With age comes change, and not just to our health and appearance. Many older adults find themselves looking to change their employment situation as well. Sometimes, that change isn’t always easy. According to the 2015 AARP survey, adults over the age of 55 may have some troubles when looking for employment. Typically mature job-seekers find that it takes longer to find employment than younger employees, and they may also be paid less and offered fewer hours for work. Fortunately, Orlando is an excellent market for seniors searching for fulfilling employment opportunities. These are some resources in the area to assist you with your search.
CareerSource Florida has partnered with a number of other senior-based non-profits in the state to create an amazing tool for older adults looking for employment in the Orlando area, the Employ Florida Marketplace Silver Edition. The site offers a friendly experience for older retirement-age workers who are searching for employment opportunities in the state.
The site also has tools to assist with creating a resume and cover letter to capture the interest of an employer. Resources within the portal can link you to helpful information on how to best search for a position, a skills and interest inventory to find the right match, and statistics on the labor market in the Orlando area. Users simply need to register for a free account to access all the features.
For more in-depth, individual, and personalized information, seniors can reach out to the central Florida CareerSource location to speak with a personalized consultation and access their services including training, career assessments, and learning events. There are six offices in the immediate Orlando area and surrounding counties.
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs sponsors the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in the state. The SCSEP is designed to assist low-income adults over the age of 55 with finding employment opportunities and learning new skills on the job. Ideally, candidates will be placed in part-time community service based positions where they will have training opportunities at 20 hours per week and will be paid minimum wage during this time. Following their training, the goal is to find satisfying employment in the workforce with the new learned skills.
To determine if you qualify for the program, call the Department of Elder Affairs hotline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337).
Many Florida employers see the benefits in hiring veterans, and Career Source Central Florida offers additional help to military vets to find placement in a new position. Included in their one-to-one services are helping you to transition your resume language from military to civilian, networking opportunities, hiring events, and referrals and placement services.
In Florida, if you are the primary caregiver for a friend or loved one, they can pay you for providing that care. Funding for this reimbursement is available through the Cash and Counseling program, the VA Aid & Attendance pension, and some long-term care insurance policies. Caregivers can reach out to the appropriate agencies to discuss the options for reimbursement.
Orlando seniors who want to start their own business have great resources in the area. SCORE offers free mentoring services and sponsors networking events and seminars in the area to help get you up and running with your business venture no matter what the size.
Regardless of what you’re looking for in your next employment opportunity, seniors in the Orlando area have lots of resources to help you find a rewarding job.
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