Actually, employers are interested in hiring you, as they have found that seniors provide:
• Quality customer service experience
Ability to initiate sales and transaction dependability Eagerness to provide support and guidance Superior communication skills Varied work experience
Better ability to work with mature clientele An old-fashioned work ethic*
Many employers have found that hiring older workers pro¬vides them with employees who are more likely to be punc¬tual, are more committed to quality, have better people skills, are less likely to be absent from work, are not job changers, possess excellent customer service skills, require less train¬ing, and generally have a more positive attitude. In almost every area other than their knowledge of technology, older workers provide employers with a more cost-effective hire than do their younger counterparts.
Employers have also found that hiring seniors for project assignments or on a part-time basis can save them big-time dollars on benefits and health-care costs, as in most cases seniors do not expect benefits. Of course, many seniors con¬tinue working full-time for the money, and an increasingly larger percentage continue working in order to receive health¬care coverage for themselves and their family.
The majority of small-business owners asked indicate that health-care benefits coverage is their biggest challenge due to increasing costs. Often the same is true for large corporations. Hiring seniors to work part-time or on temporary assignments in most cases saves these health-care benefits costs.
*From Helen Foster, Mature Market Group, Tapping the Mature Workforce: An Overview & Recommendations