Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Job to Get Work

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Job to Get Work

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Byline: Sarah Ivison

A man 20 years short of retirement age has spent three years looking for a job and has blamed employers' ageism for stopping him in his tracks.

Graeme Robertson, 43, from Billingham, was made redundant from his job as a research scientist three years ago and has been unable to find another such job.

This is not from lack of trying.

Mr Robertson has applied for more than 100 jobs but has had no luck so far. Six months into his job search it dawned on him that it could be due to his age.

So to test his theory he began to omit his date of birth from his CV.

Mr Robertson said: "I think it's a problem that needs highlighting. We need to change the mindset of employers.

"I have been looking for work for three years; I have got agency work in the chemical industry.

"When you keep getting rejection letters you start looking at why. Then I went for an interview and my date of birth was highlighted in fluorescent marker. …

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