If you’re 55 or older and suddenly find yourself without a job, you might be worried that it’s too late to get back in the game. Perhaps you’re thinking of re-entering the workforce but worry that you’ve been out of the loop to even find a job. It’s true that seniors have a harder time finding jobs and often work fewer hours than they did before, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. If you take a little time to do some research and utilize the wonderful resources that San Diego has to offer its residents, you should be able to find a new and rewarding job in no time.
It can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out where to start with your job search. There are so many new ways to build a resume and you might feel like your skills are no longer applicable. That’s why San Diego has worked to create programs that are geared specifically towards seniors so you don’t have to feel overwhelmed.
The State of California Employment Development Department has set up a section of their website specifically for older workers. You can check out theses resources which include places like CalJobs and America’s Job Center of California. At CalJobs, you can build an online profile with the help of professionals so that your resume gets the attention it deserves. You also use this resume to apply online and get as many opportunities as possible.
America’s Job Center of California allows you to find job centers in your area that will put you in touch with job training, workshops, and education that can help you find your next job. San Diego Metro Career Centers is another great service because it allows you to work online, or get one-on-one time with trained staff to build your resume and skillset.
If you’re concerned about being a low-income senior and finding a job, there are programs you can utilize as well. While most career services are free of charge, the Senior Community Service Employment Program is one that offers you help as well as a paycheck.
If you are 55 or over and meet a certain level of income, you could be eligible to participate in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). This is a federal program that is meant to help low-income seniors get the job training they need to succeed in the workplace while still allowing them to make money. Based on your job goals, you’ll be placed in a subsidized job around your community where you will get the training you need to succeed outside of the program.
Once you have completed the training, SCSEP workers will help you with job placement. This program not only allows you to get new skills and experience along with supporting yourself, but it also helps the community through your service.
There are still plenty more resources for senior job-seekers. The AARP Foundation is built specifically to help older workers get the support and help that they need in the workforce. The San Diego Workforce Partnership has dozens of job centers around the area that are all equipped to help with job training and searching.
The city of San Diego also has job services for veterans looking for jobs or new careers and most of them are at no cost to you. The San Diego District Office of Small Business Administration has a ton of resources if you’re ready to be your own boss and start your own business.
Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you won’t have the same opportunities and help as other workers. Use any one of these resources and your job search and new career will be easier than ever.
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