/ Asked by Christine
I retired from the school district in June 2014. I was a Guidance Counselor Secretary. I want to work for the phone company as a Call Center Customer Service Representative. Is there an age that companies set to not hire senior citizens?
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, January 13, 2016
A company cannot discriminate based on age and should only be looking at a candidates qualifications and ability to perform the job duties. Regardless of age, I would encourage you to apply to positions that interest you and fit your qualifications. Best of luck in your job search!
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, January 14, 2016
Often times people start in one area of a function and come to realize that they are better suited for another area. With that being said, in your situation, I would recommend having a conversation with your manager and seeing what your options may be. Of course, having this conversation depends on your relationship with your manager. Since you've been in your current role for a few years, if you have a supportive manager, he/she may be able to put you in contact with an area/role that would be of interest. If speaking with your manager isn't an option, check out groups or organizations on LinkedIn or through your local Chamber of Commerce where you can network with individuals in the type of role that you are targeting. You can gain insight into possible openings and the steps to get into a structural engineering role. If you truly feel this is a move you want to make, don't postpone it, or you may get comfortable in your current role and then have regrets later in your career. Good luck!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, January 15, 2016
Absolutely not.  The Age Discrimination Act makes it illegal for a company to deny employment to anyone because of their age.  If you feel that you have been discriminated against in this manner, I would suggest that you seek legal guidance.  The ultimate goal for any position is to hire the most qualified candidate.  If you feel that a company is not considering you because of your age, that is probably not a company with which you want to be associate anyway.
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