April 30, 2018 – Boston Herald (MA)
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Program helps those over 45 jump back into the job market
A booming economy that has benefited businesses and the unemployment rate for many isn’t working for everyone. Instead of matching the pace of declining rates, workers over 45 in Massachusetts now have higher unemployment rates than their age 25-44 counterparts.
For those over 45 entering or re-entering the workforce after an absence, “There are myths that exist that don’t seem to go away,” said Joan Cirillo, CEO of Operation A.B.L.E., a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to providing training and employment services to older job-seekers. “They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, that older workers aren’t tech-savvy, that they lack stamina.”
Not true, she said.
Cirillo, who’s been at the helm of Operation A.B.L.E. (Ability Based on Long Experience) since 2000, said that to the contrary, there are many advantages to hiring older workers.
“You get a candidate with 20 or more years of work,” she added, “a seasoned worker doesn’t get as rattled, they understand how to treat internal and external customers, they know how to get things done.”