There was some good news in recent installments of our “What’s Working” year-long focus on finding workers for private-sector companies in low-unemployment New Hampshire.
Although, come to think of it, with the death of capitalism being the only solution to adverse climate changes (see related editorial), having more jobs in a free-market economy may not really be a good thing.
Nonetheless, New Hampshire’s reputation as a hot job market is now attracting more workers to the state. That’s a good thing, as is the fact that a record number of Granite Staters are employed. With much of the Northeast losing population, and with the remaining population being older, New Hampshire may be bucking a trend.
Which is why another story in the “What’s Working” series was puzzling. We reported that older Granite Staters, in applying for jobs, are often turned down as being “overqualified” for a particular position.
“Overqualified” may mean that a company believes such an applicant wouldn’t fit in well in a junior position. But the company might want to consider that if the applicant is willing to apply, perhaps the company should be willing to try him or her.
“Overqualified” can also be a code word for rejecting someone based on their age, not their experience.
Age-related health issues and the ability to keep up are certainly considerations for a company. But even with an uptick in in-migration, jobs here are going begging and seniors have a lot to offer.
Companies are in business to stay in business. New Hampshire’s older population can help them do that.