Over 55? These 17 Places Are Jumping to Hire You

Companies are looking for the expertise that older workers bring to the office.

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Updated May 28, 2024
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It can be frustrating looking for a new job when you’re over 55 years old.

Maybe you were laid off or decided to retire early and now you don’t know what to do next.

However, some companies have taken the AARP Employer Pledge to hire older workers and are looking to hire older workers. Check out these employers to see if any of them may be a good fit for you.

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H&R Block

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Retirees who want to take on occasional or seasonal work can use their experience in accounting or finance to work at H&R; Block.

The tax preparation service employs workers over the age of 55 years old around tax season to help customers prepare and file tax returns.

Kelly Services

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Another flexible option may be Kelly Services, which matches workers with potential employers.

The company will work to find placements for older employees within its network of clients that cover a variety of fields.

Carhartt

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Carhartt is an apparel company that has taken the AARP Employer Pledge to bring on older workers.

You can find different types of jobs within the apparel maker including Carhartt company stores located across the country.

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Apple

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Your previous experience working with technology could be a great asset if you want to get a job at Apple.

The company may have corporate positions available or you can use your expertise working behind the Genius Bar at one of the company’s retail locations.

AMC Theatres

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Movie buffs may want to check out a job at AMC Theatres working in a variety of positions at your local movie house.

Employees get special perks like free movie tickets and discounts on food so you can enjoy your favorite movies when you’re not working.

Ace Hardware

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Put your handy skills to use and work at Ace Hardware.

The retailer has plenty of stores across the country for older workers to help customers find exactly what they need without the big-box feel of some other home improvement stores.

T.J. Maxx

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T.J. Maxx can be a great option if you want to work retail and have a knack for helping customers find some great bargains.

If you’re interested in interior design, the TJX company includes HomeGoods, HomeSense, and Marshalls.

DoorDash

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DoorDash is looking for drivers who can help deliver food from its participating restaurants to customers who want something local.

You have some flexibility to set your own hours or choose which areas you want to work in if you decide to drive for DoorDash.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

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Keep up your people skills by working in a real estate office for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

The real estate company may need in-office help or you can take advantage of previous real estate experience to work in the field.

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LinkedIn

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Are you a good networker? Use your skills at LinkedIn and help others find a new job or career. The networking service allows employers, employees, and colleagues to connect, share ideas, and find jobs.

REI

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Retailer REI sells plenty of outdoor gear, giving you a great option to explore the outdoors while working for the company.

Beyond retail or corporate jobs, REI employs guides and program supporters for the experiences it offers. If you want to spend some of your time hiking, camping, or continuing to stay active as you get older, this could be a great job for you.

US Bank

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Use your financial background to get a job at US Bank. You can work in a local branch and help customers with the tools they need to get loans, save money, or do typical bank transactions.


Waffle House

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Breakfast is one of the best meals of the day, so when you work for Waffle House, you can enjoy waffles, eggs, and more.

The restaurant has almost 2,000 locations, mainly in the South, so if you live close to one, you have plenty of options.

PayPal

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You may be familiar with PayPal if you have to pay someone or need to collect cash, but it can also be a great place to work.

PayPal, which is based in California, is one of the many tech companies that has signed the AARP Employer Pledge.

Hilton

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You may want to check out Hilton and check into a new job. The hotel chain has plenty of options for potential employees including working at its headquarters in McLean, Virginia.

Kimberly-Clark

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Consumer goods manufacturer Kimberly-Clark has signed on to the AARP Employer Pledge to hire older workers.

The company’s brands include Cottonelle, Huggies, Kleenex, and more.

KPMG

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Use your accounting experience working for KPMG. You can work on audits, taxes, and other financial issues for the company’s clients or find other positions within the organization that suit your work experience.

Bottom line

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If you want to pursue a new job or career and you’re over 55 years old, you have many employers to choose from. And if a full-time job isn’t your goal, you may be able to find a side hustle at one of these companies.

Before you start the job hunt, consider how many hours you need to work, the amount you want to earn for the position, and how the job fits in with your future goals such as retiring early or working longer.

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