Websites to help old farts get jobs
Job, career sites for workers over 50
A variety of Web sites offer tips, information for older workers
Jul. 6, 2009 02:03 PM
Changing jobs and changing careers has become increasingly commonplace, reflecting increased turnover in the workplace due to the recession and the aging of baby boomers.
But there are a myriad of online resources available for older workers who are considering new jobs because they've been downsized or because they're just ready for new careers.
Sign on to the Internet for various online resources for older workers, including:
• AARP offers a portal called Real Relief (www.aarp.org/realrelief) focusing on jobs and job training; a Work page (www.aarp.org/money/work) that links to "Job Tips for 50+ Workers"; and a job search engine (jobs.aarp.org) for older workers.
• Encore.org (www.encore.org) provides news, resources and connections for individuals and organizations establishing "encore careers" designed to combine social contribution, personal meaning and financial security. Many of the jobs posted are in education, health care and human services.
• RetiredBrains.com (www.retiredbrains.com) is a resource for older boomers, seniors, retirees and those about to retire who are looking to find jobs, volunteer opportunities, educational resources and retirement information.
• RetireeWorkforce.com (www.retireeworkforce.com) also focuses on the 50-plus job candidate.
• RetirementJobs.com (www.retirementjobs.com) has tens of thousands of listings nationwide from companies specifically seeking candidates older than 50. It's a combination job board, adviser and coach for boomers and seniors looking for work. RetirementJobs also partners with AARP.
• Retirement Jobs Online (www.retirement-jobs-online.com) offers advice about online retirement jobs, helping retirees evaluate the various ways to use the Internet to find work.
• Senior Helpers (www.seniorhelpers.com) with offices in 230 U.S. cities, hires many older workers to provide in-home personal and companion care for seniors. Caregivers' services include help with housework, meal preparation, errands, transportation, medication reminders and Alzheimer's care. The pay is $8-$12 per hour; most work an average of about 20 hours per week.
• Senior Job Bank (www.seniorjobbank.org) is a site where job seekers age 50 and up can search for jobs by category, industry or location, post resumes and register for a job-search agent.
The key is to not become discouraged at a time when having solid long-term work experience can work in your favor for nailing that coveted position or launching an exciting new career.