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AARP Offers Older Job Seekers Tips on Landing a Job in Today’s Job Market

How can AARP’s Work@50+ outreach help me?

Work@50+ is an effort that aims to help thousands of 50+ individuals nationwide gain valuable tools to assist them in their work search. Unemployment for 50+ individuals has risen to 7%, the highest since 1949, when unemployment among 50+ topped at 6%. Clearly, we’re concerned about this serious issue for our more than 312,000 Nevada members and 39 million members nationally.

How can Work@50+ be truly beneficial to me?
Venturing back into the job market can seem daunting when job hunting has so drastically changed over the past two decades. AARP resources can help you through this process with tips on effective techniques that can result in successful re-employment.

What’s available in Nevada?

The Work@50+ campaign inNevadaoffers a variety of resources to help our members in their job search. We co-sponsor four annual Las Vegas Sun Career Fairs at Green Valley Ranch. In addition, two career fairs hosted by AARP and Employment Guide will be held in Las Vegas this year.

Our AARP Foundation offices in Reno and Las Vegas have the programs Worksearch and Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) which help older job seekers. SCSEP offers on-the-job training to individuals 55+ who have a limited income. Worksearch is a computerized program helping job seekers to rethink and reevaluate their skills, hobbies and interests to expand their job search to include alternate career options.

In 2010 we’ll be offering workshops on finding a job in the 21st Century. The series will provide our members inLas Vegas, Reno, Carson City and Mesquite with step-by-step guidance on returning to the workforce. We will also be holding four webinars, one each quarter, for job seekers. Invitations will be sent to members who’ve signed up for AARP email. The webinars have covered information such as green jobs and how to get a federal job.

Tell me more about the new AARP/Employment Guide career fairs.

These fairs are specifically tailored to individuals who are 50+. During the career fairs, we’ll offer attendees access to an Internet Café, workshops to help individuals develop their own personal brand, brief sessions with career counselors, and the potential to network with employers who are seeking experienced candidates for their job openings. Information on local employment resources and programs will also be readily available.

Where can I receive further information on AARP’s Work@50+ career fairs and webinars?

You can visit our website for updated information. If you received this article via AARP Nevada’s enewsletter you will also receive email invitations to career fairs and webinars in your community. Not getting email from AARP Nevada? Get signed up for AARP email.

Find out More Online

“How Job Hunting Has Changed”

“National Employer Team”

“Laid off or displaced? Get Help”

Job Search Websites for 50+

“Need a Job?”

“DETR: Connecting Jobseekers and Businesses” Department of Employment Training and Rehab (DETR)

“JobConnect: Connecting Businesses and Employees Statewide”


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