhile, in outplacement the displaced over-35 worker (AARP confirms age discrimination hits 30-somethngs) and the jittery in businesses about being laid off are suffering. They don't know if they will land comparable jobs.
And, they are acquiring the tragic flaw of losing their sense of self. Ageism sucks the confidence out of even the most successful professionals. Here's a free book which can get the over-35 back ready for the game Download Over50TheFourMonstersoftheMind
The universal verbal equalizer is The Smirk.
We have to retrieve our best version from our teenage days.
Play this out in your head when practicing your smirk:
If we really don't need the job or assignment and the interviewer throws out there the verboten term "overqualified," we smirk, walk out, notify the chief executive officer, and hop on social media.
That term should not have been used. The respectful verbal framing is: "This position only requires six years of search engine optimization experience. That's what the salary grade permits."
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