I did a post over at Fistful of Talent last week on older workers, unconscious bias and a new org attempting to represent older workers call I, Too, Am Qualified. Here's a snippet of the post, hit FOT for the whole thing:
"Why is better understanding of unconscious bias a good thing for older workers? Mainly because it transcends what is merely legal and seeks to connect on a higher plane. The key to getting better treatment in the recruiting world for older candidates is inclusion in the concept of unconscious bias as it gains traction, which goes something like this for your average hiring manager:
1--I'm a good person.
2--I'm a horrible person because I have bias I'm not even aware of.
3--I shall correct this unconscious bias by giving impacted groups of people more play than my mind is telling me too.
4--Did I mention I'm a good person?
5--I made a hire from an impacted group of people as a form of self-correction, and I'll be damned, that ended up pretty good.
6--I'm going to keep looking to hire people from groups of impacted candidates since that went well.
7--Told you I was a great person. I'm not even sure I was part of that whole unconscious bias thing. Other people, though? Heathens...
Go take a look and support I, Too, Am Qualified. You'll know they (and others like them) are winning when we include age in the unconscious bias narrative."