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How do you find or attract these older workers?

How to find or attract older workers
Greg Goudie
Written by Greg Goudie

First of all you need to recognise that you need to hire the right person for the job irrespective of age!  They need to have the skills and the willingness to meet your requirements.

Next, fish where the fish are. Use organisations such as DOME, local community centres, local newspapers. Don’t use wording in advertisements such as “youthful or energetic,” “fast paced”, this will obviously indicate to the older worker you are really looking for a young person, so they won’t even bother to apply.

Use your networks, such as your existing staff – they probably know someone who may fit the culture of the business and meet the requirements of the job. Consider what the applicants do outside of work, as this is probably what they enjoy doing, and if it fits your business you know you will get someone with a passion for the job.

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Greg Goudie

Greg Goudie

Greg Goudie is the Executive Director of DOME and following many years in the automotive parts manufacturing sector, has worked with mature age unemployed for the past 15 years.

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