More Employers See Value of Older Employees -
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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According to reports, more employers are seeing the value of older employees.

“There’s no experience like experience,” David Mintz, CEO of dairy-free products maker Tofutti, told AP. “I can’t put an ad saying, ‘Older people wanted,’ but there’s no comparison.” One third of Tofutti’s employees are over 50.

Though surveys indicate that seniors believe they experience age discrimination on the job market, long-term unemployment is far higher. As the U.S. population continues to live longer, some employers are slowly recognizing the skills and relevance of older workers.

About 200 employers, including Google, AT&T and MetLife, have signed an AARP pledge recognizing the value of experienced workers and vowing to consider applicants 50 and older, the AP reports.

This comes at a time when, according to the AARP, nearly 1.
7 million people aged 55 and older were unemployed in August, and 47.4% of older jobseekers were long-term unemployed (meaning, they’d been out of work and looking for a job for 27 weeks or more.)

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.