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When applying for jobs, isn't it illegal for employers to ask your age, especially as an initial screening tool before accepting a resume?

Monday August 19, 2013
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Dear Donna,

When I go online to look for jobs, often they ask a lot of questions. One of them is my birthday. As an older nurse, I'm afraid my age may count against me. I thought it was illegal to ask your age, especially as an initial screening tool before accepting a resume.

Older Nurse

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Older Nurse,

Because your age is protected information in a pre-employment situation, I would suggest you do not answer that question on online applications. Frankly, in that situation I'm surprised that an employer is even asking it.

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://www.Nurse.com/Events.