“In response to cries for more skilled, qualified workers, many companies are turning back to those they may have overlooked – senior citizens.”
Whether you need extra income to support yourself, or you’re just looking to interact with others, you may be in luck – more companies are actively seeking out senior citizens to work for them. In fact, your next Venti Soy Vanilla Latte could be served to you by, not a millennial, but a Baby Boomer. A forward-thinking Starbucks in Mexico City is staffed almost entirely by senior citizens, in an effort to change social attitudes about seniors in the workforce. This Starbucks is not alone – other businesses are seeing the value of hiring older workers.
Why Are Companies Targeting Senior Citizens for Employees?
It’s no secret that there’s been a trend to hire younger workers. According to a study at Texas A&M University, job applicants over 50 were 40% less likely to be called for an interview than their younger counterparts. David Neumark, director of the Center for Economics & Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine, cites stereotyping and prevailing social attitudes as culprits in age discrimination in the workplace.
In response to cries for more skilled, qualified workers, many companies are turning back to those they may have overlooked – senior citizens. A quick internet search can yield a gold mine of jobs for seniors. Here are some of them: General Mills, KPMG, Pfizer, Rover.com, Kimberly-Clark, United Way, Liberty Tax Service, Wegmans Food Markets, Omni Systems, H&M, Government Accountability Office, Nike and Goodwill.
How Do Seniors Find Jobs?
While times have changed, and the age of pounding the pavement looking for work may seem all-but-over, there are ways for senior citizens of varying technological skills to find a job.
- Inquire at your favorite shopping establishment, either in person or by phone.
- Use online tools like Indeed.com, Monster.com, or Glassdoor.com.
- Check with local senior centers – some may offer job search resources.
- Talk to friends and family about your goals – someone may have just the position for you.
What if I Face Age Discrimination in the Workplace?
With more companies embracing older workers, there are still those that prefer younger workers and make a habit of ignoring resumes of older applicants. If you believe you have been passed over because of your age, consider speaking with an attorney to determine what your options are.
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Glassdoor.com - Over 50? Here Are 12 Incredible Companies Hiring Now! (Accessed September 15, 2018) https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/companies-hiring-over-50/
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Care.com - 12 Part-time Jobs for Seniors (Accessed September 15, 2018) https://www.care.com/c/stories/5443/part-time-jobs-for-seniors/