Times are changing as you enter your “Golden Years,” from your appearance to your lifestyle. Jobs may also change. A 2015 study conducted by AARP found seniors need more time to find a job than younger individuals, earn less than in previous jobs, and also work fewer hours. There are some senior-friendly workplaces, but they may take longer to find. You may also need to update your skills. Here are some resources online and in St. Petersburg to help you find a senior-friendly job.
CareerSource Florida offers job searches, career research, job fairs, training programs, and more. You will meet with a local team for assistance with career counseling, resume building, training and education, job matching, and job search help. Contact your local office for more information.
The AARP Foundation offers online educational resources to help older adults find a job. These educational materials include information such as how to search for jobs, using the Internet to apply, creating a resume, applying for jobs, prepping for an interview, and accepting a job.
The St. Petersburg Library offers free computer classes if you need assistance using a computer.
Another online job resource is SeniorJobBank.org, which posts jobs specifically for individuals over 50. Established in 1975, SeniorJobBank offers a various range of postings for part-time or full-time work. The user on this site is about 57 years old. The site also provides information to help you find high demand jobs in your area.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) offers training to low-income seniors while earning minimum wage income. This program connects participants with local non-profit agencies, government agencies, schools, senior centers, museums, and other organizations. Participants will work in these community settings about 20 hours a week to learn new skills and gain experience.
Each participant will receive a personalized career assessment, which includes any needed training and tutoring. Participants will then transition to jobs outside of the SCSEP program after at most two years of training. This program can help participants find positions like customer service representative, classroom aide, computer technician, and more.
In Florida, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs administers the SCSEP program. To learn more about this program or to see if you are eligible, contact the SCSEP Director at 850.414.2011.
For veterans and spouses of veterans, Employ Florida Vets provides free resume assistance, career guidance, resume help, job search assistance, and job market information. All of these services are free.
If you are a primary caregiver for a family member, you may be eligible to get paid for this help through programs such as Cash and Counseling, long-term care insurance policies, and the VA Aid and Attendance Pensions.
You may be able to start that business you always wanted. The U.S. Small Business Administration provides various resources to start your company including how to get funds and to manage your company from growth, profits, and marketing.
There are several resources both online and in St. Petersburg to help you find the right senior-friendly job.
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