Can I misrepresent my age on a job application?

I am an older person who needs a job badly. I have very good skills but I have not been getting responses to my job applications. I think it is because of my age and feel that I need to say I am younger on the applications. I know this will affect other documentation if I am hired. It's not ethical but is it illegal?

1 answer  |  asked Sep 26, 2017 09:56 AM [EST]  |  applies to New York

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V Jonas Urba
No. Any employee who misrepresents facts on an employment application gives their employer an easy way to fire them. Don't do it.

But you can exclude experience from way back on your resume or list only degrees or certificates without dates. If the application asks for dates you need to list them.

Ask the potential employer for more time to complete the application if you need it. You are older. Things take longer. Take it home. Make copies. Sometimes the questions asked are illegal. Speak with an employment lawyer. You might find paying a few bucks was money well spent. And you will know what to look out for once hired.

posted by V Jonas Urba  |  Sep 26, 2017 10:02 AM [EST]

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