Job-Hunting Strategies for Older Adults

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JCA helps older adults connect with employment opportunities through the Career Gateway, 50+ Employment Expos, and SCSEP (the Senior Community Service Employment Program). Read below about these programs and job search strategies.

7 Effective Job-Hunting Strategies for Older Adults

by Maura Porcelli, SCSEP Senior Director, for National Council on Aging

The numbers tell the tale: more older adults are either returning to the workforce or seeking employment for the first time. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the labor force among adults age 75 years and older is projected to surge by 96.5% over the next decade. By 2030, 9.5% of the civilian labor force is expected to be older than 65.1

Why are older adults rejoining the workforce?

There are many reasons. Financial strains brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic shrunk retirement savings for many baby boomers. Rising prices caused by inflation are squeezing retirees who are living on a fixed income. Extending their working years can give older adults an extra cushion in their budget and added peace of mind.

And some older adults simply want to work. They aren’t ready for a leisurely retirement, and they enjoy the mental, physical, and social benefits working brings.

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