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Bob Goldman on

It's difficult to understand why someone in their 60s or 70s would want to work.

Wouldn't it be much more fun to spend these golden years taking leisurely river cruises through Europe, nibbling on brie and guzzling Merlot, or zipping luxuriously through our nation's parks, nibbling cheeseburgers and guzzling gas in a tricked-out RV three times larger than a city bus?

Sounds good to me.

Yet, when I ask seniors in the job market why they are looking for work, they have the silliest reasons like "I need to pay the rent." Often, they are struggling with an addiction problem, like the pernicious habit of eating regularly.

If seniors want jobs, the question remains -- do jobs want seniors?

As a post on Glassdoor by Amy Elisa Jackson makes clear, "older workers are often confronted with many stereotypes in the workplace, from being unable to keep up with technology to being too rigid in their ways."

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This is prejudice, pure and simple. If I insist on using a typewriter, am I being "rigid" to demand that the IT department bring me carbon paper?

"13 Tips to Age-Proof Your Resume" is the title of Jackson's post, and though you are decades away from being a senior yourself, it will be useful to put a few of these tips in your memory, while you still have a memory, that is.

"Focus on your recent experience" is tip No. 1. In the opinion of expert resume writer, Amanda Augustine, employers "care most about your recent work for the roles they're filling, not your experience from 15 or more years ago."

This is true. The chances of a 30-something HR drone appreciating your contribution to the development of Netflix by encouraging Thomas Edison to invent the Kinetoscope are slight, indeed.

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