5 Flexible Companies That Value Older Workers
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Here’s a dose of reality: we’re all getting older. Still, given that reality, many older job seekers face challenges finding work, even in the flexible job marketplace. Older workers who are job seekers may feel their value is overlooked or diminished, despite the experience and expertise they bring to the table.
Happily, that’s not the case across the board by any means. To be sure, older workers may face job search hurdles their younger competitors don’t. But some companies do value and welcome older workers. A recent Monster.com ranking of employers that really care about older workers listed 10 great companies for seasoned workers, based on their friendliness toward team members who are older.
To come up with the list below, we cross-referenced the Monster.com list with flexible companies in the FlexJobs database. Our list includes five great companies that offer part-time, remote, alternate schedules, and other flexible schedules for job seekers of all ages, and are also especially friendly to older workers.
Check out these five flexible companies that value older workers:
1. Liberty Tax Service
Liberty Tax Service offers a range of flexible positions, with recent job titles including office supervisor, marketing sales representative, and seasonal marketer. According to Monster.com, Liberty Tax Service, based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, frequently offers jobs that include seasonal tax preparers and technical writers, hiring more than 15,000 workers in 2017.
Known for its youth-oriented clothing, H&M made the Monster.com list as friendly to older employees for treating older workers with the same regard as younger employees. H&M hired more than 1,100 workers in 2017, Monster.com reported. The FlexJobs database listed recent flexible jobs at H&M that included part-time positions in customer service.
A family-owned supermarket chain, Wegmans has offered flexible jobs in the past, including part-time jobs for pharmacy technicians, customer service representatives, and accounting professionals. According to Monster.com, Wegmans hired for more than 5,000 positions in 2017. For older workers, working at Wegmans “is a great way to stay active post-retirement.”
4. TJX Companies
Based in Framingham, Massachusetts, TJX Companies is a Fortune 500 employer whose brands include T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, and Sierra Trading Post. TJX Companies hired more than 5,400 workers in 2017, for workers of a “wide range of ages.” In the FlexJobs database, flexible jobs at TJX Companies include temporary, part-time, and freelance positions for technical analysts, call center representatives, packaging designers, and fashion apparel technical designers.
A global athletic brand headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Nike was cited by Monster.com for keeping “older colleagues happy, working, and active within the company.” In 2017, Nike hired more than 8,700 workers. The company offered flexible positions, including remote and freelance job titles such as apparel designer, digital community manager, energy sales executive, and business analyst.
Job Search Tips for Older Workers
If you’re a seasoned job seeker, there are a few strategic approaches you might consider to keep yourself competitive in the job market. Here are three tips to consider:
1. Consider resume tips for older professionals to make sure you’re up to date. While you don’t want to short shrift your accomplishments, you do want to be forward-looking and make potential employers aware of what you have to offer now—and going forward.
2. Shift your perspective and think about flexible work options and work-from-anywhere jobs for older workers. If you’re finally in a position to work virtually, capitalize on technology and consider working not just from home, but from anywhere in the world where you can get a reliable Wi-Fi connection.
3. There are lots of myths about older workers, including perceptions that their technical skills aren’t up to par, they’re set in their work habits, and they’re in retirement mode and not willing to work hard. Kick those stereotypes aside by demonstrating that you’re up to speed on technology and that you’ve embraced workplace flexibility to the fullest.