As a senior worker, you might feel pressure to leave your job as younger employees start to flood the workforce, or perhaps you’ve already been let go and are wondering what you’re supposed to do next. AARP conducted a study in 2015 that shows workers that are 55 years and older often struggle to find new jobs as well as get as many hours and wages than at previous jobs. It isn’t all doom and gloom though because Los Angeles has some great services for their seniors so you can get the training, support, and networking you need to get back into the workplace.
While many people turn to the internet when looking for a new job, you might not be as familiar with this source if you haven’t had to look for a job in a long time. Luckily, there are a few resources here in Los Angeles that can connect you to people who will help you learn new skills and find a new job.
The city of LA has partnered with JobsLA to help 50+ workers find new jobs as well as training. You can go to their online site and search for open jobs or if you would rather work one-on-one you can go to one of their 17 WorkSource Centers. Here you can get personal assistance with looking for a job or finding a new career. JobsLA will also connect you with area job fairs where you can network with businesses in the area.
LA County America’s Job Center of California is another good resource for job openings and services like resume consultation and career counseling. You can also get training services like an apprenticeship or help with a transitional job and personalized services like interviewing skills.
If you’re in a low-income situation and are in need of a job or job training, there are programs you can use. The Department of Aging in the City of Los Angeles offers a Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) which is designed specifically to help seniors 55 and over get job training as well as job placement.
As long as you meet the age and income requirements, you’re eligible to enroll in this federally-funded program. How it works is that you will be placed into a subsidized job that is based on your job goals or skills. In that job, you will receive on-the-job training as well as earn minimum wage.
You can be placed into jobs like a sales representative, teacher assistant, or customer service representative. Once you have finished your training, you will get help with placement in a new job related to that field. Not only do you get training and a paycheck through this program, but you also help your community.
AARP is a great resource for seniors looking to re-enter the workforce or start a new career. You can read articles, take quizzes to find your strongest skill set, and connect with employers and network. You can find help online or at one of their offices around the country.
You can also turn to your area Senior Community Center to find help with your job search as well as public access to computers and the internet. Veterans can look to the LA Department of Public Services for a list of resources specifically geared to those who have served as well as check with their local VA office.
You don’t have to go through your job search alone when Los Angeles has provided some great resources to aid your process. With the right amount of support and networking, you should be able to find a job fairly soon.
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