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How Job Hunters Can Look For Age-Friendly Employers

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How do you find age-friendly employers when you’re job hunting?

Sadly, even in the current good economy, this question is as relevant as ever for people over 50 looking for work. As NPR’s Ina Jaffe reported, a just-released study by David Neumark, an economics professor at the University of California, Irvine, and two others, tracked responses to over 40,000 resumés and found the call-back rate for interviews was lowest for older workers — and worse for older women than for older men.

At a time when so many boomers want, and need, to work later in life, whether full-time or part-time, it’s an undeniably frustrating state of affairs. That’s why I want to tell you about an intriguing new feature at RetirementJobs.com, a 10-year-old job board and career advice site geared for people over 50. “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,” said Tim Driver, RetirementJobs.com founder and CEO.

His site just rolled out a section called Employer Reviews, where employees can share their opinions on whether a particular employer is age-friendly. (It’s one of several helpful tools on the site.) Think of Employer Reviews as a Yelp for older job seekers, where you’ll learn which employers merit a visit and which will leave you with heartburn.

Posting a review is simple: Once registered on the site, you can (anonymously) submit ratings on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being least age-friendly and 10 being most age-friendly (those figures are averaged together to compute a 5-star rating). In addition, you can add comments about your work experience and job-search experience, both good and bad.

 

 

originally published   by Nancy Collamer April 2017 in https://www.forbes.com

 

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