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Is it appropriate to mention my age in my cover lettler?

by Jobseeker
(Wichita, Kansas)

At age 66, I was downsized and do not want interviewers to cast aside my resume when they figure out my approximate age. Therefore, in my cover letter, I want to include language acknowledging my age and emphasizing my desire to work. Is it appropriate to do that? I drafted the following and used parentheses to show the differences in the two drafts.


For the cover letter to agencies since the initial contact is seldom in person:

Please understand I am not looking for, nor do I expect, a position similar to recent employments but, rather, a receptionist-type job with commensurate pay ***but would certainly welcome and appreciate benefits***. As is evident from my resume, I am no youngster but my goal is to work another ***five to seven years*** which means I want long-term employment in keeping with my work history. Please note that as a former salaried employee, I am not entitled to recall as are hourly employees; therefore, ***a prospective employer*** need not worry that I am just biding my time in a new job.

Is the following language appropriate to include in my cover letter in those instances which require direct contact to the employer?

Please understand I am not looking for, nor do I expect, a position similar to recent employments but, rather, a receptionist-type job with commensurate pay. As is evident from my resume, I am no youngster but my goal is to ***continue working*** which means I want long-term employment in keeping with my work history. Please note that as a former salaried employee, I am not entitled to recall as are hourly employees; therefore, ***you*** need not worry that I am just biding my time in a new job.

Both letters would close with:

Earlier jobs were secretary/receptionist positions and I want to return to a similar position comfortably knowing I can efficiently perform the duties using my experience with WORD, Excel, email, internet, WordPerfect (although it's been awhile), Mass 11, SAP, multiple phone lines, general office machines and procedures.

Your consideration of me for jobs within the mentioned scopes will be appreciated.



Answer: I think this approach is a good one. If you think your resume will show enough years of service that the recruiter will figure out your age anyway, why not grab the bull by the horns and be proactive about stating it up front? I think you have attempted to overcome typical age-related objections to hiring, and you've done it well. Even young people don't really guarantee they'll stick with a job more than a few years, these days. And you bring the bonus of years of experience, not to mention maturity. Good luck to you!

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