Throughout National Employ Older Workers Week, National Able Network is posting stories and statistics with one goal: to crush the outdated stereotype that older workers are a hindrance rather than an asset. Here are three great reasons that companies should seek out rather than avoid older jobseekers:

  1. The older workforce is highly skilled. It’s a myth that just because a person is over 50 they have no idea what a computer is. The fastest growing group of internet users is actually people over the age of 50, and that’s not likely to change any time soon. Many job seekers over the age of 50 are not only very computer-literate, but they routinely take courses to enhance their skills, and trust us when we tell you that it gives them a substantial edge.
  2.  They are eager to stay put. How long do new hires typically stay at your offices? If you’re in an office with high turnover and you are looking for workers that are in it for the long haul, then begin courting older job seekers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average new employees between the ages of 45 and 54 stayed at their jobs twice as long as their younger counterparts between the ages 25 and 34.
  3.  They’re eager to get back to work. It’s not easy to change careers over the age of 50, so the fact that these job seekers are doing it should tell you how motivated they are. Whether they’re seeking a change of pace, looking to utilize a substantial untapped skill-set, or they’ve spent the last 20 years standing at a cash register and really want to work in an office with a chair and a desk, older workers are very motivated to make a great impression in a new job. In fact, on average older workers have the best job attendance records.

If you or someone you know is a job seeker over the age of 50, click here to start your career path!