6. Focus on ability, not age
As manager of large dollar accounts, Faheem Salaam found himself out of a job. After working 28 years for the same bank, his department would soon close as part of the bank's restructuring.
More than two years and a dozen interviews later, Salaam could not find a job. But what bothered him more than being unemployed is his perception why: at age 60, no one wants to hire him.
One interviewer even crossed a legal boundary by telling Salaam that, although the bank needed someone with his abilities, it wanted a younger person.
"It was at that point I fully realized that my age would be a barrier to my employment," he says, adding that he contacted every employer he interviewed with to find out why he wasn't hired. Only 20 percent responded. "I cannot believe given my experience and education that I cannot find work."
Make sure hiring managers, recruiters and interviewers have a clear understanding of age discrimination laws. It's also crucial to address more subtle forms of age bias and stereotyping in the hiring process. This can be done through ongoing training on age diversity, as well as by fostering an atmosphere where talent and ability, not age, are the deciding factors.
7. Use social media to find top talent
Many employers worldwide are using social media to recruit employees. Nowadays, if you are not on social media, you are out of the loop, especially if you are looking to solve current and future staffing challenges.
AARP’s Life Reimagined for Work is the first talent exchange dedicated to helping companies find experienced workers and to helping experienced professionals connect to more satisfying careers. An employer joins more than 200 companies already participating in Life Reimagined for Work by signing the Work Reimagined Pledge, demonstrating their commitment to recruiting across diverse age groups and consider all job applicants on an equal basis.
Moreover, the Life Reimagined for Work Discussion Group on LinkedIn, with thousands of members, is a vibrant online community where valued employers connect with experienced workers. Employers are encouraged to participate by posting jobs, engaging in discussions, and sharing company updates and best practices with fellow employers and job seekers.
Find out more about resources for employers via AARP’s Employer Resource Center at www.aarp.org/employers.