- Including Old Recommendations That Are No Longer Relevant – A good yard stick to measure the age of useful recommendations on LinkedIn is 5-10 years.
All recommendations displayed should speak directly to work you intend to pursue, or core character traits essential to continued business success.
While it’s certainly acceptable to include updated recommendations for jobs held more than 5-10 years ago, those recommendations should be up-to-date (5 years old or younger).
- Displaying Senior Citizen Groups On Your Profile –
Many people don’t know that you can still be a member of a LinkedIn group, but hide its display on your profile. This allows you to utilize some very helpful assistance from organizations like AARP, AMAC, NAOCS, and many more, yet keep that information ‘private’.
Displaying senior citizen groups on your LinkedIn profile is just asking to be discriminated against based on age.
- Using An AOL or Cable Provider Email Address –
The vast majority of people who use aol.com email addresses are over 50. It’s a dead giveaway.
Another dead giveaway is to use an email address from your cable provider like rr.com, roadrunner.com, or twc.com.
Funny thing is you probably already have another email address if you own a smartphone. If your phone didn’t come with either an iCloud (Apple) or Gmail (Google) email address, just set one up now … we’ll wait. LOL
While we’re not big believers in using too many email addresses, as an alternative to Gmail, you can always use an email address from your alumni association, professional society, or your own domain.
Almost anything you select will appear more 21st-century than the dreaded .aol TLD (top level domain). And, we always recommend using a separate email address for your job search.
- Your Birthday With Year of Birth – HUGE (facepalm) – This may be the single dumbest item LinkedIn ever included on a LinkedIn profile. Think about it … birth year? Seriously?
In a professional adult business environment, when precisely is it appropriate to ask someone their age?
Even though asking someone their age during the screening process, or discriminating against them because of age is illegal, the practice still remains commonplace in the workplace. In fact, a 2013 AARP study found that nearly half of all older job seekers reported being overlooked for a job because of their age.
Hiring managers, usually in their 30’s to 40’s, are often times told, … “don’t hire them if they’re over 50.”
Even famous Facebook CEO, Zuckerberg, became infamous in 2007 for having said, “Young people are just smarter.” (head shaking) … and kids wonder where sayings like “youth is wasted on the young” come from. (facepalm)
Knowing the top-10 things that make you look too old on LinkedIn can mean the difference between getting an interview, or never receiving a callback.
You decide if the subtle signals in your LinkedIn profile are giving the 1st impression you intend. Do you look too old on LinkedIn?