Experience Works Launches JobReady Program to Help Older Workers Who Need to Keep Working

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Unemployed older workers now have access to a free resource designed to help with their job search thanks to Experience Works, a nonprofit organization with offices throughout 30 states and Puerto Rico.

"JobReady is a practical resource for older individuals who need to refine and target their job search."

In conjunction with Older Americans Month, Experience Works, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides training and employment services to older job seekers throughout 30 states and Puerto Rico has introduced a free online service designed to assist unemployed older workers with their job search.

JobReady helps older workers assess interests, personal characteristics and skills, and then provides users with a personalized list of job options. JobReady, which can be accessed at http://www.experienceworks.org/jobready, also includes community job openings for browsing.

“JobReady is a practical resource for older individuals who need to refine and target their job search. It can help build the confidence older workers need to open doors to new career options and to find new job opportunities,” said Billy Wooten, executive director of program operations for Experience Works, the nation’s largest organization dedicated solely to the employment of older workers.

Experience Works is introducing JobReady at a time when older workers need employment assistance more than ever. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average duration of unemployment for workers age 65 and older is 46.2 weeks compared with 35.8 weeks for all workers.

Not only is the job search elongated in the current economy, when people find work they need to stay on the job longer than before. Seventy-two is the new average targeted retirement age for low-income workers, according to research conducted by Experience Works.

Experience Works surveyed 2,000 low-income job seekers age 55 and older and found that 25 percent do not know at what age they will be able to retire, and 8 percent said they never plan to retire. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohtZAQDFCJY. For those who do have a retirement timeframe, the average targeted retirement age is 72.

“The economy has forced a new reality on many older Americans who had retirement within their sights,” said Wooten. “Many in our study were laid off, or had already retired, and now they need to get back into the workforce to pay for food, housing and medical care.”

During Older Americans Month, sponsored by the Administration on Aging, a special emphasis is being place on the workplace and community contributions of older workers. In his formal proclamation designating the month, President Obama stated, “As Americans live longer, healthier, and more productive lives, many are starting second careers and continuing to be involved in their communities.”

Experience Works, Inc. operates the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) throughout 30 states and Puerto Rico. For more information about the organization or the JobReady program, visit http://www.experienceworks.org or call 866-397-9757.

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