Things are looking great on the career front for 2008, especially for older workers. Recruiters and employers are reporting record hiring demand, which could give you great leverage over the next year.
Tim Cork, president of career transition company NexCareer Inc., says there are more baby boomers contemplating retirement this year than there are young people coming in to replace them. This will make employers anxious to provide incentives to keep experienced employees. The numbers bear him out. A survey by CareerBuilder.ca finds that 23 per cent of employers say they’re likely to provide incentives for workers at or approaching retirement age to stay on longer, and 22 per cent say they are likely to hire on people who have retired from other companies.
With so many companies anxious to keep people with needed skills, this is a great time to negotiate partial retirement, flexible work hours, telecommuting or consulting on contract.