Recent reports of ageism in Silicon Valley and and other places bring attention back to the subject.  This is a tough topic because there are valuable workers on the wrong end of it.

Older workers have more experience and there is a lot of value in that.  However, younger workers bring new skills, motivation, and a desire to work hard.  They tend to be willing to work long hours and they cost less in salary.

In some cases the experience is more valuable.  In some cases it’s not.  It would be better if nobody danced around the subject and just focused on fitting experienced candidates where they are needed and younger, less experienced, candidates in the spots where they are more valuable.

Todd Kmiec

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