So, you’re over 50, seeking employment and would like to find companies who hire older workers. As you may have found, it seems harder to find meaningful work when you are older. In fact, the reality is that age discrimination exists. It almost seems baked into our youth-obsessed culture.
The number of seniors aged 65 and older within the working-age population is projected to increase from 19% to 29% by 2060. But new research shows that age discrimination continues to be a problem for older job seekers.
I believe that in many cases, the discrimination is not conscious nor malicious. This is because we are conditioned to focus on the accomplishments of younger folks and dismiss those of older folks.
However, this is not always the case and hopefully the practices of companies who hire older workers can show that.
If you are not already aware of this, you should be. Especially if you have been frustrated in your job search. RetirementJobs.com is a job board and career advise site for people over 50. Here is a quote from Tim Driver, its founder and CEO. “Our mission is to shine a light on companies that are doing the right things, advance the interest of older workers and save job seekers valuable time.”
The site has a feature called Employer Reviews where employees share opinions about the age-friendliness of an employer. In addition, they have a Certified Age Friendly Employer Program (CAFE). This identifies those companies who commit themselves to being the best places to work for people over 50.
Here are some well-known companies and possible positions, who receive a five star rating from RetirementJobs.com:
- AAA Motorclub: roadside technician, claim representative, sales agent, call center representative, life and annuity agent.
- Apple: signal integrity engineer.
- Bankers Life: customer relations representative, branch manager, legal specialist, senior underwriter, finance assistant.
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): quality receiving inspector, operations specialist, aircraft maintenance, technician.
- Goodwill Industries: e-commerce collectibles associate, retail supervisor, photographer, security officer.
- Habitat for Humanity: specialist US grants manager, expertise center concept development.
- Hallmark Cards: director of targeting, director of category strategy.
- Lyft: drivers
- New York Life: IT operations analyst, quality analyst, senior buyer, senior electrical engineer.
- Office Depot: software engineer, customer service, technical writer, service manager, inside sales representative.
- Panera Bread: customer relationship manager, driver, production worker, corporate trainer, restaurant manager.
- Pet Smart: groundskeeper, warehouse operations, merchandiser, dog-walker, finance services manager.
- Reynolds: mechanical engineer, senior financial analyst, manufacturing engineer, territory manager.
- Starbucks: technical writer, barista, management, food and beverage director, new product specialist.
- Total Wine and More: management positions and retail sales.
Certified Age Friendly Employer Program
A job seeker can open a free account at RetirementJobs.com. As a result, they get the full list of Certified Age Friendly Employers as mentioned above.
This designation is determined following an in-depth analysis based on interviews with the employer. The employer must show a commitment to employ people over 50 and further investigate complaints about discrimination.
There are 12 categories of best practice standards. And within each are several policies that comprise the framework of the certification.
The certification evaluation process is performed exclusively by the staff of Retirementjobs.com. These are highly experienced human resource professionals. The evaluation consists of 6 steps which are application or letter of interest, process review discussion, evaluation questionnaire, program review, related recognition and renewal/recertification.
To find out more go to www.RetirementJobs.com
Senior Friendly Fortune 500 Companies
Here is a list large companies and the percentage of workers who are 50 and older:
- American Airlines: 39%
- Eastman Kodak: 38%
- Travel Centers of America: 38%
- Delta Airlines: 37%
- Weyerhaeuser: 36%
- Edison International: 36%
- Northeast Utilities: 36%
- Smithfield Foods: 35%
- United Services Automobile Association: 35%
More Top Rated Senior Friendly Companies
Kununu.com is another online employee review website that rates companies based on senior friendliness. The ratings are based on what employees and former employees have said about their work experience. So, here are 10 highly rated companies:
- SafeStreets USA: Headquarters, Kent, Washington. They are one of ADT’s oldest and largest authorized dealers. They sell and install home security systems. Also, they hire for sales representatives and analysts. Reviewers have said that age is celebrated here and age diversity is considered a strength.
- Adaptive Environmental: Headquarters, Provo Utah. Pest control services. They hire sales representatives, sales managers, branch managers, operations managers. Reviewers state that respect for elders is extremely high. In fact, people here enjoy learning from older employees.
- Liberty Tax Service: Headquarters, Virginia Beach, Virginia. This is the third largest tax preparation service in the US. They hire tax preparers, accountants, technical writers. Reviewers say that all employees are appreciated and supported. Further, they recognize that older workers have more knowledge and are a great help to others.
- Omni Systems: Headquarters, Richmond Heights, Ohio. One of the largest label converters in the US. This company hires for printing press operators and business development sales executives. Reviewers say everyone is welcome and appreciated because they place value on the years of experience older workers offer. Senior employees often become mentors to younger ones.
- Franklin International: Headquarters, Columbus, Ohio. This company manufactures and sells adhesives, sealants and polymers for wood products. They hire for industrial engineers, chemists and mixing/blending machine setters. Reviewers say that many people work there until 70. This is because the company offers programs for phased retirement, part-time work and good retirement medical benefits.
- H&M; Headquarters, New York City. One of the world’s largest fashion companies. They hire for store managers, sales advisors and visual managers. Reviewers say that older workers are treated the same as others.
- Government Accountability Office (GAO): Headquarters, Washington, D.C. A government agency that provides auditing and investigative services for Congress. They hire management analysts, auditors, training and development managers and market research analysts. This organization places high value on the wisdom an older worker brings.
- Wegman’s Food Markets: Headquarters, Rochester, New York. A family owned supermarket chain in the Northeast and Virginia. They hire for food preparation workers, cashiers, line cooks and pharmacy technicians. Reviewers say Wegman’s loves to hire older workers.
- TJX Companies: Headquarters, Framingham, Massachusetts. They are an international fashion and home decor retailer that owns Marshalls and TJ Maxx. They hire for store managers, loss prevention managers and customer service. One reviewer said of older women who work there that “They are amazing ladies and loved by all.”
- Nike: Headquarters, Beaverton, Oregon. Sporting goods and apparel manufacturer and retailer. They hire for associate merchants, store managers, software engineers and research analysts. Nike works to keep older workers happy and active.
If you are an older person frustrated with the job search we hope that the information we provide will shed light on the situation and provide a more positive frame of mind. While there is a lot of negative news regarding the job prospects for people over 50, there is also positive news.
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