Employers prefer older applicants

Today’s
jobseekers are lying about their advancing age to improve career prospects –
but employers believe mature candidates have the edge over younger applicants.

According
to new research from jobs board Totaljobs.com, one in three employers suspect a
candidate has lied about their age.

But
contrary to jobseekers’ beliefs, 59 per cent of employers said that age and
experience were more important than youth and enthusiasm.

Keith
Robinson, a director at Totaljobs, said: "There’s obviously a mismatch in
terms of employers’ policy and jobseekers perceptions. A balanced workforce
requires employees of all ages, and it is refreshing to see that employers
recognise this."

By Mike Berry

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