Companies who hire older workers

Reject AgeSo, 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.

RetirementJobs.com

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 ProgramAge Friendly

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.

In Conclusion

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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Healthy Living Tips for Seniors – the Chris Method

Senior coupleIf you are going to reenter the working world or start your new business, you’ll want to know these healthy living tips for seniors. After all, you’ll be more successful with a fit body and a sharp mind.

So, I’m going to talk about what I personally do to stay healthy at age 65. I will admit, I sometimes fall off the wagon and don’t follow my own advice. No one is perfect. However, if you have a plan, it’s always easier to get going again.

Foods to avoid (or cut back on considerably)Avoid

There’s so much information on diet it’s enough to drive you crazy! And, so much of it is contradictory. However, I have learned what is best for me and you will likely do the same.

  • Meat: I’m a vegetarian but I don’t expect you to become one. This is for the simple reason that meat eating seems to be embedded in our DNA. However, we eat way too much and that’s not healthy. My recommendation is to do whatever you can to reduce your intake of meat. Here’s the good news. There are delicious vegetarian substitutes available. So, keep a close eye out for these brands when visiting your supermarket:
    • Beyond Meat (Their Chicken Strips are especially tasty).
    • Tofurky.
    • Yves – really good cold cuts.
    • MorningStar Farms
    • GardenBurger (many varieties – some especially tasty)
    • Impossible Foods. I haven’t tried their products yet because they are not available here in Seattle. However, I’m very excited to do so. I hear that they have a hamburger patty that even the most ardent carnivore would think is meat!

Seattle is full of vegetarian and vegan restaurants. If you are living in or near a significant urban area, you can probably find them as well.

  • Processed Sugar: There is no doubt about it. We are overdosing on sugar! It seems to be in just about everything. So, why do so many food manufacturers put it in their products. Because, it is cheap and ADDICTING!

As a smart consumer, it is your job to read labels very carefully to make sure there is only a small amount or no sugar at all in the product you’re purchasing. Also, it is good to know that food manufactures are sneaky. Thus, watch for diversions such as “cane juice.” It’s still sugar. Sugar causes all kinds of health problems like diabetes, obesity and cancer.

You may never be able to totally eliminate processed sugar, but you can definitely reduce your intake considerably.

  • Processed Foods: You can find a ton of these in your frozen food aisle. What is so bad about them? They are generally stripped of nutrients and have too many added, unhealthy ingredients. Take a look at the label. Here’s a rule of thumb: The more ingredients listed on the packaging, the more additives there are and thus, the less healthy they are.
  • Empty carbs: This is another thing we eat WAY TOO MUCH OF. You’ll find these in white bread, white rice, donuts, cookie and just about any prepackaged sweet item.
  • Dairy: My advice, eat/drink as little as possible. If you stop and think about it, it’s really weird that humans are the only animal to drink the milk of other animals (no, your cat is actually not supposed to drink milk).

veggies and fruitFoods to Eat

Vegetables: You heard it a million times while you were growing up, “eat your vegetables.” Well, there’s a great deal of wisdom in that statement. Admittedly, it’s hard to get enough. But, you can never eat too much! As far as I know, all veggies are good veggies but I always go for organic. And, as they say, go for the rainbow of colors – green, red, yellow, orange, etc.

My advice is eat as many as you can!

Fruit: Fruit is also a food group you should eat daily but probably not as much as veggies because of the sugar (although not the dreaded processed sugar as mentioned before!) Again, I always go for organic. Also, better to eat the whole fruit instead of drinking the juice. However, if juice is the only thing available, go for it (but don’t overdo it).

Whole grains: Whole wheat bread, brown rice, quinoa.

Nuts: I eat as much of these as I can get a hold of.

Beans: Again, I eat as much as I can get!

Soy: Not everyone can eat it but for a vegetarian like me, it’s great!

So, if I were to always eat in what I consider a ‘healthy way”, the above would be my diet. It’s not for everyone, but it works for me. Perhaps you can tweek things a bit to make it work for you.

