Older Job Seekers Swarm Seniors4Hire. org in Search of Jobs
Older job seekers 50 and over want jobs and are going online to Seniors4Hire. org to find them.
Huntington Beach, CA (PRWEB) January 27, 2004 -
ÂMore than 150,000 visits have been recorded on www. Seniors4Hire. org, an online career center for employers that actively recruit workers 50 and over, since its launch August 2003.
With the aging of the baby boomer population the number of job seekers over 50 is increasing. The U. S. Department of Labor reports that between 2001-2010 the number of workers age 55 and over will increase 46.6%. Some continue to work past retirement age and others are forced to seek work for financial reasons.
ÂThe 50 and over group is now the fastest growing segment on the Internet and they are going online in search of jobs,Â says Renee Ward, founder of the service and a seasoned recruitment advertising and staffing executive.
Ward says, ÂWe expected active senior citizens to sign up for our free job seeker membership. And while we have some of these, the bulk of our membership is talented people who were laid off, forced into early retirement, or burned-out by being overworked and under-appreciated by their present employers.Â
The demographics of Seniors4Hire. org members look like this:
Gender: 45% Female, 55% Male
Age: 20% 50-55, 40% 56-65, 40% 66+
Schooling: 15% 12 or less, 50% 12-16, 35% 16+
Type of Work: 45% Part-Time, 55% Full-Time
Geography: 25% East, 20% Midwest, 20% West, 35% South
Members of Seniors4Hire. org are seeking jobs in a plethora of categories. The top categories are: accounting, business services, computer programming, customer service, health services, management, merchandising, office admin, property management, retail, sales, security, teaching, training and travel related services.
Employers can promote their companies and post job openings for $36.00 or less with an annual membership.
ÂWhile age bias is still alive and well, it is becoming less so,Â says Ward. ÂOver-qualified has often been used as a euphemism for too old. More businesses are realizing the value of hiring and retaining the older workforce. Companies will always need people that can help them stay in business and grow.Â
Seniors4Hire. org has this advice for older job seekers.
-Stay current or get current in your field or industry. Be knowledgeable of the latest buzz, new technologies and best practices.
-Resumes should go back no more than 10 years, be tailored for the specific position, written for electronic scanners, and emphasize the credentials needed by the company.
-Once you reach the interview stage, donÂt walk in assuming that you wonÂt be given fair consideration.
-Show your eagerness, excitement, passion and vitality.
-DonÂt rest on your past laurels. Demonstrate how your skills and accomplishments can contribute to the companyÂs bottom line today and in the future.