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Senior-Friendly Workplaces in Durham

Life brings a lot of changes, and you will find that being older may also affect your career search. A 2015 study conducted by AARP found seniors take more time to find a job than younger individuals, earn less than they did in previous jobs, and work fewer hours. There are jobs out there for seniors, but it may take longer to find the perfect fit. Here are some resources in Durham to help you find a senior-friendly job.

Job Resources in Durham

The AARP Foundation provides various resources to help older adults find employment. AARP Foundation offers online resources and educational materials to help job seekers with their job search, including where to find jobs, Internet job searching, using social media, applying for jobs, preparing for an interview, and accepting a job.

NCWorks Career Centers help you find work and strengthen your skills to find a job in North Carolina.  You can apply directly for jobs online or utilize services to help improve your search. They offer resources such as career assessment, information on job fairs and workshops, training and education, job market analysis, job search assistance, resume preparation, interview practice, and computer access.  All of these services are free.

SeniorJobBank.org helps adults over the age of 50 find jobs.  Established in 1975, SeniorJobBank offers various postings from part-time to executive careers.  The average age of visitors is 57.  The site also presents information to assist you with your search including which job categories are most popular with seniors.

Get Paid While You Learn

The North Carolina Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) offers low-income seniors programs to gain new skills and get paid by matching participants with local non-profit agencies, government agencies, schools, senior centers, and other organizations.  Participants work in a variety of community jobs about 20 hours per week for federal minimum wage.

Each participant will also receive a career assessment, plan for training, and any needed career counseling. The goal is to get participants jobs outside of the SCSEP program after one to two years of training into positions such as customer service representative, child care provider, classroom aide, shipping associate, and more.

In North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services manages and administers the SCSEP program.  To see if you qualify or for more details, contact your local Area Agency on Aging.

Additional Resources

For veterans and spouses of veterans, North Carolina Workforce Veterans Service provides assistance to veterans by offering career guidance, job search workshops, and job market information.

If you care for a family member, you may be eligible to receive market rate pay for your caregiving through programs such as Cash and Counseling, the VA Aid and Attendance Pensions, and some long-term care insurance policies.

Now maybe the time to start a new business and become your own boss.  For information on starting this venture big or small, visit Small Business Administration North Carolina District Office, which provides numerous resources on starting a new business.

There are several resources from training to job search assistance available to help you to find the right job in Durham.

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