Senior Citizens Rejoin Workforce

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Almost every business in town has a "now hiring" sign displayed. With the oil boom there's just not enough workers to go around. This is the perfect opportunity baby boomers to cash in.

The "now hiring" signs are seen throughout town, mostly for fields not related to the oilfield industry and that spells good news for the baby boomers generation who are looking to get back into the workforce.

Marilyn Hancock, Executive Director at the Able Center, tells NewsWest 9 senior citizens are hard workers.

"I think this is an excellent opportunity and they will be with you after when we go bust again or when it slows down again, they will still be with you. This is a great time to get back there and get your feet wet," Hancock said.

She said unlike some members of the millennial generation, who are more concerned with their electronic devices rather than their work performance, baby boomers have good work ethics and are dependable, that's a trait all employers look for.

"You don't have to worry that they are going to be texting or playing on the Internet, they are just very work focused and they are appreciative of having a job," Hancock said.

Hortencia Ybarra works at the Able Center, and as an elder herself, she's hoping employers will give senior citizens a second look when they apply for a job.

"The employers would give, I am not just talking about women I am talking about men too, give them a chance you know to prove themselves. I am sure that they will find that we are very useful," Ybarra said.

Ybarra says even though their age might sound old to some, they are still young at heart.

"To employers, they can hire people my age and people my age can work, we still have a lot of useful years," Ybarra said.