Some bad news and some good news for over-50 workers who are hitting the proverbial ”gray ceiling” in their careers but are unwilling to “ride quietly into the sunset.”
The bad news is statistical, as recently reported in a survey by ExecuNet and captured in the infographic shown below. Their survey reported that 63 percent of search firms say it’s harder to place a 50+ candidate than a younger one, compared with only 52 percent in 2010.
However, the corporate recruiters surveyed also said that the key advantages to hiring people over 50 include the following:
- Depth and breadth of experience
- Business knowledge
- Credibility in their field
- Political savvy/influence
- Good judgment
- Work ethic
- Wide range of contacts
- People skills
- Emotional stability
- Commitment to organizational goals
- Customer service perspective
What advantages might you as a thought leader add to that list? Do you think that those characteristics can be found also in under-50s employees? Participate in the dialogue by clicking here or by adding your comments below.
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