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5 Ways to Find an Age-Friendly Employer

Doug Dickson  | Published on 11/19/2021
In the November 1, 2021 edition of Next Avenue, Nancy Collamer wrote about our Age-Friendly Employer Forum held on September 23. She wrote: "... I'd like to share several tips for finding age-friendly [employers]. I picked some of them up at the recent Age-Friendly Employer Forum, an online webinar hosted by the Encore Boston Network, co-sponsored by Retirementjobs.com and AARP [Massachusetts]."

She went on to say, "
While there is no one central clearinghouse of all age-friendly employers, two notable lists offer a good starting point for your search:

AARP's Employer Pledge list has over 1,000 employers (from American Greetings to Zip Recruiter) who've committed to promoting equal opportunity for all workers, regardless of age.

During the forum, Kara Cohen, manager of community outreach and volunteer engagement at AARP Massachusetts, talked about that list, saying: "We are holding the company's feet to the fire to make sure that they do indeed honor the pledge that they made to not discriminate based on age." For example, they are to avoid using code language — terms like "digital native" or "energetic" that may signal they are looking for younger applicants.

There's also the Certified Age-Friendly Employer (CAFE) program [Chris] Farrell just wrote about [in a recent Next Avenue article]. Tim Driver, CEO of Retirementjobs.com, created CAFE to certify employers who are committed to maintaining employment practices and policies supporting people 50+. The list currently has about 100 employers (with ATT, CVS and Home Instead Senior Care among them), but will soon double to 200.

 

Representatives from two companies featured on these lists offered these tips during the forum:

Richard Ross, a consultant to staffing giant ManpowerGroup, urged older adults interested in [remote] work to get an application into its system, even if they don't see a suitable opening posted.  "We look to build a pool of candidates for the future," he said. "We may not have a job for you today. But if you're in the pool, we might call you when something comes in later."

Erin Travassos, manager of talent acquisition at the energy company Eversource, said older workers shouldn't be discouraged if their application is turned down for a specific job. "If you get rejected by one department, you still might get a job in a different department. So don't hesitate to apply again," she noted.

Read the full article, which includes other useful other useful tips for finding an age-friendly employer.