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.

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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.

Organizational Resources For Florida Seniors Seeking Employment
To view the programs and/or workshops provided by each person or organization below, just click the blue link to expand the section with the respective page content. Keep in mind it is always best to call ahead to confirm a class or event time before showing up.

The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County
The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County
340 S. Tuttle Ave. Sarasota FL, 34237 Map
Laurin Ripley
Project Manager
(941) 366-1700 Phone

See calendar below for workshop times offered.

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. We provide women with strategies for living and working that strengthen themselves, their families, and their communities.

The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County offers continuous support for as long as needed. The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County is non-profit organization with offices in Sarasota, Venice, Englewood and Northport FL. The following is a list of job related programs offered.

Returnship Program - On-going, call for appointment
A comprehensive curriculum created to help women get back into the workforce or to change careers and gain confidence in their job search. The job skills covered are computer skills, interview skills, resume skills. Also included are soft skills, communication skills, business etiquette, time management, dressing for success and much more. Classes also include self esteem, mentoring, and support.

Employment Success Class - Monday's 1 - 3pm
Cutting edge tips for today’s resume, interviewing skills and job search strategies. Learn market insights and trends.

Job Seekers Group – Wed’s 10 - 11:30am
An encouraging, supportive, group for job seekers. A different timely topic presented each week.

How to Start & Manage Your Own Business - Monday's 6 - 9pm
This is a 10 part class that repeats on Monday evenings. You can begin in the middle of the workshop. Classes will be repeated. Call 941-366-1700 for details.

Senior Friendship Centers
Senior Friendship Centers
1888 Brother Geenan Way, Sarasota, FL 34236 Map
Frank Clark
Retired Executive VP, Author & Job Re-Entry Trainer
(941) 556-3214

See calendar below for workshop times offered.

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 andNetworking Skills
-   How to Have a Winning Interview
-   Employment Agencies,Classified Ads and Job Research Techniques

Free Assistance & Support
Call (941) 556-3214 to schedule an appointment. Sponsored by the Senior Friendship Centers.

SCORE, Counselor's to America's Small Businesses
SCORE, Counselor's to America's Small Businesses
2801 Fruitville Road, STE 280, Sarasota, FL 34237 Map
Gregg Hoffmann
(941) 955-1029 Phone

See calendar below for workshop times offered.

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.

QuickSTART Workshop Series:
-   Start-up Basics (FREE)
-   Business Concept
-   Marketing Plan
-   Financial Projections
-   Funding Sources

Specialized Workshops:
-   Building your Business Plan
-   Manage & Grow Existing Business
-   Web Site Basics
-   Web Marketing and Social Media
-   Workshops are led by experienced professionals and retired executives. Our SCORE® volunteers share
    their talents, ideas and experiences with prospective entrepreneurs or existing business owners who
    desire to improve productivity and profitability.

To Register for a Workshop:
Visit our website at

1) Click "Workshops" in left column
2) Workshop Information will appear
3) Find Workshop and Date desired
4) Click on the link to Register
5) Complete the required forms
6) Startup Basics is FREE! The cost of other workshops is $25.00 payable by credit card when you register
    or by check at the workshop.
7) Confirmation email returned to you

If you have questions about our Workshops or experience any problems registering on our website, please contact us at 941-955-1029.

Caryl T. Lenahan
Retirement Breakthrough Learning Center
Caryl T. Lenahan
Founder & Director
Sarasota, FL
(941) 377-6565 Office
(941) 232-2090 Cell

See calendar below for workshop times offered.

How to Set Up Lifetime Streams of Income and do What YOU Love in Retirement!

Where Am I?
-   Facing My Concerns about Retirement Income?
-   How Do I Make Up For Not Saving Enough?

What Do I Want?
-   Income That Lasts My Lifetime
-   Not to Be a Burden on My Children & Family
-   Matching My Priorities & Lifestyle With My Income

What Are My Resources?
-   Understanding Monthly Cash Flow
-   Understanding Investment Growth/Income
-   Protecting My Investments from Market Loss

What Actions Must I Take?
-   Start My Plan for Streams of Lifetime Income
-   Planning for Life’s Contingencies: Death of Spouse, LTC & Housing Changes

Plans for Doing What I Love
-   Working and Earning Longer
-   Mid-Life Work Changes/ Lifestyle Changes

-   Four Classes, plus Coaching: Call (941)377-6565 for exact dates.
-   Individual $100 if paid upfront; Couple or Bring a Friend $150. Per Class: $30

Sandra K. Kassalow, Momentum Coaching & Training
Sandra K. Kassalow, Momentum Coaching & Training
Kassalow Training & Development
(941) 377-6565 Office

See calendar below for workshop times offered.

Between Successes. Re-Entering the Work Force

President of Kassalow Training & Development, a consulting firm established in 1976 specializing in customized, skill-based experimental and interactive management and employee seminars, Sanda is presently affiliated with Momentum Coaching and Training as well. Her clients include American Express Company, Chase Manahattan Bank, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Merrill Lynch and many other Fortune 100 and 500 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and law firms. She has been a visiting lecturer at universities and has been interviewed for magazine articles and the New York Times and has appeared on videos, radio and television.

Leading in the New "Retirement Revolution" in Troubled Economic Times

The concept of retirement is rooted in the 20th century and bears little resemblance to 21st century realities. A colossal demographic shift is on the horizon. There is no precendent for this future gap in the workforce, yet we need to be mindful of the economic times. How do we keep our business strong while maneuvering this maze?

This presentation will help guide local employers deal with upcoming labor and talent shortages during difficult economic times.

Help to gain knowledge about the "Encore Society" and work re-orientation. Learn how your organization can provide a new phase of work / life balance for your mature, experienced and loyal employees while reaping bottom line organizational benefits.

Getting the best from your experienced workers. Explore strategies for potential retirees to keep fully engaged and motivated in the critical "Red Zone" (five years before retirement time). Create a corps of "prepared Workers" to learn and or use skills that match hard-to-fill jobs.

Generations working together to ensure knowledge transfer. Reap an experience dividend from the enormous human capital investments that were made in the boomer generation. It's time to enhance the company's culture and connect employees to each other and the company through communication between generations at work today. How best to incorporate "Transfer of Knowledge" and mentoring opportunities to meet your organization's needs.

State College of Florida
State College of Florida
7131 Professional Pkwy. E., Sarasota, FL 34240 Map
Carolyn Griffin
Asst Director, Business Resource Center
(941) 408-1413 Office

See calendar below for workshop times offered.

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.

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