Life is full of changes as you age ranging from your appearance to your work life. A 2015 AARP study stated older adults over 55 take more time to find a job than younger adults, work fewer hours, and make less money than they previously did. Seniors can find rewarding careers, but it may take you more time, skills, and resources. Here are some resources in the Laredo area to help you with your search for a rewarding job.
The AARP Foundation specializes in senior assistance and also assists older adults with their job search with resources, training, and job search capabilities. The AARP Foundation offers various educational materials and sources for job seekers including how to search for a job, planning your job search, using social media, applying for jobs, preparing for an interview, and accepting a job.
The Texas Workforce Commission offers job listings specifically for the state of Texas and allows you to search jobs, find local training, and explore career resources. There is a Veterans section for jobs. You can also search for jobs on the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Service’s website.
If you need a computer or assistance with printing your resume, visit the Laredo Public Library to use their computer lab.
The Texas Workforce Commission’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides training for low-income unemployed Texans. This program will pay a minimum of the federal wage while participants work around 20 hours in various non-profits, local schools, government agencies, museums, senior centers, and other public organizations to improve and learn new skills.
With this program, participants receive a career assessment, a job-training plan, and any necessary tutoring. Job seekers will ultimately land positions outside of the SCSEP program after a year or two of training. Some of these jobs include childcare provider, classroom aide, retail service, shipping associate, and customer service.
In Webb County, AARP manages the SCSEP program at the Corpus Christi office. For more information, call 361.879.0076.
Veterans are eligible for priority help with their job search with TWC Workforce. Veterans can also use their military service and experience and apply those skills to find matching jobs.
You may be eligible to earn market pay for caring for a family member. Programs such as Texas Medicaid’s Cash and Counseling, the VA Aid & Attendance Pension, and long-term care insurance policies pay family members for caregiving just as they would for any health aide.
You can also be your own boss and start your own business whether it’s a small or large venture. Check out the Small Business Administration San Antonio office for various resources on how to get started as well as tips on owning your own business.
There are so many resources and support systems to help you find the perfect workplace that matches your skills and interests in Laredo.
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