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Almost half of Americans say they've encountered discrimination because of their age

Almost half of Americans say they've encountered discrimination because of their age

Nearly half of Americans report they believe they have been discriminated against based on their age, according to a new survey of 2,000 Americans.  The survey of 2,000 Americans (aged 18 to 55+) examined their attitudes toward age and, in turn, age-based discrimination.  Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Zety, the results found another four in 10 respondents said they've witnessed age-based discrimination.  The top way people have either personally experienced ageism or witnessed it, was not getting a job - at 47 percent and 40 percent respectively.  Fifteen percent of respondents even said they've been stood up on a date for their age - and another 15 percent even have been dumped.  Results also found that 47 percent of respondents agreed that people over 50 are looked down upon in society.  Furthermore, 56 percent agreed that women are looked at more negatively than men once they're over 50.  It's no surprise, then, that the age in which Americans believe the sexes can be affected by ageism differ - at 37 for women compared to 41 for men.  Despite being affected by ageism or witnessing it - 33 percent of respondents admitted to occasionally catching themselves viewing people in a negative light due to their age.  Another three in 10 Americans believe that ageism should not be considered a form of discrimination.  Age appears to be a top concern for Americans in the workplace.  Four in 10 worry their age may negatively affect their ability to be promoted - and it is most prevalent for baby boomer respondents, at 51 percent.   Age-based worries aren't exclusive to older Americans, though.  Three in 10 millennials, in fact, worry that they'll be out of a job in five years as their skills might be outdated by then.

Baby boomers also shared this worry, at 32 percent.  "Arguably, the most important thing we can do is to keep our resumes up to date," said Bart Turczynski, Editor-in-Chief at Zety.

"If not being up-to-date is a concern, there are remedies: take on side-projects, learn new skills, and tell it on your resume."  After worrying they may be out of a job in this short amount of time, 31 percent of millennials and 48 percent of baby boomers worry potential employers will turn them down after figuring out their ages from their resumes.  When it comes to concerns regarding the job hunt - 48 percent of baby boomers surveyed said the worry they will be turned down for a job once their age is figured out from their resume.  This seems to affect respondents' confidence in their resume - as 47 percent of millennials and 36 percent of baby boomers agreed that writing a resume is a challenge for them.  "Only 34 percent of us don't find writing resumes a challenge," said Bart Turczynski, Editor-in-Chief at Zety.

"However, your perfect resume is in you.

Zety's resume builder app, has helped more than 500,000 people bring it out."

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Almost half of Americans say they've encountered discrimination because of their age

Nearly half of Americans report they believe they have been discriminated against based on their age, according to a new survey of 2,000 Americans.

The survey of 2,000 Americans (aged 18 to 55+) examined their attitudes toward age and, in turn, age-based discrimination.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Zety, the results found another four in 10 respondents said they've witnessed age-based discrimination.

The top way people have either personally experienced ageism or witnessed it, was not getting a job - at 47 percent and 40 percent respectively.

Fifteen percent of respondents even said they've been stood up on a date for their age - and another 15 percent even have been dumped.

Results also found that 47 percent of respondents agreed that people over 50 are looked down upon in society.

Furthermore, 56 percent agreed that women are looked at more negatively than men once they're over 50.

It's no surprise, then, that the age in which Americans believe the sexes can be affected by ageism differ - at 37 for women compared to 41 for men.

Despite being affected by ageism or witnessing it - 33 percent of respondents admitted to occasionally catching themselves viewing people in a negative light due to their age.

Another three in 10 Americans believe that ageism should not be considered a form of discrimination.

Age appears to be a top concern for Americans in the workplace.

Four in 10 worry their age may negatively affect their ability to be promoted - and it is most prevalent for baby boomer respondents, at 51 percent.

Age-based worries aren't exclusive to older Americans, though.

Three in 10 millennials, in fact, worry that they'll be out of a job in five years as their skills might be outdated by then.

Baby boomers also shared this worry, at 32 percent.

"Arguably, the most important thing we can do is to keep our resumes up to date," said Bart Turczynski, Editor-in-Chief at Zety.

"If not being up-to-date is a concern, there are remedies: take on side-projects, learn new skills, and tell it on your resume."  After worrying they may be out of a job in this short amount of time, 31 percent of millennials and 48 percent of baby boomers worry potential employers will turn them down after figuring out their ages from their resumes.

When it comes to concerns regarding the job hunt - 48 percent of baby boomers surveyed said the worry they will be turned down for a job once their age is figured out from their resume.

This seems to affect respondents' confidence in their resume - as 47 percent of millennials and 36 percent of baby boomers agreed that writing a resume is a challenge for them.

"Only 34 percent of us don't find writing resumes a challenge," said Bart Turczynski, Editor-in-Chief at Zety.

"However, your perfect resume is in you.

Zety's resume builder app, has helped more than 500,000 people bring it out."




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