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Senior-Friendly Workplaces in Jersey City

As you get older, you find that life brings change including a change in how you search for employment. A 2015 study conducted by AARP found adults over 55 require more time to find a job than younger individuals, earn less than in previous jobs, and also work fewer hours. There are senior-friendly jobs available, but these jobs may take longer to find and require you to learn some skills. Here are some resources online and in Jersey City to help you find the perfect job for your “Golden Years.”

Job Resources for Seniors

New Jersey Career Connections provides videos to highlight various careers, job fairs, training programs, job searches, and more. Career Connections provides numerous online training resources along with local offices to aid your job search. There are also specialized services for those over 55.  Contact your local office for more information.

The AARP Foundation provides online education to assist older adults with their job hunt. These resources include how to search for jobs, using the Internet to apply, creating a strong resume, applying for jobs, practicing for an interview, and taking a job offer.

The Jersey City Public Library offers a virtual Career Center to help you search for jobs and find the right career for you based on your interests.

Another online job search for seniors is SeniorJobBank.org. Established in 1975, SeniorJobBank offers a various range of postings especially for those over 50. You can find a wide variety of work whether you want part-time or full-time. The average age of users of this site is 57.  The site also offers information to help you find high demand jobs in your area.

Learn New Skills While You Earn Money

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides training to low-income seniors. During this program, participants will earn a modest income. This program helps participants find training opportunities at local non-profit agencies, government agencies, schools, senior centers, museums, and other organizations.  Participants will work in these community settings about 20 hours a week.  

Each participant will receive a personalized career assessment, which includes outline training needed. Participants will then find jobs outside of the SCSEP program after at least six months to two years of training.  This program can help participants find positions like customer service representative, classroom aide, computer technician, building maintenance worker, and more.

In New Jersey, the Experience Works runs the SCSEP program.  For more details about this program or to check your eligibility, contact the New Jersey State Office.

Additional Help

For veterans and spouses of veterans, New Jersey’s Veterans Services provides job search assistance through free workshops, career guidance, resume help, and market evaluations.

If you are a primary caregiver for a family member, you may be eligible to get paid the average market rate for your area through programs such as Cash and Counseling, long-term care insurance policies, and the VA Aid & Attendance Pensions.

Start your own business and do things your way. The U.S. Small Business Administration New Jersey District Office provides various resources to help you get started.

There are numerous resources and training opportunities both online and in Jersey City to assist you in finding the right job for your senior years.

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