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Landing a Job Though You're Not Young Anymore

6 May 2009—What stereotypes hamper older workers' job hunts? Results of a 2007 survey of employer perceptions by BC's Sloan Center on Aging & Work, and comments by director Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, are highlighted by Forbes' Tara Weiss.  

In 2007 the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College published a survey of employers' perceptions of employees in the early, middle and late parts of their careers.  It found that 44% of employers said late-in-career employees were reluctant to try new technology, compared with 12.9% for early-in-career employees and 21.3% for mid-career employees; 37.7% called late-career employees burned out, compared with 32.9% for mid-career and 19.9% for early-career; and 28.1% said late-career employees were reluctant to travel for work, compared with 15.7% for early-career and 19.8% for midcareer.

Those same employers had positive perceptions too, saying that older employees were more loyal and brought much-needed skills to their jobs.  "Research shows that employers have a positive perspective of older employees but have concerns and doubts at the same time," says Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, director of the Sloan Center.  "The positive attributes they associate with their own employees.  The negative feelings they associate with older employees they don't know."

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