[Baypiggies] Ageism rehashed

ashish makani ashish.makani at gmail.com
Wed Feb 2 08:21:43 CET 2011

I can relate to your feelings Glen

I think venting it out, has fostered a healthy discussion & hopefully, the
interviewer in question has learnt his lesson.

I think it's very brave of you to share this story & made us all aware of
our rights & duties, as technology professionals.
I have a romantic ideal notion that all fields should be
meritocratic....where your knowledge is the most important critrion....not
age, gender, formal degree, religion, national origin,political or other
connections(called "approach" in india),  or any other factor which does not
affect your ability.
I am happy to see it in action today.


On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 9:45 PM, Tung Wai Yip <tungwaiyip at yahoo.com> wrote:

> 2011/2/2 Daniel González Gasull <daniel at djansoft.com>
>>  By the way, where I come from (Spain) almost everybody writes the date
>>> of birth and also usually their married status in their resume.  I was
>>> actually pleasantly surprised when I realized nobody in the US does
>>> that and is actually forbidden to ask that information in a job
>>> application.
>> Same is the case in India. Almost every applicant is supposed to furnish
>> his/hers complete personal details. But most Indians, do not care much
>> about
>> it.
> Same in Hong Kong. Is is trendy/customary to put a picture on your resume.
> It is probably a no-no is US. I think US has a strong egalitarian and
> anti-discriminatory culture, which is great. On the other hand it is also
> very litigious, which is not so great. What is basic person info in other
> culture is considered taboo in US and people go a great length to obfuscate
> it.
> I think the tech industry is a great place to be in terms of inclusiveness.
> Many companies put diversity into their HR policy and I can see a lot of
> evidence in practice. Also base on my experience, meritocracy reign in
> hiring. I think such culture is a better mean to attain inclusiveness than
> legal means. Same for computer language. I prefer a language that makes it
> easy to do the right thing rather than tries to protect you from making
> mistakes but also make doing anything at all difficult.
> Just my humble opinion.
> Wai Yip
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