AARP and PAA host 8th annual job fair focusing on older workers

Twenty local companies that value the experience of older workers will participate in a job fair in Williamsburg on October 5.

The Peninsula Agency on Aging and AARP Virginia present the 8th Annual Job Fair in Williamsburg on Thursday, October 5 from 2 - 4:30 pm at the Historic Triangle Messmer Community Service Center, 312 Waller Mill Road.

A 2015 AARP study confirmed that workers 50 and older are a critical component of a high-performance business. Key findings of the study include:

• The number of Americans age 50+ who are working or looking for work has grown significantly over the past decade, and is expected to continue to increase. In fact, 35% of U.S. labor force participants will be age 50+ in 2022. This compares to just 25% in 2002.
• The 50+ segment of the workforce continues to be the most engaged age cohort across all generations. Sixty-five percent of employees age 55+ are considered engaged based on survey data.
• Other advantages of workers ages 50+ include their experience, professionalism, work ethic, lower turnover, and knowledge.
• Contrary to common perception, workers age 50+ do not cost significantly more than younger workers. Shifting trends in reward and benefit programs have created a more age-neutral distribution of labor costs, meaning that adding more age 50+ talent to a workforce results in only minimal increases in total labor costs. Furthermore, the incremental costs of 50+ workers may be far outweighed by the value that they add.
• Although current and future financial needs are a top reason that employees stay in the workforce past age 50, psychological and social fulfillment also play a role.
The October 5 job fair is free and open to the community. Candidates 40 years and older are encouraged to apply, but the focus is on workers age 50+. Companies will be looking to fill full-time and part-time positions. Attendees should bring resumes and dress professionally.
The following employers are participating:

• AAFES - Army and Air Force Exchange Service
• AARP Virginia (providing resources and tools for job-seekers)
• Brookdale Senior Living
• Comfort Keepers
• Eastern State Hospital
• Envoy
• Fleet Support Group - formerly AMSEC
• Gary Half Accountemps
• Headway Corporation
• James City County
• Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
• Joint Base Langley-Eustis NAF Employment
• Newport News Public Schools
• Peninsula Agency on Aging
• Riverside Health Systems
• TNCC
• VEC - Hampton office
• WATA
• WJCC Community Action Agency
• WJCC Schools

For more information call 757.345.6277 or email information2@paainc.org.
AARP offers job-search tips and other resources for older workers on its website at http://www.aarp.org/work/.

AARP has more than one million members in Virginia. Learn what AARP is doing in your community at www.aarp.org/va, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the nation's largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

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