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Older Workers Viewed As Dependable But Inflexible, Says Study

March 14, 1995

NEW YORK (AP) _ Personnel executives value workers age 50 or older for their skills and work ethic, but don’t think they can adapt to new technology, says a study released Tuesday by the American Association of Retired Persons.

The executives also said younger managers sometimes feel uncomfortable bossing older workers.

The study advised older job seekers to demonstrate flexibility and learn new skills.

Other suggestions: cut down on resumes and let a selective work history show what you know; if you’re moving to a new field, be willing to think of yourself as an entry-level applicant.

The findings were based on telephone interviews last December of executives of a random national sample of 400 companies with 50 or more employees.

The survey had an estimated sampling error of 4 percentage points.

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