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Never Underestimate the “Gray Haired” Engineer

By Carol A. Metzner President, The Metzner Group, LLC, and Managing Partner,

It has always amazed me that consulting firms “appear” hesitant to hire engineers with 40+ years of experience when these can be the best employees to join the team. They have survived market downturns; they understand commitment to a project, they know how to navigate a difficult client and they play nicely in the sandbox with others.
Here are some thoughts to review next time an experienced candidate’s resume graces your desk:

1. Studies prove that older employees show a loyalty to employers that exceeds that of
their younger counterparts
2. Older staff are excellent mentors; they have usually seen it all (at least once!).
3. Experienced staff tend to be more patient when dealing in adversarial situations;
4. Multiple reports show that total sick days per year of older staff is lower than that of
other age groups.
5. Older employees bring a palm pilot full of contacts of other potential employees!

Don’t be quick to scan for the graduation date on a resume. You could be missing your next “Employee of the Month!”

March 10, 2008 at 6:22 pm 3 comments

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