Workers 55 and older are the fastest-​​growing part of the work­force, actively pur­sued and recruited by many com­pa­nies, espe­cially in cus­tomer ser­vice posi­tions. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy for seniors to land jobs.

Talk to job hunters over the tender age of 55 and their sto­ries of end­less door-​​knocking can leave you both enraged and sad­dened. On average, it takes an older worker twice as long as a younger coun­ter­part to land a job. Last year, the mean time that these baby boomers had to pound the pave­ment was 47 weeks.

We have never seen these dura­tions of unem­ploy­ment in our his­tory,” said Andrew Sum, the director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “These are really huge.”

But advo­cates for older workers like to point out the bright spots … and there are bright spots: Com­pa­nies both big and small are reaching out to the senior set and adapting to their needs. Many com­pa­nies shy away from pub­licly dis­cussing even the pos­i­tive attrib­utes of any given demo­graphic for fear they’ll be accused of reverse discrimination.

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