Age discrimination is deeply ingrained in the job market. Nearly anyone laid off after 50 can tell stories of dismissal, frustration and ageist moments in the hunt for work. Worse yet are the experiences of many older job seekers who are Black, women, or have a high school education or less. But what if you could get a job without showing a résumé or a job interview?
That’s not a pipe dream. A small but important movement is pushing the concept of what’s known as “open hiring.” At employers who use this system, all you have to do to apply for a job is put your name on a sign-up sheet. When a position opens, if you’re next on the list, you’re offered the chance to start work immediately.
The open hiring model ignores age, race, gender and other discriminations. It also offers people sidelined in the economy a chance — including the formerly incarcerated, the homeless and people in recovery. – Next Avenue, 15 May 2021