Not so bleak. Those three words just may sum up the prognosis for seniors on the hunt for new work, a verdict reinforced by data out of the Boston College Center for Retirement Research where the academics said, "The outlook is generally not as bad as it used to be."
The BC researchers did acknowledge that, for most, employment options "decline with age" - but, and this is crucial, no longer do seniors appear to have employment choices limited to "old person jobs" such as store greeters. That is a huge shift and bright news for work hungry seniors.
The BC researchers pointed to multiple factors that, they said, have greased this change. A big one: most employers have shifted away from so-called defined benefit pensions so they no longer see seniors as a sure money drain. The researchers continued: "Older workers are no longer less educated than younger workers and could thus be more attractive to employers. And, finally, the aging of the large Baby Boom cohort could mean that job applicants are evaluated by older hiring managers, who tend to value older workers more than younger managers."
All good news for seniors. "There's a lot of demand for seniors," said Allan Ageman, managing partner at New York based staffing firm The Bachrach Group. "We hire seniors ourselves."
Seniors, he stressed, bring maturity to work and "they dress normally."
Recruiter and author Evan Pellett said similar: "The seniors job outlook is no longer bleak due to many key shifts in employers' perspectives. Employers are recognizing that seniors often have incredible work ethic, show up more consistently, keep longer tenures, and are grateful for the work. Many seniors come from a time when overworking themselves was considered the norm, not the exception. Seniors also understand impeccable customer service and are more adept at building long term connections and relationships."