Age Discrimination?....You BET there is!!!
With all due respect, it is scenarios such as I am about to elaborate upon, that - in my humble opinion - is at the root of the problem.
In reference to a recent phone interview with an "IT Recruiter from a Top-Tier NYC-based Financial Firm", not only did this young lady state during the interview that I'd be "an expensive hire" (her precise and exact words) due to the breadth and depth of my responsibilities, she added insult to injury, expressing that she couldn't – and I repeat – SHE ..COULDN'T .."Google"... half the companies I worked for.
When your resume is being read by individuals whose career
basically began whilst the individual the resume represents was
15 to 25 years into it,how - in good conscience - can a
"seasoned and experienced" (50+ yrs old) IT Professional
hope to get his/her foot back in the door?
Keep in mind, that, during the dot-com bust, 9/11, and the recent Recession, a significant majority of IT Professionals who were affected were close to 20 years into their careers, while those who are now reading their Resumes were either just clearing High School, or at the least, graduating from College.
Furthermore, the "sham" that has been perpretrated over the years to "re-tool" or - as the underlying phrase is expressed -"dumb-down" your Resume, such that you don't "intimidate" those who are reading it, goes back to my earlier point.
Here's the worst:
As a Veteran (USAF), I've notiiced when you file an application via ATS, and one of the options about "Military Service" indicates "Other Protected Veteran"; that field "relays" the following:
You were most likely NOT a Veteran from the present Conflict..
(avg. age 24-39, +/- 4 yrs), but,
You were most likely a Vietnam Veteran (disabled or not)
(avg. age 54-63, +/- 6 yrs)
With measures of this scope beiing exercised as of late, you begin to wonder why the ratio of "employed" to "unemployed" exists as it does for IT Pros that are 50+ .