Looking for a job? Try the Career Center first

Posted 12/6/17

When people over 50 need a job, they tend to look for help in all the wrong places. One of the first questions I always ask is, “Have you been to the Career Center?” A surprising percentage of jobseekers say no. One lady told me that she wasn’t trying to get unemployment check, but a job.

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Looking for a job? Try the Career Center first

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When people over 50 need a job, they tend to look for help in all the wrong places. One of the first questions I always ask is, “Have you been to the Career Center?” A surprising percentage of jobseekers say no. One lady told me that she wasn’t trying to get unemployment check, but a job.

The “Unemployment Office” is a name the Alabama Career Centers have struggled with for years. It’s true, people do go there to sign up for unemployment, but the services offered at the Career Center are vital for jobseekers of any age.

Specialists at the Career Center are trained to help people do all the things necessary to find a job. Many older works have skills that aren’t that helpful in today’s job market. They can help people find training that can mean the difference in the workplace of today and tomorrow.

They have access to state grants, and other sources of funding to help people get back in school. They can point people toward apprenticeship programs where they can learn new skills with hands-on experience.

For many people, it’s a matter of putting their knowledge, skills, and experience into a resume for potential employers to see.

Finding work after 50 is not as hopeless as many people believe. Seventy-eight people that I’ve worked with in the BTW 50+ program in the last three years found jobs. That number would have been much greater had more people taken advantage of the resources available to them for free.

I made an appointment with Michael Bradier to get a profile checkup. I like keeping my profile current just in case I were to need to start searching for a job. I also needed to be able to tell my candidates about the process. Mike went over my profile with a fine-tooth comb and helped me make several changes to my work experience. He also gave me a list of great ideas on how to approach job searching. I help others with these kinds of things daily, but the Career Center is the “go-to” place to find solid advice on how to find a job.

If you’re out of work and looking for meaningful employment, do yourself a favor and stop by the Career Center on Viking Drive in Jasper. There are jobs out there and a good first step is having a solid profile and resume that shows employers what you have to offer.

Rick Watson is the Coordinator of BACK TO WORK 50+ at Bevill State Community College. You can contact him via email at rick.watson@bscc.edu. You can register for a free workshop by calling 855-850-2525.