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Senior-Friendly Workplaces in Reno

If you want to work in your senior years, you may see another change in the job market. A 2015 AARP study found people aged 55 and older take more time to get a job than younger people, make less income than they previously did, and don’t work as many hours. Jobs are available.  You may need more time to find one, add more skills to your resume, and seek out support to help you in your search. Below are some resources in the Reno area to aid you in your job search.

Resources for Finding a Job for a Senior

The AARP Foundation specializes in services to help seniors find employment.  AARP Nevada offers training through local seminars and webinars along with multiple career fairs for those looking for a job. Also, AARP Nevada performs computer skills assessments to help you determine strengths and areas for improvement.

You can find valuable resources on AARP Foundation’s website including how to search the Internet, using social media, applying for jobs, tips on how to prepare for an interview, and accepting a position.

Washoe County Library also offers computer classes for free, and you can search for local jobs.  Washoe County also has senior services and you can apply to volunteer to help other seniors in your area.

Nevada also offers Nevada JobConnect to help job seekers find employment. There are about a dozen locations throughout the state. This program provides job seekers skill assessments, vocational rehabilitation services, local job training resources, career counseling, and job placement assistance.

Learning and Earning

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) offers low-income seniors 55 and older assistance to find employment through training. This program helps seniors work with local non-profit agencies, government organizations, area schools, senior centers, and libraries to help improve skills and learn new ones for the right job.  Participants of this program are paid at least Federal minimum wage and work an average of 20 hours per week.

The program provides each senior a career assessment, training map, and any tutoring needed. The goal is to get seniors jobs outside of the SCSEP within a year of training to careers such customer service, childcare provider, retail associate, and other positions.

The Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division of the Department of Health and Human Services manages SCSEP.  You can find all needed forms on their website.  You can contact the Administrative office at 775.687.4210 or [email protected] for more information.

Other Available Resources

Veterans Employment Service provides veterans and spouses employment assistance by offering job search workshops, job market information, and career guidance with a counselor.  

If you care for a family member, you may be eligible to be paid the going market rate for your caregiving through programs such as Cash and Counseling and the VA Aid and Attendance Pensions. Long-term care insurance policies will pay family members as they would pay other health care aides as long as certain criteria are met, so discuss with your agent.

If you have ever wanted to own a business, now may be the time. The Small Business Administration Nevada District Office provides numerous resources to help you begin your venture whether it’s a large or small business.

There are multiple resources in Reno to help you get the training, support, and help you need to find the right job for you.

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