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Resources for Florida Seniors Seeking Employment

This page has been created as resource for Florida Seniors seeking employment in the Suncoast Workforce region of Florida, (Tampa - Naples). The page creates awareness of the organizations which provide resources for Florida seniors seeking programs & workshops geared towards improving computer skills, improving interviewing skills as well as resume writing skills.

Seniors in the Florida Workplace

In the past, many seniors used to think of retirement as a relaxing lifestyle in the Sunshine state, but due to certain economic down turns in our economy, Florida seniors are now choosing to work longer into their retirement years whereas others have a financial need to re-enter the Florida workforce. For others, it may be the need for increased social interaction or simply a need to keep busy to keep their minds challenged and stimulated.

The Senior Worker Advantage

When seeking employment in the Florida marketplace, there are many advantages of hiring a senior employee or someone aged 50 or over. First and foremost, the senior worker brings with them a wealth of accumulated knowledge and experience to their position. Often, older workers serve as mentors for workers with less experience as this is beneficial to the employer. Other advantages senior workers bring to their employers are increased reliability as a worker, increased willingness to work part-time or seasonally as well as established networks of contacts and/or potential customers for their employer.

The Work Matters! Organization

Work Matters! is an organization comprised of area organizations in the Florida Suncoast area which offer programs and services to benefit seniors who are seeking gainful employment. Many of these programs, geared towards improving computer skills, improving interviewing skills, improving resume writing skills, senior-preneurship as well as managing your retirement funds, are offered free or low-cost to the community at large. By taking advantage of these resources, you will learn how to connect with employers via the Internet, learn how to start your own business after age fifty, learn how to become a senior-preneur, and learn how to overcome age discrimination in the workplace by learing how to promote the strenghs that you provide to an employer.

Benefits to Seniors:

The origanizations that comprize the Work Matters! and Financial Concerns group offer many benefits to seniors who are seeking employment. Many offer free resources to the community. By taking advantage of these resources, you will:

( 1 ) Learn how to connect with employers on-line.
( 2 ) Learn how to start your own business after age 50.
( 3 ) Learn how to become a senior-preneur.
( 4 ) Learn how to overcome age discrimination in the workplace.

Organizational Resources:

AARP Foundation WorkSearch

AARP Foundation WorkSearch is a Federal Grant program (tax dollars at work) providing Work Search assistance and employment placement for work-ready seniors aged 55+. In order for a person to receive assistance in the program, they must be 55+, unemployed, live in Sarasota County, and have low income.

1750 17th Street, Bldg. M, Sarasota, FL, 34234
(941) 366-9039

www.aarpworksearch.org

The Women's Resource Center of Sarasota County

The Women's Resource Center of Sarasota County has extensive experience helping women 50+ return to the workforce by giving a combination of self esteem building and job skills necessary to achieve their goals. The Women's Resource Center of Sarasota County creates professional, personal, and social growth opportunities for women in our community.

340 S. Tuttle Ave. Sarasota FL, 34237
(941) 366-1700

www.thewomensresourcecenter.org

Senior Friendship Centers

Between Successes. Re-Entering the Work Force. Learn what you need to compete in today's world of work. Refresh your resume; work with marketing and networking skills, how to have a winning interview and more! Free Assistance & Support. Call (941) 556-3214 to schedule an appointment.

1888 Brother Geenan Way, Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 556-3214

www.friendshipcenters.org

SCORE, Counselor's to America's Small Businesses

SCORE is a national, non-profit organization with over 12,000 members which began in 1964. We are a group of working and retired business executives who donate our time assisting people in starting-up new businesses or providing business mentoring for existing businesses. Make a smart start and begin your journey for small business success today! SCORE mentoring services are free, confidential and on-going. SCORE is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration.

(941) 955-1029

www.aarpworksearch.org

Retirement Breakthrough Learning Center

Learn how to setup lifetime streams of income and do what you love in retirement! Where Am I? What Do I Want? What Are My Resources? What Actions Must I Take? Plans for Doing What I Love

(941) 377-6565

caryl.lenahan@verizon.net

State College of Florida

The State College of Florida (SCF) Small Business Development Center (SDBC) provides no-cost counseling and low-cost workshops for entrepreneurs and budding entrepreneurs of all ages, including seniors.

7131 Professional Pkwy. E., Sarasota, FL 34240
(941) 408-1413

www.scf.edu

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