Supplements: I don’t know a lot about them but I do recommend Emergen-C vitamin supplement to mix into water. It comes in several flavors and is loaded with vitamins!

Alcoholbeer

To me, alcohol is a tricky subject. Mostly you hear about the benefits of alcohol used in moderation. I belong to this camp. It just so happens that I love beer. However, in my experience, any more than one drink a day can slow you down.

Of course, we all are aware of the disastrous results of drinking too much alcohol.

CoffeeCaffeine

Here’s another of those tricky ones. You hear about the benefits of caffeine but in my experience you can definitely overdose. I try to keep it to a cup of drip coffer per day or no more than two shots of espresso. I drink it in the morning to give my brain a jumpstart!

Exerciseweightlifter

I’m a big advocate for both cardio exercise and weight resistance. You can’t deny the benefits of exercises like running, swimming and tennis. They strengthen the heart and lungs. And, as you age, I feel it’s absolutely essential that you engage in some kind of weight training – even with light weights.

The older you get, the more muscle mass you loose and this leads to all kinds of problems like frailty. Weight training helps you maintain that essential muscle mass. But, I don’t believe you need to overdo it unless you are trying to become the senior body-building champion of the world!

dog sleepingSleep

Sleep requirements really seem to vary from person to person. I probably need more than most. Thus, I sleep nine hours a night as a general rule. In any case, sleep is absolutely essential for good health. As you know, getting older often equals more sleep difficulties.

One such problem is sleep apnea where you actually stop breathing and then choke or snort to start again. You should most definitely see a sleep specialist about this. Another is particular on to the male of the species – enlarged prostate. What does this mean for sleep? If you are a man over 50 you may already know that it causes at least one to several trips to the bathroom per night to urinate. And there is nothing that ruins a good sleep like frequent bathroom trips.

Meditationmeditation

Sometimes, you just have to slow the mind down and get centered. Meditation helps with this. If you can find a quiet, calm spot even for a few minutes, sit down and clear the mind.

brain working outBrain Fitness

I like to say “ya gotta keep moving and that means both the body and the mind.” What good is a healthy body if your brain isn’t up to speed? There are so many ways you can keep your brain fit:

  • Reading
  • Puzzles
  • Brain Teasers
  • Trivia
  • Board games
  • Luminosity.com – check it out because it has wonderful exercises for the brain.

Personally, I do crossword puzzles, write and perform music (guitar and singing) draw and paint.

In Conclusion

So, these are my healthy living tips for seniors – the Chris method. Remember, it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks and you want to stay healthy as long as possible.

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Great Part-Time Jobs for Seniors According to AARP

Great part-time jobs for seniors

Let’s talk about some great part-time jobs for seniors! I know, I know, it can be a tough world out there for many people in the 50-plus age category who are seeking full-time and even part-time employment. Even if you’re a seasoned professional with a resume a mile long, you could find it difficult to get your foot in the door because companies like to hire younger workers. Finding companies that higher older workers may involve some searching.  Of course, age discrimination is a whole other topic which I will likely address in a later post. But don’t despair, AARP has your back and has great suggestions for part-time work.

The AARP list of five part-time jobs for seniors

As you know, AARP is the expert on all things senior and here are some of their suggestions.

women at laptopBlogger: Is there something you are passionate about or in which you have expertise? Do you have decent writing skills and a commitment to providing your blog with fresh content? How about computer skills? Like working from home? Then this could be for you.

A successful blog is built around a precise topic or a “niche” in which people have an interest. It’s best that this “niche” is fairly narrow. For example, you may be more successful drawing an audience to your blog with information about the benefits of spirulina, instead of health supplements in general. You also need skills in employing keywords that people will type in when they are seeking information on the subject.

Some ways you generate income as a blogger is from selling products directly on your blog, advertising and affiliate marketing. I have another post all about the subject of affiliate marketing here.

