27 Nov '12, 1pm

Silicon Valley's fixation with youth has older job seekers shaving their heads and wearing sneakers to interviews.

Silicon Valley's fixation with youth has older job seekers shaving their heads and wearing sneakers to interviews.

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO | Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:27am EST SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When Randy Adams, 60, was looking for a chief-executive officer job in Silicon Valley last year, he got turned down from position after position that he thought he was going to nail — only to see much younger, less-experienced men win out. Finally, before heading into his next interview, he shaved off his gray hair and traded in his loafers for a pair of Converse sneakers. The board hired him. "I don't think I would have been able to get this CEO job if I hadn't shaved my head," says Adams, who has founded eight venture-backed companies. He is now chairman of the company that hired him, mobile conference-call service Socialdial, and is fundraising for a new business. Adams has supplemented his makeover by trading in his button-down shirts for T-shirts, making sure he owns the latest gad...

Full article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/27/us-valley-ageis...

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