I have been applying for a position for which I would be older than not only my peers but my managers as well (I turn 60 in a few months). I enjoy the work that I do and would prefer to stay employed at the level I've been working at for most of my career (in other words, I've stayed technical and avoided management).
However I do become uncomfortable when searching for a new position. I wonder if my potential peers and managers look down upon me for still being at this level at my age, or just plain don't like older workers. I don't have any concrete evidence of ageism, but I do think about it and fear it, particularly when gunning for a new position.
One thing that works to my advantage is that I look about 10 years younger than my actual age. Per the advice of a very good career counselor, I deleted several of the earliest jobs from my career from my resume.
He also advised me to not provide the year of my college graduation on any resume or application, as that would easily peg my age to be a certain minimum just by a quick glance of my resume or application.
This has been my approach in recent years (I've been on 3 separate job hunts in the last 6 years). However, some web-based job application sites have the year of college graduation field set to a required field ...
... essentially forcing me to reveal my age if I want to apply for the job.
This irks me (to put it mildly). Of the 12 positions I applied for this year, two of them used (perhaps inadvertently) this technique to, essentially, force me to reveal my age if I want to apply for the job.
Should I ...
(1) Apply for the job and hope for the best?
(2) Not apply for the job?
(3) Complain to the company that they are being discriminatory?
(4) <take some other course of action that I'm not even aware is possible>?