More companies turning to older workers

Some employers disappointed with Millennial workers

(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Job seekers over the age of 50 may have new reason for optimism. 22News spoke with employers and potential new employees at a job fair held by CareerPoint in Holyoke Thursday, which was designed specifically for those over 50.

Older workers are in demand because of their work ethic. At least one western Massachusetts manufacturer expressed disappointment with the attitudes among some of the Millennial applicants.

“Just the common courtesies: following basic rules like a positive attitude, the difference of seeing a job as a career, it’s almost like an entitlement,” Megan Anzalotti of U.S. Tsubaki said.

The fact that some companies value an older person’s work ethic impressed experienced job-seekers at the fair.

“I feel that was one of the things that interested me about this particular job fair- someone finally realized they need those resources older and experienced workers,” 60 year-old Don Perry of Montague said.

“I do bring a lot of quality, loyalty, and I try to do my best. I give 100 percent in everything I do,” 59 year-old Dale Keitz of Holyoke said.

The companies offering jobs to the older workers range from the U.S. Postal Service to Baystate Health and Big Y Supermarkets.

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