It’s not unusual to be changing careers as you get older. Whether it’s by choice or not, older adults have a few things in common when looking for employment. In 2015, AARP found that senior job-seekers can take a longer amount of time than younger counterparts to find a new position, and when they’re offered one it could be at a lower salary with fewer hours than their former positions. Fortunately, Pittsburgh seniors have many senior-friendly workplaces and several area resources and organizations that can help make finding a new job simple and successful.
AARP has been a long-trusted resource for adults over the age of 50, and when it comes to job searches, they have you covered. Members have access to a plethora of resources and information on their website, including a job-search feature that includes listings in the Pittsburgh area from employers that are senior-friendly and looking for a mature workforce to fill their vacancies.
The site includes in-depth information, tips, and tutorials on important processes like how to apply, interview, write your resume, showcase your skills, and access additional training opportunities to be at the top of your game for a new position.
The AARP Back to Work 50+ initiative is helping to match workers with full-time positions in their area, and can be reached directly at 1-855-850-2525 for more information.
In the Pittsburgh area, ExperienceWorks administers the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The program is designed to help low-income adults over the age of 55 who are unemployed train and develop new skills that will lead to stable employment.
Seniors enrolled in the program will work 20 hours per week at a local not-for-profit or government organization and will grow their skill set through on the job training with an end goal of transitioning into the workforce.
For the full eligibility requirements and benefits of the program click here, or call the state office toll-free at (877) 314-7383.
Military veterans in Pittsburgh get priority service through Pennsylvania CareerLink. These services can include job searching and matching, resume translation from military to civilian, training, networking, and more. There are four area locations to assist in helping you find the right position.
If you are providing care for a loved one or friend, the state of Pennsylvania has a few programs that may enable you to be paid for giving that care. The Cash and Counseling program, VA Aid & Attendance pension, or long-term care insurance benefits could be used to pay you as the primary caregiver a monthly salary. Review the details for each of the programs to see if it is a fit for your situation.
Starting a new business is another way seniors can find employment. If working for yourself sounds appealing and you have a business idea, reach out to the Small Business Administration of Pittsburgh for dozens of resources on how to create a successful start up.
Finding the right employment fit for you in the Pittsburgh market is easier than ever with the plethora of resources and assistance to help point you in the right direction.
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