We can become complacent after spending many years in the same job. Important job-searching skills get rusty from disuse, and there is the belief that after many years, your job will always be there.
Unfortunately, for many people, the day comes when they are laid-off, or the company they work for goes out of business. This can be a particularly bad situation for the mature worker.
Older workers aren’t the ideal candidates for many companies. Usually, a job opening is intended for entry-level workers who can be trained in the organizational culture. Jobs for more experienced workers are frequently filled by long-term employees and staff who have been moved laterally into the position.
In 2015, AARP conducted a study that confirmed the difficulties facing senior job-seekers. The mature-unemployed will be out of work longer than younger individuals and will earn less in a new job than they did previously.
Read on to find out what you can do to mitigate the problems facing older job-seekers.
You’re reading this article on the internet right now, so use the internet to start your job-search efforts.
Workforce 50 is a good resource for all thing senior job-search related. You can learn important strategies and tactics for finding a new job reading the collection of articles there, and search a large directory of jobs just for seniors.
The Senior Job Bank is another great resource for jobs reserved for seniors. The Senior Job Bank actively solicits listings from companies that want to hire older workers. The Senior Job Bank also maintains a collection of informative materials and links to other internet based resources that you’ll find useful.
Retired Brains is another senior job directory that lists temporary, seasonal and part-time jobs besides full-time positions.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a subsidized, job training program that places low-income and unemployed seniors in a variety of industries to learn marketable skills. The goal of the program is to get participants into unsubsidized employment within two years.
Program participants could be placed with non-profit groups, government agencies, local schools, and private business to learn valuable skills. You can learn skills such as customer service, childcare, clerical work and retail service.
If you’ve been out of work for a considerable period, think about volunteering as a way to pick up new skills, demonstrate your value to employers, and to show potential employers that you’re currently a valuable contributor in another organization.
Self-employment is a great way to go for the entrepreneurially minded. If you have a marketable skill like accounting, insurance broker or mediator, you can offer your services publicly. While it can be difficult at first, self-employment can also be exhilarating.
Now that you’re familiar with a few of the options available to you as a mature job-seeker, start working on that resume, gather information, and find the new job you want.
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