As a 50 plusser, there are two big, big challenges in the marketplace right now.
1) Employers are not jumping up and down seeking 50 plussers to fill vacant positions — even if they are vacant for a period of time
2) 50 Plussers are afraid to be pegged as older than 50 for fears of not getting a foot in the door.
Where Kelly Services is a champion is that they have, literally, hundreds and thousands of positions to fill every day and they are looking for you — the 50 plus worker. Some of the positions are temporary placements, some are temp to permanent, and some are permanent placement. From my personal experience (yes, I was a Kelly Girl back in the 80’s), there is a great opportunity to gain permanent placement by starting in a temporary position and catching the eye of your employer because of your great attitude and work ethic. Just to give you an idea, Kelly puts a new employee to work every 30 seconds and every three minutes, a Kelly employee is hired permanently by a customer. That is a solid track record.
So, if you are seeking work, please send your resume in through one of the Kelly Services listings posted on the Gen Plus site (www.genplususa.com/work.aspx). If your application goes into the wrong geographic location, the recruiter will forward it to the correct recruitment office. The role of a placement agency is to fill open positions, so in order to be seen, that means you must apply — for every open position you may qualify for. These recruiters are looking for you — every application you send in through Gen Plus is coded specifically so that you will not just drop into the pool of all other candidates.
I’m not seeing enough of you take advantage of this great opportunity, so if you are serious about finding employment, please make sure to submit your resume to the posted positions so that you can be flagged for a Kelly recruiter. (You will not get flagged as Gen Plus through Kelly’s direct website…you need to go through the Gen Plus job postings.)
I’d love to see this pilot program grow into something bigger so that you have access to job openings across the country, but you’ll need to do your part, too, and apply to posted positions.