The share of older people in the job market is projected to rise for some time, but older workers are already noticeably less likely to get responses from online job applications.
Some online sites even fail to accommodate older workers in something as simple as the available date ranges in menu selections (e.g making it impossible to accurately enter the date you graduated if you are older than a certain age).
The San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank found that in a widespread test using fabricated resumes, fictional older workers were 30 percent less likely to be contacted after applying for jobs.
Fictional older women had it even worse, being 47 percent less likely to get a “callback”. Several forces are conspiring to ensure that many Americans must work well past the traditional retirement age of 65Tech Eye