A free online job search engine by AARP is helping workers who are 50 and older find jobs. The announcement of the website comes during National Employ Older Workers Week.
Jacqueline Morrison, senior manager state operations for AARP Michigan, says these kinds of resources can be very helpful to people who are seeking jobs in a tough economy.
“One thing for sure, they’ve got experience, they’ve got a strong work ethic. And they bring a different energy and a new energy into the workforce, that can help train your younger workers and pass on some skill sets and values that are important in the workplace,” said Morrison.
Morrison tells WWJ that for Michiganders 50 and over, finding a job can be very discouraging.
“That’s why we bring people together and let them know they’re not alone. We direct them to where they can find support and coaching good information, good skills, how the resume should look, how to get that interview. You know, how to break through the online application process to really touch the person,” said Morrison.
AARP Michigan also has conducted career fairs for older workers, including an event in Southfield last month that drew 4,800 participants.
“A lot of folks 50 plus haven’t looked for a job in 35 years and there’s a skill set required with finding a job and just knowing how to project and how to promote yourself at 50 plus,” said Morrison.
Click here for the AARP job website.