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Resources for Older Workers

 

DisabilityInfo.gov is a comprehensive, well-organized resource for employers and job seekers.

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) "Finding a Job that is Right For You", is an excellent 4-step approach that's full of usefull links to job-seeking resources.

AARP offers a list of over 40 employers (compiled by AARP) that actively seek older workers.

Seniors4hire is an online community for those 50 and older and the companies that want to recruit them. It has a list of stereotypes about older workers, along with the reality.

Wiserworker.com has job listings nationwide, listings of job fairs, and other resources.

"Tapping a Silver Mine" is an article from the March 2002 issue of HR Magazine on the challenges, opportunities, tips, and brief success stories of hiring older workers.

 

 


Older Workers

In the second half of life, workers have had the time to learn what they’re good at, what they enjoy doing, and what kind of people they enjoy working with – and the confidence to persist in finding a job and coworkers that truly suit them.  

It’s true that some hiring managers will be hesitant upon meeting an older job candidate or one who also has a disability. Applicants can often put them at ease quickly, just by talking about the same things that all successful job seekers do – how they can help their business and how their department’s goals will be met more easily.

Many hiring managers genuinely don’t care about age. Others are excited to discover a mature, qualified candidate who has a track record – because they know from experience that it’s costly and time-consuming for them to start all over after training a junior person who doesn’t work out.

“So where can businesses find a dependable, steady workforce that has no plans to move up and out? A workforce dedicated to the job at hand and that takes pride in its work? Who will cost them less to hire, train and maintain? The answer? Older workers.”

-12 Benefits of Hiring Older Workers, Entrepreneur Magazine