Becoming a senior citizen used to mean spending the rest of your life sitting in a chair and trying to fill up all the spare hours in a day. But the world has changed. No longer is it considered a sure thing that when you reach a certain age you will retire. More and more senior citizens want to continue working, for various reasons.
Finding a job at this age isn’t easy, though. You can’t start a new career, so this already limits the number of jobs you can get into. There are resources available, though. Let’s take a look at some of the resources you can take advantage of.
Career One Stop
Career One Stop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and is an employment site featuring a range of jobs. We must say that this isn’t dedicated specifically to senior citizens. Instead, it has a section dedicated to mature workers. On this site you’ll find information on work benefits, education, training, and salary. This is a good place to start if you just want to browse the field.
Beware that due to the fact it isn’t specific to your age group, this is a hit and miss option.
Senior Job Bank
If you want something more specific, the answer is in Senior Job Bank. This site is a free resource targeted at workers over 50. Seniors who want to get into work use this site and can work alongside employers all over the country. You can start by checking out the list of companies on the ‘Job Seekers’ page.
It’s easy to filter your searches based on location, industry, and company type. New jobs are added daily, so it’s always worth checking back on a regular basis.
Senior Community Service Employment Program
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a service every senior citizen should use because of its strong track record within employment. It’s the oldest in the whole country and has enabled thousands of senior citizens to keep working, or to get back into work after a sabbatical. This program enables senior citizens to work 20 hours a week as a form of community service. It often doesn’t pay much more than the minimum wage, but community jobs requiring specialist skills will command higher salaries.
We should note that many of these jobs have benefits like annual physicals and age-related medical care packages. These are often highlighted as a matter of priority, so keep checking back to the website for more information on the latest jobs.
What About Computer Training?
Yes, you may notice we haven’t at any point suggested just taking a look in the newspaper. For good or bad, most employers will advertise their jobs online. This can cause problems for those who don’t have the required computer skills. If you fall into this category, don’t see this as a barrier to getting back into work.
Most communities have local programs for senior citizens who want to learn basic computer skills. Don’t worry if you’re short of money because many of these options won’t cost you a thing.
Sadly, discrimination against older workers is rife across America. Whilst things may change one day, in the meantime don’t see this as an obstacle to getting back into work. By using the resources above you can ensure that you only apply to jobs that don’t see your age as a disadvantage. They will see your wealth of experience as an advantage.
Overall, whilst getting back into work as a senior citizen isn’t always easy, America has awoken to what you have to offer. Begin searching for work now and get a job you’ll enjoy!