3 Tips for Older Adults In the Job Market; Employment Expo is May 11

Photo of women talking at 2016 50+ Job Expo

Maybe the retirement savings are not enough to make ends meet.

A spouse has an expensive medical condition.

You were late in your career when your company was downsized.

There are several reasons why many of our older adults in Fairfax County are seeking to re-enter the workforce after retirement or being laid off, or are putting off retirement long past the traditional age of 65.

Unemployment statistics for older adults in our county from a recent U.S. Census Bureau report:

  • 55 to 59 years old: 80.9 percent are in the labor force with 4.8 percent unemployed and seeking work.
  • 60 to 64 years old: 69.1 percent are in the labor force with 5.6 percent unemployed and seeking work.
  • 65 to 74 years old: 39.3 percent are in the labor force with 3.6 percent unemployed and seeking work.
  • 75 years old+: 9.8 percent are in the labor force with 2.2 percent unemployed and seeking work.

If you are an older adult seeking to stay viable in the job market or looking to re-enter the workforce, here are three tips for you to consider.

Network

Keep an eye out for networking opportunities specifically for older adults, such as the free 50+ Employment Expo on Thursday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at the Fair Oaks Marriott. Last year more than 1,000 residents attended the expo and met with dozens of job recruiters for full-time, part-time and seasonal positions. You can also get resume assistance and attend helpful seminars.

Photo from 2016 50+Job Expo

Listen to our podcast for more information on the 50+ Employment Expo.

Visit SkillSource

If you are re-entering the workforce, you may be concerned that your skills, especially in our technology driven world, are a little rusty. SkillSource is a nonprofit organization with six locations in our area that provides a wide range of free job placement, training and educational services.

Find A Job Through SkillSource

 

Go Back to School

Fairfax County Public Schools’ Adult and Community Education (ACE) program has a wide range of training opportunities in apprenticeship, business, information technology, health and medical, and trade and industrial programs. In addition, residents 62 years of age or older may opt for a 25 percent tuition discount, or if  suffering a financial hardship, may apply for a full tuition waiver.

Register For ACE Classes

 

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