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How to find jobs for seniors

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Senior citizens age status generally begins at 55. Becoming a senior citizen can be a double-edged sword. At age 55 you are too young to receive social security and seemingly too old by some employers' standards to enter or re-enter the workforce. It has been proven that senior workers are a valuable asset to an employer. Senior citizen productivity, reliability and attendance are higher overall. Read on to learn how to find jobs for seniors.


  1.  Assess skills for today's job market. Review various job descriptions to learn what is required for various occupations.
  2.  Update skills if needed. Take computer classes to learn various software and computer applications. A local community college or senior center will often offer computer and job skills classes at no cost for seniors.
  3.  Revamp your resume. Omit employment information, if possible, that refers to experience or equipment that is no longer relevant to your target employment categories.
  4.  Include any volunteer, life skills, training and experience in the skills or experience sections on a job application.
  5.  Know the law regarding job discrimination due to age. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission oversees The Age Discrimination Employment Act of 1967 which prohibits discrimination against a person of 40 years or older.
  6.  Get on the web. Research organizations that offer employment referrals and training for employment. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), employment offices, job training centers and libraries often provide help for senior job-seekers.


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