Job discrimination against senior citizens is a real problem in California It should be illegal for employers to require a birth date on the job application forms that are most common. What reason is there for such a request other than judging based on age? It is easy to look at the birth date and invent a dozen other excuses to turn down the applicant who has never been interviewed. There is no way to prove the decision was based on age.
I am 65 and very physically fit, athletic, and in excellent health. How can an employer determine these assets when the initial contact is almost always by e-mail? Back in the good old days, there were help-wanted signs and phone call ads so the employer could meet the applicant in person and learn first-hand if that person had a charming, magnetic personality, a good smile, and was physically fit. Communication by computers eliminates this interaction. Friends say I look 15 to 20 years younger than my age, and they see my physical fitness, but how can e-mail verify it?
I realize most employers are too busy for a lot of phone calls, yet if they just set aside an hour a day at the slowest time for strictly initial phone interviews, it is a step in the right direction.
I have also had a problem with the previous job listings in applications because I have owned my own businesses for most of my life and cannot list “myself” as a reference!