EAST ORANGE, NJ — On Thursday, August 8, Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest (JVS) will present a Job-Seekers Workshop entitled, “The Elephant in the Room: AGEISM in the Workplace.” The workshop will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Aidekman Family Campus, 901 Route 10, in Whippany. It will be preceded by a half-our networking session that will begin at 9:00 a.m. The workshop is FREE and open to the public.

As the population ages—and more and more Americans are choosing to remain in the workplace longer (for a variety of reasons)—ageism is becoming increasingly pervasive, both at work and in the application process. “Ageism” is defined as stereotyping, prejudice, and/or discrimination based on a person’s age and is considered by many to be “the last acceptable form of discrimination in society”. In fact, a 2018 study by AARP entitled, “Age Discrimination Against Older Workers,” found that 61% of workers age 45+ had experienced or witnessed age discrimination at work—and, that 44% of job-seekers had been asked either their age or the year they graduated from school.

Anecdotally, older job-seekers have reported trying to complete online job applications only to find their graduation year not listed; thereby, screening out older candidates from the outset. Others have been asked questions by prospective employers including, “What was your favorite song growing up?” or “What is your favorite movie?” or “What was the first concert you ever attended?” in order to ascertain their age without directly asking about it.

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This FREE workshop, made possible thanks to a grant by the Kosloski Family Foundation in memory of Helene Kosloski, will address a variety of issues related to ageism in the workplace, as well as in the job-seeking process. The featured guest speaker will be Marty Latman, a local business advisor, coach and recruiter—and, one of JVS of MetroWest’s most popular presenters. To register to attend, please contact Meryl Kanner at mkanner@jvsnj.org or 862-704-2233.

JVS of MetroWest is a non-profit workforce development agency that helps underserved individuals overcome barriers to employment by providing them with the tools and training necessary to help them get and keep a job. Established in 1939, they serve approximately 2,000 people annually in East Orange, Livingston, and Montclair.

For more information call Barbara Raynor, Director of Advancement 862-704-2262 braynor@jvsnj.org