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Senior-Friendly Workplaces in Newark

Times are changing for you as you enter your “Golden Years.” As you age, you find that life brings a great deal of change even to your job. A 2015 study conducted by AARP found seniors need more time to find a job than younger individuals, earn less than in previous jobs, and also work less. There are some senior-friendly workplaces, but they may take longer to find and require you to update or learn some new skills. Here are some resources in Newark to help you find these senior-friendly jobs.

Senior Resources to Find a Job

New Jersey Career Connections offers job searches, career videos, career research, job fairs, training programs, and more. Career Connections provides numerous online training resources along with local Career Connections Sites to help you find a job. This program offers assistance for job seekers including career counseling, resume building, training and education, job matching, job search assistance, follow-up training, and more.  There are also specialized services for those over 55.  Contact your local office for more information.

The AARP Foundation offers helpful online resources to assist older adults with job searching. These educational materials include information such as how to search for jobs, using the Internet to apply, creating a resume, applying for jobs, prepping for an interview, and accepting a job.

The Newark Public Library also offers help with job hunting including resume assistance, job searching, and information on careers.  You can also search databases for employment and research companies.

Another online job resource is SeniorJobBank.org, which posts jobs specifically for individuals over 50.  Established in 1975, SeniorJobBank offers a various range of postings whether you want part-time or full-time work.  The average age of users of this site is 57.  The site also provides information to help you find high demand jobs in your area.

Learn New Skills and Earn Money

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) offers training to low-income seniors while they earn a modest income.  This program matches participants with 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 receives a personalized career assessment, which includes any needed training and tutoring. Participants will then transition to jobs outside of the SCSEP program after at least six months to two years of training.  This program can help participants find jobs like customer service representative, classroom aide, computer technician, building maintenance worker, and more.

In New Jersey, the Experience Works administers the SCSEP program.  To learn more about this program or to see if you are eligible, contact the New Jersey State Office.

More Help Available

For veterans and spouses of veterans, New Jersey’s Veterans Services provides free job workshops, career guidance, resume help, job search assistance, 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 start your own venture and run a company your way. The U.S. Small Business Administration New Jersey District Office provides various resources to start your own business including how to get funding and where to start with your business plan.

There are several resources both online and in Newark to help you find the right job for your Golden Years.

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