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Senior-Friendly Workplaces in Lincoln

Times are changing for you and your career. As you age, you find that life brings a great deal of change whether it is to your appearance or your career. 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 available for seniors, but they may take longer to find. Here are some resources in Lincoln to help you find the right job.

Job Resources for Older Adults

Nebraska Department of Labor offers job searches, career videos, career research, job fairs, training programs, and more. NEWorks provides numerous training resources along with local Assistance Centers to help you find a job. This program offers support for job seekers including career counseling, training and education, listing of high demand jobs, job matching, job search assistance, job market review, follow-up training, and more.  All of these services are free. Contact your local Career Center for more information.

The AARP Foundation provides various online resources to help older adults find jobs. The AARP Foundation offers educational materials and tips to help job seekers with information such as where and how to search for jobs, creating a resume, applying for jobs, preparing for an interview, and accepting a job.

If you need more assistance with the computer for your search, the City of Lincoln Library is a great resource for free training.

Another online resource is SeniorJobBank.org, which posts jobs for individuals over 50.  Established in 1975, SeniorJobBank offers a various range of postings from part-time to executive careers.  The average age of users of this site is 57. The site also provides information to aid you in your search including which job categories and positions are most popular to search for as a senior in your geographic location.

Earning and Learning That Doesn’t Cost You

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) offers low-income seniors a chance to acquire new skills while being paid.  This program matches participants with local non-profit agencies, government agencies, schools, senior centers, museums, and other organizations.  Participants will work in these settings about 20 hours a week.  This program pays at least the federal minimum wage for your state.

Each participant will also receive a career assessment, an individualized plan for training, and tutoring if needed. Participants will be able to find jobs outside of the SCSEP program after at least six months to two years of training.  After this program, participants can find employment such as a customer service representative, childcare provider, classroom aide, computer technician, building maintenance worker, and more.

In Nebraska, an organization known as Experience Works administers the SCSEP program.  For more information on this program, contact your local state office.

Additional Help

For veterans and spouses of veterans, Nebraska Veteran Services provides priority service to veterans by offering career guidance, resume help, job search assistance, job referrals, and job market information.

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

You can also follow your dream and start your own company. The U.S. Small Business Administration Nebraska District Office provides various resources to start your own business including how to get funding, starting and managing a business, and local assistance.

You can find several resources from job search assistance to learning new skills in Lincoln, so you can find a senior-friendly workplace.

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