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September 7, 2010
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AARP Steps Up Online Career Resources with New Online Job Search Service
Job Seekers Will Have Broader Selection of Openings, More Focused Search
WASHINGTON – Older workers seeking new employment possibilities will greatly benefit from a free new online job service – the AARP Job Search Engine – which launched today and is available on the non-profit organization’s newly-revamped website (www.aarp.org/jobs). Still buffeted by the worst employment environment since the Depression, 50+ Americans will now be able to search at any time among more than 1 million jobs aggregated by the new service, powered by Indeed, a metasearch engine for job listings.
“This new collaboration between AARP and Indeed will enable job seekers to identify very specific job openings that are, in effect, tailored to their situation,” said Deborah Russell, AARP’s Director of Workforce Issues. “We’re proud to say AARP now has one of the most robust and experienced job search sites for mature jobseekers in the country and hope the service will benefit many of our members.”
Visitors to AARP’s website will now be able to search job openings by state and zip code. The jobs will be broken down by industry, occupation and even title. This free service can be accessed at www.aarp.org/jobs.
“In these tough economic times, free resources like the AARP job search engine are invaluable to many people trying to get back in the work place,” said Nataki Clarke, vice president, online marketing, AARP. “The 50+ audience is going online like never before and our goal is to make aarp.org a one-stop destination to provide them with information and tools they need to live their best lives.”
Announcement of the new service comes as recent AARP Public Policy Institute calculations, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data, show that more than 2.2 million people aged 55 and older were unemployed in August. The average period of unemployment for those 55 and over was nearly 10 months (39.2 weeks) in August, about double the 20.2 weeks average when the recession began in December, 2007.
The Indeed collaboration is the latest move by AARP to expand its workforce programs to better serve workers 50+ and comes on the heels of the organization relaunching its website. This year, AARP is conducting more than 40 career fairs for older workers in areas of the country with high unemployment. AARP sponsors the National Employer Team, which connects job seekers with employers; honors Best Employers for Workers over 50, and, offers online job tips that help persons boost their job search efforts. In addition, the AARP Foundation provides a variety of direct services to help mature workers at or below the median income through its WorkSearch website. For more information on the programs mentioned above, please visit www.aarp.org.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare organization with a membership hat helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.