Older adults have seen a lot of change in their lifetime. Over the years, you may experience physical changes to your body or health, as well as lifestyle changes such as your living or employment situation. If you’ve recently experienced a career change, whether by choice or not, you are probably able to relate to the results of this 2015 AARP study. The study found that senior job-seekers may experience a long lead time in finding a new position, and when they do they may be paid less and given fewer hours than in previous positions. Fortunately, the Tampa area has many organizations eager to assist mature workers with finding a rewarding position with the right company.
Spearheaded by CareerSource Florida, the Employ Florida Marketplace Silver Edition website is the go-to place for older adults looking for employment in the Tampa area. A collaboration of several nonprofit organizations statewide, the portal looks for job postings from senior-friendly employers in the area and offers an easy to use search feature to look for the right job for you.
Also included amongst the resources on the site are tools to write a compelling resume and cover letter, as well as a skills and interests inventory to help determine which openings may be a good fit for you. You can also access detailed information on the labor market in the greater Tampa Bay area to be educated on your opportunities. The account is free to set-up, and you’ll have access to the resources and postings in the area.
In addition to the searchable site, seniors can contact the Tampa Bay CareerSource locations directly for personalized assistance. They offer training, networking events, seminars, and assessments to job-seekers and have four offices in Hillsborough county to serve you.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is sponsored by the Florida Department of Elder affairs and is an excellent opportunity to learn new skills and get paid during your training. The program is offered to adults ages 55 and above who have a low-income and are interested in finding gainful employment. Enrollees will train in a part-time position with a local nonprofit or government organization for 20 hours per week with a goal of developing their knowledge and skill set in order to be a desirable candidate for a local employer.
To determine if you qualify for the program, call the Department of Elder Affairs hotline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337).
Veterans in Tampa have additional resources available. CareerSource Tampa Bay has a number of services specific to vets, including resume revisions to translate from military to civilian language, referrals, and a paid training program to enhance your skill set and make you a more marketable candidate.
Primary caregivers may also be paid for the care they provide. If you are assisting a friend or loved one, they may be able to pay you a monthly salary for your help through the Cash and Counseling program, the VA Aid & Attendance pension, or possibly their long-term care insurance policies. A little research is required to understand eligibility and benefits, but it is worthwhile time spent.
If you’re considering starting your own business venture, the Small Business Administration of South Florida serves the Tampa Bay area and has great information on their website to help make your idea successful.
No matter what the right employment opportunity is for you, job-seeking seniors in the Tampa area have ample career assistance.
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