Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Career Fair to Match Older Workers and Jobs

A Mature Worker Career Fair will take place Tuesday, September 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, 3115 Scott Futrell Dr, Charlotte NC 28208 (I-85 @ Billy Graham Pkwy). The AARP Foundation has collaborated with The Charlotte Employment Guide to match prospective job seekers with jobs. Mature-worker friendly companies will be available to talk with applicants at the job fair.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the share of the labor force ageed 55 and older, currently at 17 percent, is rising rapidly and by 2020 it is projected to be nearly 24 percent.
The graying of the labor force can be attributed to many factors including longer life expectancy, the enactment of age discrimination laws and the significant increases in healthcare cost, necessitating more income later in life.

Keeping those workers employed also makes good business sense. A report prepared for AARP by Towers Perrin, The Business Case for Workers Age 50+, found that older workers are more motivated to exceed expectations on the job than their younger counterparts. They also bring experience, dedication, focus, stability and enhanced knowledge to their work.

Evelyn Issa, staffing manager over national Hiring Partnerships for Home Depot agrees. “Mature workers bring not only solid work experience to the job, but they also have a lower rate of attrition and a strong work ethic,” she said.

“Many of our older workers are enjoying retirement but want a part-time job where they can interact with people and use the skills they’ve developed. To attract and retain them, Home Depot offers part-time, flexible schedules and health benefits and a 401k plan. We believe this gives us a significant competitive advantage,” continued Issa.

To find out more about how you can participate as a job seeker or as an employer at the Employ The Older Workers Diversity Job Fair, Tuesday, September 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. contact the Employment Guide at 877-676-0051 ext. 222

About AARP Foundation
For more information, visit www.aarp.org/foundation.

About The Employment Guide and EmploymentGuide.com
The Employment Guide and EmploymentGuide.com, divisions of Dominion Enterprises, offer a winning combination of recruitment solutions to target hourly workers. With almost 80 weekly employment magazines in over 75 markets nationwide, an award-winning national online job board and more than 250 annual job fairs, The Employment Guide and EmploymentGuide.com will meet all of your hourly recruitment needs.

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