9 Employers and Job Resources to Pursue as an Older Worker

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These nonprofits and job-search aids offer programs for — or specialize in — connecting older workers with companies that are looking to hire such workers:

1. Encore.org

Encore.org is a nonprofit that aims to “leverage the skills and talents of experienced adults to improve communities and the world,” according to its website.

The organization’s Encore Fellowships program offers fellowships to experienced professionals who are seeking to enter or return to work in social purpose organizations. Participants are matched with organizations such as nonprofits and foundations based on their expertise.

Fellows earn a stipend that typically ranges from $15,000 to $25,000 for 1,000 hours of work. And according to Encore.org, 65 percent of fellows stay in the social sector as workers or consultants.

Visit the program directory to find out about or apply to fellowship opportunities in your area.

2. Operation A.B.L.E.

This Boston-based nonprofit seeks to provide employment and training opportunities to job-seekers who are age 45 or older in partnership with employers in Massachusetts and other parts of New England.

The services that Operation A.B.L.E. offers include occupational and computer skills training, job search training and support, coaching and counseling, and apprenticeships.

Visit the organization’s list of “age-friendly” employers and find open positions at those companies.

3. Interim Search Partners

Interim Search Partners is a staffing company that specializes in the behavioral health and substance abuse fields. The types of workers the company places include occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, social workers and management professionals.

Interim Search Partners also has a Hire Industry Retired Expert (HIRE) program, which is designed to help employers who are seeking to tap retirees specifically.

The company is based in St. Augustine, Florida, but works with employers across the country. Visit its candidates webpage to submit your resume.

4. Specialized job boards

There are job websites that specialize in positions for job seekers who are 50 or older.

Workforce50.com, for example, says that employers post positions directly to its Workforce50 Jobs board when seeking older and experienced workers.

RetirementJobs.com offers a Certified Age Friendly Employer (CAFE) program, which recognizes “organizations that are committed to being the best places to work for employees at or above age 50,” according to the website.

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