Specialty Recruitment for Seniors
Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, more and more silver-maned people in their sixties, seventies, and eighties are returning to work, and employers are taking notice. A specialty market is growing up around their migratory pattern towards their second ‘homes’: office buildings, classrooms, or retail/hospitality establishments. One compelling factor that mature workers bring to the table is their contribution to diversity.
The days of overt ageism are fading away as companies conducting job searches more and more acknowledge the benefits of a diverse employee base.
Likewise, an increasing number of seniors wish to continue to lead a life that is meaningful, rather than fading into the background. Many people who have reached retirement age don’t consider themselves “seniors”, and are as energized to continue contributing as they were twenty or thirty years earlier.
Where to Look?
Much like Monster.com or Angie’s List, RetiredBrains.com connects employers with employees, but with an exclusive focus on seniors. The site began in 2003 with only this purpose in mind, but only started seeing significant traffic after it began adding articles and webinars and today enjoys a lot of return visitorship. The organization was founded by a man in his seventies, who is no doubt proud that the website has grown into a major gathering place for retirees, those planning to retire and return to work, and those who care for them with its highly targeted content for such web visitors. Internet freelancers of any age can also find virtual employment on Elance.com, an online freelancing website.
Another job search site especially tailored to seniors fifty and older is Seniors4Hire.org, boasting a number one ranking among such career placement centers. They rightly intone the positive results that businesses that promote diversity in the workplace through employment of seniors reap. Seniors4Hire.org offers free membership to senior citizens and retirees over the age of fifty, who post résumés to their profiles then search featured employers from the offered featured jobs list drawing from a nationwide jobs database and enjoy speedy updates thanks to a job notification service. This service has proven very effective in connecting employers with mature folks who want to continue contributing in significant ways to their industry.
Fifty seems to be the industry standard for making the change in status to ‘senior worker’. Thousands of people who meet this criterion visit SeniorJobBank.org daily in hopes of contributing their abilities and understanding to a company. Potential employers who make their job openings known on SeniorJobBank.org have access to an enormous pool of retired and semi-retired workers who are willing and able to apply their talents, made finer by years of experience, in virtually any location. People over fifty who feel they’re too young to retire and want to turn a new page in their lives turn to this service whether they want to continue (or advance) in their current line of work or to get their foot in the door in a different kind of organization or are simply looking for something part time to keep the bills at bay and life interesting.
Author: Sheila Martin
Publish Date: Tue, 10/04/2011 - 16:11