More on oil industry recruiting

One reader’s comment on this morning’s story about recruiting in the energy industry:

As a recruiter I can tell you there are plenty of qualified people who are getting passed over due to age and by age that is fifty and over. The same thing is true in the accounting industry. There are plenty of qualified people out there, just not young people.

That may certainly be true (and very short-sighted of companies) but the Boyden-UH study indicates that the age issue is becoming less important. Companies are willing to take on consultants for a limited time, for example, from the ranks of the retired.
Bill French with also said that some companies are changing their perspective, willing to look at hiring a retiree who may only think they want to work for 2 or 3 years, but is likely to end up sticking around for 5 to 7 years. That’s enough time for a company to get a good return on any additional training they may need to provide.
“There are 56-year-old out there who are starting to realize they’re still wanted,” French said.