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.
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