3 Tips to Keep Boomers in the Job Game - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

By 2016, one in four American workers will be over 55, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (Image: Thinkstock)

Whether you’re trying to keep up with the latest in the digital space on the job (and give the twenty-somethings a reason to watch out) or utilize it in the best way possible during your job search, a basic knowledge of the most up-to-date technology is essential to complete any work-related task. Meanwhile the constant addition of new gadgets and sites to learn has added on to your already full plate.

Don’t fret! With the growing number of baby boomers set to be in the workforce beyond their retirement age comes greater resources.

Deborah Russell, the director of workforce issues at AARP, shares these three simple sources that will help you stay ahead of the curve and remain competitive in the workplace.

Take advantage of in-house training

Keep your skills sharp. “If your employer offers training, take advantage of it,” says the career expert. “More than likely it’s free and an ongoing thing.”

Go to the head of the class

Contact your local community or junior college to see what courses are being offered during the academic year. Some schools may even let you sit in on a class or two so you can determine whether it’s the right fit for you. This is a great opportunity to get updated on the latest ideas and information at little cost to you.

Frequent boomer-friendly sites, such as AARP

“We offer a whole host of resources in respect to finding a job,” says Russell. The organization keeps its 50 plus audience in mind with each article, job board posting, fact sheet and quarterly web based seminar it makes available to the scores of daily visitors. To combat the then rising unemployment rates–more than 2.2 million people 55 and older in August 2010 alone–AARP began offering a free online job service: AARP Job Search Engine. If you’re considering working for a company, but want the inside scoop on the business, you can review the nonprofit’s Best Employer’s For Workers Over 50. The company examines organizations that present policies and practices that appeal to workers 50 and over, such as training opportunities, flexible work options and competitive health and retirement benefits.

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    Janel Martinez

    With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for BlackEnterprise.com. She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina, Latina.com, Honeymag.com, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.   Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.


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