It¹s no secret that older adults are at a disadvantage when looking for work. According to a recent US Government Displaced Worker Survey, job seekers aged 50 and above receive fewer offers and experience longer periods of unemployment in today’s market.
Led by a fifty-something executive who experienced this firsthand, the Over50JobBoard.com was created to connect employers and Baby Boomer-aged workers seeking gainful employment. The site already populated with employers and job seekers allows applicants to search for industry-specific jobs and connects them with employers that require a higher level of experience.
“Our culture may place a high value on youth and beauty, but experience and business acumen drive success in the business world.” said Over50JobBoard.com CEO Blake Nations. “Our site enables employers to sift through a cluttered applicant pool and hire based on wisdom and expertise.”
Over50JobBoard.com creates an open and honest environment where applicants aged 50 and above can present their work experience without fear of age discrimination. The site helps applicants avoid the muddle of larger job boards and instead connects applicants and employers directly and honestly. The site is free for both employers and applicants and will evolve to a freemium model as they grow.
Unsuccessful job searches prematurely drive Baby Boomers out of the workforce, imperiling their retirement and decreasing their chances for reemployment later in life.
According the US Government Displaced Worker Survey, job seekers who are aged 50 years or older are likely to be unemployed for 5.8 weeks longer than someone between the ages of 30 and 49, and 10.6 weeks longer than people between the ages of 20 and 29. The study also found that the odds of being re-employed decrease by 2.6 percent for each one-year increase in age.