Today’s soft job market has had a particularly negative impact on senior workers, those 50 years of age and older. Often considered to be unemployable, senior workers are sometimes skipped over in the interview and hiring process in favor of younger applicants.
Older workers will be encouraged by a niche job market that values the skill sets that “seasoned” applicants offer. Talents such as leadership, organization, problem-solving, patience, communication skills, and efficiency are appreciated and valued by companies that offer work-at-home or virtual positions. Some positions where these talents can be utilized would be as customer service or call center agents, telemarketing and sales, fundraising and telephonic research, tech support, order taking, insurance enrollment, and the like.
There are a host of companies that hire virtual agents for various positions, including LiveOps, Alorica at Home, Arise Virtual Solutions, Convergys, Sykes, Teletech, U-Haul, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and may offer excellent opportunities for older workers. Please note that many companies may require you to have certain equipment, such as a landline phone line, a computer, a headset and telephone or dial pad, and have a noise-free location in your home from which to work.