Hiring Practices & Hiring Policies

How to understand employers hiring practices & hiring policies

Guess who’s getting hired these days?

Now, no one needs to tell you how rough it’s been in the job market the past few years.  You already know that.  We all know that.  If you’re not unemployed yourself, count yourself lucky but chances are you know someone or several some ones who are.  So who is getting a job?

We all have heard about the jobs being created and are painfully aware of those that are not.  So in the midst of this recession, who do you think is getting hired?  Here’s a hint:  if you’re 55 or older you’re going to love this.  You guessed it!  It’s the 55 and older crowd, the Baby Boomers!

The Employee Benefit Research Institute released its report recently stating that increasing unemployment, current hiring practices and hiring policies has not kept the older worker out of the job market. In fact, the participation rate for professionals 55 years and older actually increased during much of this recession, until recently when it leveled off. Increased participation for older workers is seen for both men and women. As you might expect, work force participation for other age groups — especially youths — have lost ground since the beginning of the recession.

Despite the recent slump, the increase of the Baby Boomers in the job market is more than likely a long-term reality and a result of modified hiring practices and hiring policies. This same group represented only 29% of the workforce in 1993.  It reached a high of over 40% in 2009 and that’s the highest it had been in over 37 years!  Although it leveled off at this point, it’s held at 40% into 2011.

That’s good news for Boomers but, as you might have guessed, it’s not a cake walk for the 55 and older crowd. There are challenges, some big ones, but that’s the topic for another blog.

What have been your experiences with current hiring practices and hiring policies – personally or with friends and family?

About Assessment Business Center
Dr. Tony Alessandra has a street-wise, college-smart perspective on business, having been raised in the housing projects of NYC to eventually realizing success as a graduate professor of marketing, entrepreneur, business author, and hall-of-fame keynote speaker. He earned a BBA from the Univ. of Notre Dame, an MBA from the Univ. of Connecticut and his PhD in marketing from Georgia State University. In addition to being president of Assessment Business Center, a company that offers online 360º assessments, Tony is also a founding partner in The Cyrano Group and Platinum Rule Group--companies which have successfully combined cutting-edge technology and proven psychology to give salespeople the ability to build and maintain positive relationships with hundreds of clients and prospects. Dr. Alessandra is a prolific author with 27 books translated into over 50 foreign language editions, including the newly revised, best selling The NEW Art of Managing People (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2008); Charisma (Warner Books, 1998); The Platinum Rule (Warner Books, 1996); Collaborative Selling (John Wiley & Sons, 1993); and Communicating at Work (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1993). He is featured in over 50 audio/video programs and films, including Relationship Strategies (American Media); The Dynamics of Effective Listening (Nightingale-Conant); and Non-Manipulative Selling (Walt Disney). He is also the originator of the internationally-recognized behavioral style assessment tool - The Platinum Rule®. Recognized by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as "one of America's most electrifying speakers," Dr. Alessandra was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame in 1985. In 2009, he was inducted as one of the “Legends of the Speaking Profession,” in 2010 and 2011 he was selected as one of the Top 5 Marketing Speakers by Speaking.com, and in 2010 Tony was elected into the inaugural class of the Sales Hall of Fame. Tony's polished style, powerful message, and proven ability as a consummate business strategist consistently earn rave reviews and loyal clients. Contact information for Dr. Tony Alessandra: • Dr. Tony’s Products: http://www.alessandra.com/products/index.asp • Keynote Speeches: Holli Catchpole: Phone: 1-760-603-8110 ● Email: Holli@SpeakersOffice.com • Corporate Training: Scott Zimmerman: Phone: 1-330-848-0444 x2 ● Email: Scott@PlatinumRuleGroup.com • Cyrano CRM System: Scott Zimmerman: Phone: 1-330-848-0444 x2 ● Email: Scott@PlatinumRuleGroup.com

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