11 Job Seeking Tips & Resources for Older Adults

August 5, 2019

Many older adults are entering or re-entering the workforce. But finding employment can be a big challenge, especially if you haven’t applied for a job in many years or don’t know how to market your experience and skills.

These resources provide practical tips on the job search process and information on where to get counseling and support for people 50+.

Use these resources to help find and secure positions that are the right fit for you.

Job-seeking tips:

  • AARP offers various tips on conducting a structured job search, and making a successful transition from one career to another. 10 Tips for Reinventing Your Career.
  • Here’s a comprehensive guide from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) that covers how to market your skills, interview tips, and more. Employment Options: Tips for Older Job Seekers, by the Eldercare Locator.
  • If you’re considering a work-at-home job, be wary of common scams. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) outlines common scams to be cautious of and how to report them. Common Work-at-Home Scams.

Individualized job counseling or training:

  • National Council on Aging’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) helps low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55+ find work. SCSEP matches eligible older adults with part-time training assignments for non-profit organizations.
  • EconomicCheckUp (of the National Council on Aging) has a Define Your Skills resource page to help you understand your strengths and interests, and find work that is right for you.
  • My Next Move offers various directories, and an assessment to help you answer the question, “What do you want to do for a living.”
  • Visit the DC Library’s Job Seekers Drop-In Clinic for staff assistance with various factors related to your job search, including online job searches, creating an email address, and more.
  • Jubilee Jobs offers many free services related to both job placement and preparation, as well as up to two years of continued support.
  • The Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington offers employment programs for older adults, including its “Career Gateway” program, which offers training, take-home materials, mentoring, and more.
  • Virginia Career Works of northern Virginia has seven Employment Centers with events, workshops, programs, and basic and individualized job seeker services.
  • Maryland’s WorkSource Montgomery’s staff provides career counseling, and helps craft individualized employment plans for you to achieve long-term employment. WorkSource Montgomery Career Services.

We wish you good luck on your job search!