How to Find Employment through the AARP Job Assistance Program

| November 7, 2010

If you are included in the growing population of unemployed individuals over the age of 50, you understand how difficult it is to find a job. Because people are healthier and living longer, many older citizens prefer to put off retirement and work well into their 70’s and 80’s. Unfortunately, with a tightening job market, many seniors are unable to find employment. Fortunately, if you qualify, you can participate in AARP’s Career Fairs with the hopes of landing a job.

Satisfy the age requirement.

In order to benefit from the AARP job assistance program or participate in the AARP sponsored Career Fairs, you must be 50 years of age or older.

Determine if AARP’s job assistance program has something that will help you. AARP offers job-hunting and career counseling. They also offer tips on networking and how to parley your experience and skill set into today’s job market demands. They provide tips on how to handle yourself on a job interview. The best part about this service is that the career counseling tips and job fairs are free of charge.

Review the list to see if there is an AARP Career Fair in your state.
AARP sponsors fairs in the states with the highest rate of unemployed older workers. In 2010 there are 19 states which include Alabama, Arizona, California, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Carolina, Tennessee and Washington. As the unemployment rates in each state changes from year to year, so will the location of the job fairs.AARP Jobs

Register for the Career Fair in your area. You can pre-register online in order to avoid having to register at the Career Fair. When you pre register, you have the option to receive information on employment opportunities in your industry.

Bring several copies of your resume
. If it’s your first exposure to a Job Fair, make sure to bring several copies of your resume as you will be meeting with several potential employers.

Tip

Sign up for an AARP membership. Although membership is not a pre-requisite for participating in the job fairs, AARP offers a host of discounts and valuable information for the over 50 population that may prove to be helpful in your time of unemployment.

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