AARP estimates that 80 percent of seniors are working past retirement age now. If this includes you, then you should know there are resources available to help you enhance your resume, find education and training, apply to job listings, and provide paid job training in Albuquerque.
If you are looking for a way to add income or find your dream job, 50+ Employee Connection can help. The program works through recruiting and referrals and provides its participants with training, resume development, interview skills, and employment counseling. You can network with other seniors in the Albuquerque area and work one-on-one with the staff. If you are unsure about computer programs, the program offers tutoring. The Albuquerque Job Club meets once a week and hosts classes and job fairs. To learn more and schedule an appointment, call toll-free 1-866-451-2901.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is for low-income New Mexico residents who are unemployed and have access to only poor job opportunities. The program is federally funded and provides education and on-the-job training at nonprofits, government offices, and public facilities. Participants are placed based on the results of an assessment to identify strengths, experience, skills, and interests.
Most of the paid training is done at schools, day care centers, hospitals, or senior centers for an average of 20 hours per week at minimum wage. The SCSEP’s goal is to help you move from subsidized work to gainful employment. To qualify, you must be age 55 or older and your income must not be more than 125 percent of the poverty level. You can call 1-866-451-2901 to learn more and see if you qualify.
New Mexico offers another program that is state funded. This New Mexico Senior Employment Program (SEP) works similarly to SCSEP, however it can “grant waivers of income, age, hours, salary, and training requirements.” The program works by supporting New Mexico’s seniors by moving them into subsidized positions with Aging Network organizations serving as the job hosts during training.
If you are considering starting a business in ABQ, the New Mexico Small Business Development Center can help you. The center provides help with business plans, financial counseling, tax advice, human resources questions, marketing, and online training. The local center is located at Central New Mexico Community College at 5600 Eagle Rock Avenue, NE in Albuquerque. To learn more, call (505)-224-5250.
If you are caring for a loved one that is Medicaid eligible, you could be paid by New Mexico’s Medicaid program. The Cash and Counseling program pays for family members to care for a Medicaid member at home. Veterans that served in the military during war time may be eligible for the VA Aid and Attendance benefit that will pay for in-home care by a family member. Consult with the local Medicaid office and the Veterans Administration to see if your loved one qualifies.
With the myriad of options available in Albuquerque for seniors and the wealth of resources at your fingertips, your dream job may only be a phone call away.
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