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SXSW EDU 2022

Don't Leave Older Workers out of the Jobs Recovery

The majority of the long-term unemployed are over the age of 45. A majority of hiring managers admit hesitating when it comes to hiring an older worker, fearing they are not tech-adaptable or might not fit into the work culture. Conversely, they say the older workers already on the job are valued employees. So, where does that leave mid-career workers trying to find a new job in the post-pandemic workforce? Let's address this age bias directly and examine what's being done to correct it.

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  1. Direct examination of age bias and hiring managers' attitudes about older workers with data to back it up
  2. Examples of nonprofit and education programs and initiatives focused on 40+ jobseekers and workers, ensuring they have up-to-date skills
  3. Examples of how a business with a multigeneration workforce is more successful, the value an older worker brings to the workplace, and backing data

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Ramona Schindelheim, Editor-in-Chief, WorkingNation

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