GUILDERLAND: Employers value age and experience

If you think the young and the restless are the ones employers are looking to hire these days, think again. On Thursday, Sept. 27, dozens of the area's best companies will be looking to attract the young at heart at the Albany Senior Adult and Volunteer and Employment Fair at the Italian American Community Center on Washington Avenue Extension in Albany.

The event, which is put on every year by the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce, typically attracts more than 3,000 interested members of the 55-and-older community and prominent companies like CDPHP, Bank Of America-Libris Group, Hannaford, Target and the YMCA.

Seniors have a good work ethic; they have wonderful work experience and availability, and many companies want them for part-time positions, said Cyndy Myers, member services coordinator for the Chamber.

Myers has been running the job fair for years, and said that hundreds of seniors come with resumes in hand, ready to go to work.

"One thing that employers like is somebody who's been around for a while, somebody that can roll with the punches, and they consider them to still be a viable part of the workforce," she said.

One of these companies is the Bank of America -Libris Group in Menands, a tax-processing center that regularly employs 80 to 100 senior employees at its location.

"We like seniors because they have a strong work ethic instilled in them and are a good reliable work force," said Carolyn Morris, a temporary employment coordinator in the group's human resources department.

Morris said most of the seniors continue to come back to the processing center every year because the work required of them is easy and low stress, consisting of opening envelopes, sorting out tax forms and data entry, appropriate for people with physical constraints and disabilities. Morris also believes the job gives some seniors social opportunities they don't get by staying home.

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