Like it or not, advancing age can negatively affect our job prospects. Employers are hesitant to take on senior workers for a variety of reasons, many of which are justified.
Older job seekers will be seen as less able to work strenuously, more apt to take time off for illness, and less able to learn new concepts. According to a study conducted in 2015 by AARP, unemployed seniors will take longer than younger people to find a job. The senior worker will also work fewer hours for less pay.
While it’s not impossible to find a suitable job after the age of 55, it will take diligent effort, and the use of every available senior career resource that you can discover.
If you’re an unemployed or under-employed senior, keep reading to see what job resources are available to you in Seattle, and get back to work!
Seattle seniors can check out the Senior Community Service Employment Program. You can access a comprehensive directory of people and organizations that will help Washington seniors to find gainful employment through training, advice, and career assistance. Washington seniors can also use the Washington Career Bridge to discover open positions, training opportunities, and ways to pay for training schools.
Washington Career Bridge will also provide access to important information on job trends, so you don’t waste time learning a skill that there is presently not in demand.
If possible, take advantage of volunteer opportunities as a way to learn valuable skills, network, and ultimately become a paid staff member. Volunteers can frequently have an inside track to new paid positions at an organization. Employers would rather hire someone that they’re sure about; a volunteer has already proved him or herself as a valuable member of the staff.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program will provide low-income or unemployed Washington seniors with approximately 20 hours per week of paid training in a real job. SCSEP program participants can be placed in many different work environments. You can be placed in local schools as a classroom aide, or in state and federal government agencies.
Seniors in SCSEP can learn skills such as childcare, retail service, customer service, and even shipping. Use America's Service Locator to find out who administers SCSEP in the Seattle area and find out who to contact about participating.
As an unemployed veteran in Seattle, you can visit the U.S. Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs and search for a range of different federal career options for veterans. Also, visit the Veteran’s Administration page for elderly veterans. You’ll find details on vocational rehabilitation and employment that will help you on your way to a satisfying job.
There is a large network of support services and organizations available to Washington State seniors that will make getting a new or better job far less difficult than you think. Use the information from this guide as a springboard to new opportunities that will improve your quality of life.
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