Comment From Catherine: I'm over 50 and there seems to be a lot of competition even for part-time positions. I do not have a college degree but have recent continuing education training. Suggestions for job search? And I'm also very active on social media.
Rob Romasco: Hi, Catherine, and thanks for joining us today. Continuing education training is a bonus in today’s job market, and so is a very active social media presence. You can use both to your advantage.
I encourage you to use three social media resources for your job search: LinkedIn (especially through WorkReimagined.org), Twitter and Facebook. Search for hashtags like #jobs, #recruit, #hr to bring up lists of job postings. There’s also a Twitter account called TweetMyJobs that tweets job openings from a large number of companies. Finally, it’s helpful to follow staffing firms, newspapers and any companies you’re interested in because they often Tweet job opportunities.
Comment From Gail: Do you have a placement center for seniors to find a job?
Rob Romasco: Good afternoon, Gail! There are three AARP resources I invite you to take a look at: Work Reimagined, the AARP jobs search engine powered by Indeed.com, and AARP Foundation’s WorkSearch Information Network.
Work Reimagined is AARP’s newest workforce resource that directly connects experienced job seekers with employers seeking top talent. More than 150 organizations have signed a pledge showing their support for experienced workers. Visit www.WorkReimagined.org to connect with these organizations, apply for jobs, connect with your peers and get advice on work issues.
Second, search www.aarp.org/jobs to search millions of job postings to find a job that's right for you. The AARP jobs search engine powered by Indeed.com allows you to search by keyword and geographic location.
Last, AARP Foundation’s WorkSearch Information Network is a great online employment guide that covers the entire job search process from start to finish. The Senior Community Service Employment Program, or SCSEP, provides subsidized training opportunities to low-income individuals age 55-plus and assists them with finding permanent, unsubsidized jobs. Learn more about SCSEP opportunities at www.aarpworksearch.org. AARP.org/work has lots of resources as well. You can also check out our blog on work-related topics here: http://blog.aarp.org/category/work. If you're on Twitter, follow @AARPMoney, which covers work as well as money topics.
AARP: That will have to be our last question for today. We thank you all for being here and would also like to thank President Romasco.
Rob Romasco: This has been a great session with great questions. AARP is here to help you meet the challenges and opportunities of the workplace in the next stage of your careers. I encourage you to use the resources we've outlined. I wish you the best, and I want to remind you that you're not alone out there.
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