Nothing gets easier with advancing age. Our bodies slow down, we don’t think as quickly as we used to, and we have a harder time starting over. Nowhere in life is this truer than when a mature worker becomes unemployed.
Many mature job-seekers have spent decades working in the same location at the same task. For a senior, having to begin a job search after years of job security with one employer can be overwhelming.
How senior job-seekers are seen by potential employers can also be disheartening. According to a survey conducted by AARP in 2015, mature workers who are unemployed will spend longer out of work than younger people looking for work. When a mature worker does find work, it will usually pay less than the last position where they worked. Even worse, the over 55 unemployed person will work fewer hours on average when they do get new employment.
As dire as this sounds, there are many resources for Oakland seniors to help them get back on their feet and into a satisfying job. Keep reading to learn a few of the options available to you.
The internet has put a world of information at our fingertips, start your job search online to get a good idea of who is hiring near you. Workforce 50 is a comprehensive directory of jobs at companies that are specifically looking for mature, experienced workers. At Workforce 50 you can learn about important job-search related topics on the frequently updated blog and read pages of informative guides in their digital library.
The Senior Job Bank is a meeting place for job-searchers over the age of 50 and companies that want to hire them. Use the convenient search engine to narrow your search down to the ideal jobs for your experience and abilities.
There is a community service, and work-based job training program for older Americans called The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Through this program, Oakland residents over 50 can be placed in paid training positions for up to 20 hours per week.
In addition to on-the-job training, program participants will be provided with career guidance, free tutoring, and a career track plan. The goal of the SCSEP is to get participants into unsubsidized, gainful employment within two years.
If you need to care for a family member who has long-term care insurance, you may be able to get paid for helping out. Call the plan provider and find out if family members can be paid as caregivers under the policy.
If you care for a low-income family member on Medicaid, you could also receive market rate payment for caregiving. The California Medicaid Cash and Counseling program may allow a senior who needs the care to pay family members for their assistance.
You can also consider opening up a business. If you have marketable skills or a great idea, you can try working for yourself. While challenging, it could be immensely satisfying. With your imagination and perseverance, you’ll be back to work before you know it.
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