Best Employer 2013Looking for a job and over 50? If you’re right here in Maryland, you may want to run (not walk) to apply at National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD.

NIH is being honored by AARP and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as the number one employer in America in a new 2013 list of Best Employers for Workers Over 50.

One of the world’s premier medical research institutions, NIH joins a diverse group of health systems, corporations, government agencies, and non-profits on the list.  “AARP improves opportunities for older workers by spotlighting employers that have implemented programs that help retain, retrain, engage and recruit mature workers,” said Jen Holz, Associate Director for Outreach for AARP Maryland.

“NIH knows that recruiting and retaining 50-plus workers is smart business.  In fact, the NIH has a website listing current employment opportunities exclusively for retired federal employees, showing an amazing commitment to older worker experience.”

What’s so great about NIH? Watch the video below:

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Scripps Health of Southern California, which headed the list in 2011, is runner-up this year.

Any U.S.-based employer with at least 50 employees is eligible to apply for the Best Employers award. Candidates are vetted to ensure that practices meet the needs of mature workers. Key areas of consideration include: recruiting practices; opportunities for training, education and career development; workplace accommodations; alternative work options, such as flexible scheduling, job sharing and phased retirement; employee health and retirement benefits, and retiree work opportunities.

The top Best Employers this year will be profiled in the August-September issue of AARP The Magazine. Accompanying that salute will be a feature article that explores the strengths of older workers. For a full list and for more information on the 2013 Best Employers, please go to www.aarp.org/bestemployers, which includes background on employers’ workforce practices and a description of the selection process. For more information on AARP’s resources for older workers, visit www.aarp.org/workresources.

What do you think about NIH being chosen as number one? What do you consider most important when selecting what employer to apply to work for? Tell us in the comments.

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