Employers Woo Older Workers Low Unemployment Puts Seniors in Demand at DuPage Job Fair

By Culloton, Dan | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), March 25, 1998 | Go to article overview

Employers Woo Older Workers Low Unemployment Puts Seniors in Demand at DuPage Job Fair


Culloton, Dan, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Dan Culloton Daily Herald Staff Writer

They were turning them away at the sixth annual DuPage County Older Worker Job Fair Tuesday.

Not the workers. The employers.

For the first time in its history, the employment forum struggled with too many companies wanting to participate.

"This is the first year we sold out with employers," said Connie Kobitter, special events manager for the Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging.

The increased competition for the 45 booths at the fair hosted at the DuPage County complex shows employers are taking a closer look at older workers, Kobitter said.

Low unemployment has created a labor shortage, and seniors who have retired, been laid off or decided to shift careers can take up the slack, she said.

More businesses also are relying on part-time positions to cut costs. Seniors make ideal candidates for these positions because many do not want full-time work.

"I think basically (employers) realize that they'll do jobs that the younger ones won't and they're more apt to stay longer than the younger ones," said Jacquelyn Voss, a 60-year-old part-time job-seeker and Glen Ellyn resident. …

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