May  2004

From the Editor
The Issue At Hand

                                    Some Hiring Advice 

My dad is 57 years old. He has a Ph.D. in Physics and a Master’s degree in math. He is one of the most brilliant people I know, and the nice thing about him is that he doesn’t tell everyone he is brilliant. You can just tell.
We moved around a lot when I was growing up. My dad worked for the government until I was 12, and then he became a college professor. My parents are looking to move again (my mother’s occupation as a minister is the reason for the relocations in the later years), so my dad is looking to find a position in a place where she can pastor a church.

When it comes to hiring, it floors me that my dad seems to have a more difficult time getting a job now that he is older. While most companies shouldn’t discriminate because of age, I feel they do. Of course, they don’t come out and say, “We aren’t hiring someone who is over 45,” but my dad just isn’t getting the offers that he might if he were 45 or under. 

Most people used to stay with companies for their entire career, but now, most people change jobs three to four times throughout their careers. I know my dad has a lot to offer a university or a company. If he retires when most people do, he has ten good years to offer.

I talked with a president of a small company and asked why he thought my dad was having a hard time finding a job, and he gave me two reasons. One reason is that we are in a technological age, and many older people are perceived as not being as savvy about using computers and new technology. Another reason is the cost of health benefits. He said his company would pay $175 a month for benefits for a 32 year-old male, compared to $625 a month for a 55 year-old male.

I can understand the concerns but not necessarily agree with them. To use a cliché, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” If you are hiring for a position at your company, remember to interview all applicants with an open mind. What you perceive as the unlikely candidate might surprise you and be the best one for the job.

Now that I’ve given you some hiring advice, let me tell you a little about this issue of SHELTER. This is our Annual Guide to Moulding & Millwork Companies. If you are looking for some new products to sell, check out the guide on page 46 and give some of the companies a call or check out their websites. You can also find new product lines for your company by browsing the WMMPA special section beginning on page 21. 
Enjoy this issue, and as always, if you have some editorial suggestions, please feel free to contact me.

Samantha Carpenter, editor


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