Senior-Friendly Workplaces in Dallas

Change is inevitable as we age; we hear that all the time about our bodies, health, and appearance. Change happens in our working lives, too, whether by choice or not. A 2015 study by AARP found that jobless people age 55 and older often take longer than younger people to find new jobs, earn less at the new job than at previous jobs, and work fewer hours. Seniors can find rewarding work, but it takes time, skills, and a strong support network. If you’re looking for work or hoping to change jobs, get to know these Dallas-area resources that can help you find senior-friendly workplaces.

Resources for job-seekers age 50 and beyond

The Senior Source has been helping older Dallasites since 1961. The organization’s longstanding ties to the community add value to its employment services for people over 50. The Senior Source provides “one-on-one career counseling, training and networking services” for senior jobseekers. The group also works with local employers to promote the business case for hiring mature employees.

Program participants have access to Senior Source online job listings and in-person seminars to write better resumes and cover letters, perform well in job interviews, stand out on social media, and make the most of their job-hunting time and effort. Senior Source hosts a support group for older women looking for work and computer-skills training classes for jobseekers who want to update their skills.

As part of its volunteer programming, the Senior Source offers a stipend to low-income seniors who train and volunteer as Senior Companions for older homebound Dallas residents who need assistance and company on a regular basis.

Paid job training for low-income seniors

The Texas Workforce Commission’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) offers low-income unemployed Texans about 20 hours per week of paid on-the-job training. Program participants are placed with non-profit groups, state and federal agencies, and local schools, senior centers, museums and other public organizations to learn new skills.

Each participant gets a career assessment, a job-training roadmap, tutoring if needed, and more. The goal is to launch jobseekers into a job outside SCSEP after a year or 2 of training in positions like (but not limited to) classroom aide, child care provider, customer service, retail service, and shipping.

In Dallas County, SCSEP is administered by AARP at its locations on West Mockingbird Lane and on LBJ Freeway. Contact one of the offices directly if you’re interested in the program.

Other options for senior jobseekers

Unemployed veterans can get priority help with their job search at the TWC’s Dallas-area Workforce Solutions offices. TWC also offers tools to help vets translate their military service and experience into the skills employers seek.

Seniors who care for a family member may be able to earn the market rate for caregiving. Texas Medicaid’s Cash and Counseling program, the VA Aid & Attendance Pension, and some long-term care insurance policies allow seniors who need care to pay family members for their help.

Being your own boss is an option, too. The Small Business Administration Dallas/Fort Worth District office has a wealth of resources for people who want to run their own business, from small home-based operations to multimillion-dollar government contractors.

With all these options for training, networking, and support, it might be easier than you think to find a workplace in Dallas that welcomes your experience and skills.

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