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Contribution to Book



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541 p.; 26 cm

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Oxford University Press

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The Oxford Handbook of Recruitment

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doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199756094.013.0007


This chapter examines literature pertaining to the recruitment of older workers. It begins by addressing the question of relevance and why older worker recruitment matters. It then examines what is known about older workers, including their attitudes, motivations, and behaviors. Next the chapter addresses what employers are looking for in older workers and, more specifically, discusses the continuum of employers’ practices from those that aggressively try to attract and retain older workers and apply a conservation model of older worker management to those that apply a depreciation model and focus primarily on retrenchment and downsizing older employees. Finally, it addresses how employers can recruit older workers through changes in organizational policies and practices.


Published version. "Recruiting Older Workers: Realities and Needs of the Future Workforce," in The Oxford Handbook of Recruitment. Eds. Daniel M. Cable and Kang Yang Trevor Yu. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press 2013: 88-109. DOI. © 2013 Oxford University Press. Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press.