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Tips for Mature Workers

Here are some tips for mature workers seeking employment. You can find more information on each section by clicking on the corresponding links.

Resume writing

Mature workers often have decades of work experience to pull from when creating a resume. Learn how to custom-fit your resume by visiting careeronestop.org.

Career options

Take time to research your career options and learn about demand, wages, and skills needed in prospective careers. Volunteering, interning, or taking a part-time job can be useful ways to try out a new field. Such career paths also have the potential to lead to full-time job offers.

Some mature workers continue to work in their original careers with flexible work schedules. Many employers hire retired employees as consultants or temporary workers, offering flexible work arrangements and designing part-time positions to attract mature workers.

If you are concerned about career limitations due to a disability, check out Resources for Workers with a Disability on careeronestop.org to explore job accommodations or work options with limited physical demands.

Job search

More U.S. workers ages 55 and over are employed than ever before. However, the average time that it takes mature workers to land a job is longer than for other jobseekers.

Tips for shortening your job search:

  • Take your age and other tell-tale dates off of your resume.
  • Be confident. You bring the values of maturity, skill level, experience, and stability
  • Get up-to-date with training and qualifications in your field.
  • Identify your transferable skills and pursue careers that meet your skill background.
  • Consult with your network of family, friends, previous employers, nonprofits you volunteer with, and neighbors to help identify potential job opportunities.

Employers that seek out mature workers

AARP's Employer Pledge Program connects you to companies that value experienced workers. Also check out Retirementjobs.com, which lists jobs and offers “age-friendly certification” to employers that are open to hiring mature workers.

Other useful sites include:

For further information on job search, networking, and job bank resources, visit careeronestop.org or your local One-Stop Career Center.

Understanding ageism and age discrimination

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), age discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) less favorably because of his or her age.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) only forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. It does not protect workers under the age of 40, although some states do have laws that protect younger workers from age discrimination.

Discrimination can occur when the victim and the person who inflicted the discrimination are both over 40.

The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.

More information can be found at EEOC.gov.