Are you looking for a way to earn more income, but not sure where to start in Charleston? The city offers senior-friendly programs to assist their older residents in finding new jobs or starting new careers during retirement. With these programs, you can learn new skills and participate in on-the-job training, as well as create a resume and prepare for an interview.
Workforce50 is an online database of job listings that are updated daily. If you are planning to move, you can search for listings by state or simply search for open positions in Charleston. Workforce50 currently lists hundreds of job postings in Charleston and the surrounding towns. You can find jobs ranging from booksellers to clerks to data entry and more.
The site also houses a library of articles and other content on topics affecting seniors pursuing work such as writing resumes, personal finances, grown children moving home, signing up for Social Security at age 62, and more.
SC Works Online Services is another resource you can use to find a job, create a resume, and locate career and educational opportunities. The site also links to important state and local workforce resources such as the SC Department of Employment and Workforce, SC Works, and additional community resources.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides low-income seniors age 55 and older with paid on-the-job training and classes to prepare them for a new job or career. Participants work 20 hours per week and are paid either the federal minimum wage or the state minimum wage, depending on which is the higher rate.
In Charleston, Experience Works holds the SCSEP training and participants work with companies and agencies contracted with SCSEP. You can learn more about the program by calling (803)252-1240 or visiting the State Office at 1400 Laurel Street, Suite 4, Columbia, SC 26201.
South Carolina older adults caring for aging veterans (or veterans’ spouses) are eligible for payment through the VA Aid and Attendance benefit. Your loved one will need to contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for eligibility requirements.
Family caregivers can also receive payment as well as other services through the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging Family Caregiver Support Program. This program is for unpaid family caregivers for frail or disabled adults age 60 and older or for unpaid family caregivers for an Alzheimer’s disease patient or another form of dementia. Call 1-800-868-9095 to learn more.
If you are interested in starting your own small business, the State of South Carolina website provides residents with a wealth of information from starting a business to licenses, permits, and registration to taxes and insurance. It also contains links to the U.S. Small Business Administration of South Carolina and the Office of Small and Minority Business Assistance.
Charleston provides residents with plenty of resources to get you back into the workforce and making supplemental income.
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