Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Myths and Misconceptions of Older Workers

Things are very busy and exciting over at the Employment Guide office. We have some amazing events, publications and internet promotions going on in the coming fall months. We have already started our Industry Outlooks and yesterday dove into the world of advertising sales.

Today we will continue our look at another industry later in the afternoon. Right now I wanted to kick start Wednesday morning talking about the Employment Guide, the Department of Labor and the AARP’s Older Worker Showcase and Job Fairs. The Orlando version will take place October 4th, 2007 at the East Campus of Valencia Community College. In the coming days we will be rolling out some amazing promotions, flyer's, and other information regarding the event.

As for today I wanted to share some great myths and truths about older workers as written by Carole Kanchier, author of “Dare to Change Your Job - and Your Life”, and principal of Questers (a career consulting group):

Blinded by Bias

Age bias exists. The major stumbling block to older workers getting and keeping desirable jobs are myths and stereotypes that blind some decision-makers from hiring the over-50 crowd. Do you subscribe to negative stereotypes?

Negative myths suggest older workers:
• Resist change
• Have health problems and little energy
• Have few productive years left
• Lack computer skills
• Can't learn new systems and culture
• Fear failure and risk
• Are cranky and bossy
• Can't relate to younger workers
• Won't hustle
• Won't work for younger supervisors

The realities, supported by research, suggest older workers rate higher than younger counterparts in qualities such as:
• Wisdom, maturity, perspective, humor and judgment
• Experience and academic skills
• Attendance and punctuality
• Communication and interpersonal skills
• Work ethic
• Loyalty and trustworthiness
• Supervisory skills
• Time management
• Responsibility
• They also have fewer accidents, less turnover and fewer outside distractions

For the rest of this article please visit the Employment Guide’s center for older workers.

If you have any questions about the October event please reply to this post or send your questions to

-Greg Rollett


amy.hoster August 22, 2007 at 11:08 AM  

This is great; we are holding similar events across the country 43 in total. This article you choose to highlight really gets down to the problem. Older worker means different things to people, especially to potential employers. We are fighting these myths and sadly the old worker candidate is the one who is really fighting this battle in the job market. It’s our job to provide them the tools to win. Our newest resource tool is just the latest line in the line of defense tools we are providing the old job seeker.

In the very near future this demographic will be the pool employers recruit from for hourly workers. “By 2010 nearly 1 in every 3 hourly workers in the United States will be over the age of 50.” - Alliance for the Experienced Workforce. This statistic among many others is why The Employment Guide chooses to collaborate with the AARP Foundation. Our desire is to become the total recruitment tool for the older worker, everyday we move closer to making that goal a reality.

Patrick September 10, 2007 at 7:57 PM  

One myth about older workers is that they will never be as computer savvy as their successors in the millennial generation. This is simply not true...Check out the world's oldest blogger...María Amelia López is a 95 year old who has gained international attention with a blog she received as a birthday present from her grandson 8 months ago!

To check out María Amelia López's views on fashion, worker's rights, terrorism and other topics, check out her blog:

The Little Granny's Blog

Patrick September 14, 2007 at 4:46 AM  

Hire an Older Worker - Age is an asset. Experience, a benefit.

The Orlando Employment Guide is proud to be partnering with the AARP Foundation and the Department of Labor for our Fall Career Fair. The Orlando Older Worker and Fall Career Expo is an amazing opportunity for job seekers to meet face-to-face with employers and recruiters.

We have a great opportunity for job seekers that cannot attend the event as well. We understand that you may have a busy schedule, who doesn't. Knowing this we offer you a chance to take part in this job fair as well. Simply email your resume as an attachment to or and we will be sure to pass it along to all of the attending employers and recruiters.

Join us:
Thursday, October 4th
10am - 2pm
Valencia Community College - East Campus
701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail
Orlando, FL 32825

ANYONE can attend! This event will be Older Worker friendly and sponsored by the AARP Foundation.

But no matter who you are there will be a job waiting for you! Both full and part-time work available!

Don't get lost in the Crowd! Meet face-to-face with recruiters from: (updated 9/13/07)

Americall Group, Inc.
Celebrity Resorts
Central Florida Educator's Credit Union
Circle K
Florida National Guard
U.S. Army
Hilton Grand Vacations Club
John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center
Kelly Services
Marriott Vacation Club
Nike Factory Store
Orange County Fire Department
Orange Lake Resort and Country Club
Southern Technical College
Southwest Airlines
The Insurance Connexion
Walt Disney World
Wet n' Wild
And many more...

For More Information and Updates Please Visit The Orlando JobSpot - Join the Conversation Online with Orlando's Recruitment Blog

** Please support Rock For Hunger by bringing unopened jars of Peanut Butter and Jelly to the event and receive free passes to Bonkerz Comedy Club for you and a friend!!! **

Those of you looking to boost your career, now is the time to plan to attend the Orlando Older Worker & Fall Career Expo! We're expecting 40+ employers, that's 40 or more opportunities to meet hiring managers and get a job THAT DAY!

There will be various entry level to management positions in multiple industries such as retail, restaurant, warehouse, manufacturing, hospitality, skilled trades and crafts, construction, insurance, customer service and more

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