Online tool will help mature workers prepare, find, and apply for jobs
Public Affairs Manager
Arlington, VA – Hundreds of thousands of older adults are looking for jobs right now. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) sees the struggle every day, and has joined forces with RetirementJobs.com to provide opportunities specific to these jobseekers.
Facing limited incomes and rising health care costs, many of today’s older adults need to work to pay the bills past retirement. Others want to keep working, but with more flexibility.
Unfortunately, finding a job when over age 55 is not easy. The average duration of unemployment for older jobseekers in June 2014 was 48.1 weeks, compared to 28.5 weeks for those under age 55.
“NCOA offers a wide range of training and development opportunities for mature workers through our free online tool, EconomicCheckUp®,” said Ramsey Alwin, NCOA Vice President for Economic Security. “Now with the addition of RetirementJobs.com’s established database of mature worker certified employers, we provide a unique, single resource for older adults to prepare for, find, and apply for jobs.”
The employment path on EconomicCheckUp.org includes:
- Skills Assessment – Often older workers don’t fully understand their skill assets. The Quick Job Match online tool helps them identify their strengths and identify transferable skills.
- Online Training – To land the right job, workers need the right skills. The site’s Career Development System provides more than 30 online courses. Classes are free and can be an important addition to a resume.
- Help Finding a Job – It takes a great resume and good interview skills to make the right impression. The site offers helpful tips, and RetirementJobs.com can help visitors find just the right mature worker friendly employer to impress.
“We work with employers who know the benefit of hiring mature workers,” said Jocelyn Talbot, Vice President of Sales, RetirementJobs.com. “This partnership with NCOA is a catalyst to connecting skilled workers with the right jobs and developing a stronger marketplace through our successes.”
In addition to enhancing the employment path at EconomicCheckUp®, RetirementJobs.com will become a recommendation for eligible individuals looking for work on BenefitsCheckUp®, NCOA’s free online tool that helps older adults identify benefits that can save them money and cover the costs of every day expenses.
Ready to search for a new job? Get started at EconomicCheckUp.org by clicking on “find work.”
Visit ncoa.org/MatureWorkers for more information about additional NCOA programs that can help older adults find employment and training.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at ncoa.org and @NCOAging.
As the #1 career website for job-seekers aged 50+, RetirementJobs.com provides opportunity, inspiration, community and counsel to people over 50 seeking work to match their lifestyle and economic security needs. The company’s powerful, easy-to use job board lists thousands of openings for experienced employees seeking work with a Certified Age Friendly Employer™. Founded in 2005, RetirementJobs.com is a strong advocate and a catalyst to help employers retain, hire, and benefit from an experienced workforce. Its website also offers vital information and inspiration for older workers, including advice, news, success stories, and podcasts. For more information, visit http://www.retirementjobs.com. RetirementJobs.com, Inc. also operates Mature Caregivers, an in-home elder care agency placing age 50+ caregivers with elders in need of companionship and caregiving services.