Published On: Thu, Jun 13th, 2024

Been There, Done That

By Marci Shatzman

Are you job hunting after 50 or as a retiree because you need the income? You’re not alone in this.

Encore Palm Beach County’s mission is helping job seekers 50+ find reliable employment in their own or another field, and encourage employers to hire older workers.

Encore PBC also gives annual awards to employers who hire experienced employees and have an older workforce. See information below to nominate an employer and support their upcoming awards event.

Here’s Encore PBC founder Rosemary Nixon’s savvy advice for Boca Raton Tribune readers. Don’t hesitate to spread the word if you know someone else who is older and job hunting.

“When people get in touch with me that are looking for work, I tell them we are not a staffing agency, but can connect them with local staffing agencies and age-friendly employers interested in 50+ workers.  I direct them to two places on our website, the finding work resources page:  

https://www.encorepbc.org/resources-new/resources-to-help-find-new-work/ and the help of a team of HR people that can be found on our home page with a link to fill out an application:  https://www.encorepbc.org/

“It has been my experience that 50+ people who go on the major job boards like Indeed or Monster do not get responses to their resume submissions.  I’ve been told that it’s because the algorithms screen out older candidates.”

Thanks, Rosemary, and I hope that helps identify companies that welcome job applications from older workers.

To nominate an employer who is already doing that, here’s links for Encore’s 2024 Wisdom & Experience Works for Business awards Sept. 26 at the Airport Hilton in West Palm Beach:

Employer: https://forms.gle/LG8sgmAgpN9Sc3BJ6

Sponsor the Event: https://bit.ly/3Jo0wnz

Register to Attend: https://bit.ly/4culjTZ

Visit: https://www.encorepbc.org/wisdom-experience/

For more information contact: Christine Catoggio Encore PBC chair 561-929-1195.

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