You are working for your self as a blogger so it takes passion, dedication and discipline.

Athletic Coach/Umpire/Referee:

For this one you probably need to have at least some degree of physical fitness and stamina as there may be plenty of standing and even some stress (like parents yelling at you if they don’t like your call). Since you are probably going to work with kids, you will need to have some rapport with them. You need knowledge of the game and may need additional training and licensing.

There are opportunities at schools, youth programs and amateur leagues. Working hours can vary widely according to the sport and organization.

The pay isn’t great but then you are doing it for the fun and because your wife thinks you need to get out of the house more, right? Maybe $3,000 to $5,000 per season for a coach at a school  and $30 – $75 per game for an umpire or referee.

Woman teacherTeacher’s Aide: Here’s another one where it really helps to have an affinity for kids. Other qualifications might include patience and nerves-of-steel. Be prepared to undertake some clerical duties like grading papers, recording grades, setting up equipment and computer entry. You may also have to supervise the little ones in the cafeteria, schoolyard, hallways and on field trips. One of the best aspects of this job is one-on-one tutoring with a student who needs special help. If you like bonding with kids, this can be very rewarding!

You may work three to five days per week and six to seven hours per day during the traditional school year.

To qualify, you will need on-the-job training combined with a high school diploma. A college degree is better, as well as coursework in child development and previous experience helping special education students. Multitasking is a good skill to have. Depending on where you live (especially in the US) a second language, particularly Spanish, is highly desirable.

Teacher aide pay isn’t high but you’re likely doing it because you love the kids! Median full-time pay is $23,640 per year.

tour guide

Tour Guide: Do you have a knack for story-telling and performance? Do you like really getting into the history of a town or city and learning all about it? Do you like to impart your knowledge entertainingly onto a captive audience? A tour guide is one of AARP’s great part-time jobs for seniors.

I’m sure you’ve seen them as the tour bus drives by – they are the ones on the microphone pointing at various interesting landmarks and businesses. Or you may have noticed a big crowd of people on the street following a loud talking person. Well, that person is a tour guide. Could that be you? Looks like a lot of fun to me!

In this job you will lead tourists through points of local interest. For example, in Seattle where I live, you will see tour guides showing people around our Pioneer Square area or at the Pike Street Market. You will also see them in our “Ride the Duck” amphibious vehicle talking over the microphone while pointing out interesting businesses and landmarks as it zips down the street or through the water.

For this job you will need stamina as it could involve standing and/or walking for long periods. You may also need to drive a vehicle. Special licensing might be required. Also, a sharp eye is necessary to monitor guests and to ensure compliance with safety and security.

The hours are going to vary and might include days, evenings, weekends and holidays. Pay is $8.22 $18.05 per hour

To qualify, you often receive on-the-job training. Academic background requirements will vary. Certified Tour Professional (CTP) certification is offered through the National Tour Association.

Hourly pay range is $8.22 to $18.05.

Convention Center: When you think about a convention center you visualize everything from huge business-related shindigs to boat shows. These can be sources for a wide-range of part-time jobs that require a wide range of skills. These jobs include parking lot attendant, cashier, set up and break down, janitorial, information attendant and usher.
Also, keep on the lookout for food service jobs at banquets and special dining events as convention centers often hire line cooks, servers and baristas.

As far as qualifications go, this is all about customer service and working well with the public. It doesn’t hurt to have experience in food service and the different facets of the convention industry. A pre-employment drug screen may be involved and background checks are common.

Many convention centers will outsource the hiring and personnel management to firms that specialize in doing this so you might contact them. Another way to find out about positions is to stop by an event and ask about future openings

The pay varies greatly here – $7.25 – $20 per hour.
Go to www.aarp.org to get more ideas!

Check out the book entitled “How to Get a Good Job After 50: A step-by-step guide to job search success.”

Conclusion

As you know, AARP is a wonderful source for people over 50. Hopefully, these great part-time jobs for seniors will start you thinking creatively about your search.

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