In 2015, AARP did a study on people 55 and over who were looking for new jobs or looking to re-enter the workforce. They found that most people took a longer time to find a job as they got older, and when they did finally find one they were often working less than they were before and being paid a lower salary. It doesn’t have to be that way though. There are many senior-friendly workplaces and resources that you can take advantage of here in St. Louis.
You have many different options when you start your job search and that can make everything feel a little overwhelming. One of the best places to start your search is the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. They have a whole section dedicated to senior employment and resources that will help you build a resume, learn new job skills, and work on your interview skills.
Another good place to look is the LDS Employment Resource Services located in St. Louis, Missouri. Here you can attend workshops, lectures, and classes that can give you valuable skills to look for a new career or find your next job. On their website, they also have links to job openings in the area as well as networking opportunities so you can make sure that you’re getting your resume out to employers.
The LDS Employment Resource Services also has an online database of job opportunities near your location. If you create a profile with their website you can create one resume that can be sent out to numerous job listings. This makes it easier and faster to apply for jobs and gives you a better chance of landing an interview.
Finally, the St. Louis Times has a Senior Resource Guide that you can download and it is full of helpful tips and resources to help you navigate your way to a new job.
While you’re looking for a job, you aren’t making a paycheck and the longer it takes the harder it can become to take care of your family. If you’re in a low-income situation and need to earn money while trying to find a new job, there is a program that could help. Senior Community Service Employment Program allows seniors 55 and over who meet the income criteria to get job training while still earning a paycheck.
This federally-funded program works by taking a look at your job goals, and places you in a subsidized job in your community based on your goals. You could be working at a place like Goodwill or you could do something along the lines of child care or teacher’s assistant. While you’re working at this job, you will receive valuable training along with a paycheck. Once you have completed your training, you will get further help with job placement. This is a great way to give back to the community while still earning money to support yourself and your family.
A few more places where you can get extra help with finding a job or re-entering the workplace are the AARP Foundation and the Missouri Aging Information Network. On both of these sites, you can find numerous resources, articles, community centers, and places that will give you the job counseling that you need.
Veterans can contact the St. Louis VA Office for job services specifically for those who have served our country. If you think that you’re ready to start your own business and want more help, you can check out the St. Louis District Office of Small Business Administration or the Missouri Small Business Resources website. Both of these places can offer valuable information and expertise.
Finding a job later in life can feel hopeless, but with a little bit of help from any one of these sources, it doesn’t have to be.
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