Don't Retire on Not Recruiting Senior Citizens

Finding dependable, loyal employees is the key to a successful recruitment process, which is why so many businesses nationwide are hiring senior citizens.

That's right; seniors make great employees for a number of unique reasons.

If your business is hiring, here are some of the advantages of going the senior citizen route:

Tips for Hiring Seniors

As mentioned before, businesses across the nation are hiring older workers.

The question is, how are they going about the recruitment process?

Well, for starters, companies like Walmart and Target are teaming up with AARP in order to help connect seniors with open job positions.

Likewise, a number of senior-specific job boards are making their way to the Internet.

Companies of all kinds are posting open positions on sites like,, and just to name a few.

Local networking is yet another way businesses’ just like yours are recruiting senior citizens.

By reaching out to local community centers, senior centers, and churches, businesses are tracking down seniors who are ready to work.

With the hiring tips above in mind, here are just a few benefits of hiring seniors….


Many seniors are punctual and mature, which makes them naturally reliable employees.

They know how important it is to be on time and ready work, which means your business, can rely on them regardless of work schedule changes.

The article "5 Ideas for Finding the Fountain of Youth in Retirement" mentions the fact that retirement doesn't mean slowing down.

More and more seniors are passionate about working through their retirement years, which makes them a reliable and energetic recruitment option for your business.

Schedule Flexibility

Part of finding a reliable employee is choosing a candidate who has a flexible work schedule.

Younger workers, especially those with growing families, oftentimes prefer working 9 to 5 positions and don't have much flexibility outside of that.

However, senior citizens usually don't have conventional personal schedules, which make them very flexible employees.

Their children are grown and out of the house, so there are usually no family responsibilities to contend with either. This makes senior citizens ideal candidates for working weekends and most holidays.

Vast Experience

Work experience is an important consideration with any potential candidate.

More often than not, younger employees have experience, but only with one or two job titles. Senior citizens on the other hand usually bring a vast amount of experience to the table.

The likelihood of senior citizens working a number of different jobs throughout their lifetime is high.

As a result, seniors usually have more experience and can provide your business with knowledgeable insights that you wouldn't otherwise find with younger employees.

Politeness and People Skills

If one-on-one customer interactions are a large part of your business, then seniors will make the perfect fit.

Senior citizens have years of people skills, which include a level of politeness and good manners that you simply won't find in younger employees.

Seniors know how to hold a conversation, how to pick up on social cues, and how to make others feel comfortable. All of this is beneficial to the customer service aspect of your business.

If you're in the process of hiring new employees, then it's time to consider recruiting senior citizens.

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About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including job recruiting and senior living.

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