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AARP Expands Career Resources for Older Workers

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Sponsors 48 Career Fairs in 19 High Unemployment States

Washington, DC – In an effort to step up its drive to assist workers 50+ struggling during this time of high unemployment around the country, AARP is sponsoring multiple career fairs specifically designed to help mature job seekers in 2010. AARP will sponsor 48 career fairs in 19 states—including a special event in Atlanta on March 22—which have high unemployment rates of 10 percent or more for older workers.

The “Helping Experience Work@50+” events are free, and will offer workshops on promoting yourself at 50+, emphasizing tips and techniques for success in a competitive job market. Career counseling will be available to assist job seekers in assessing their skills to identify the best employment opportunities. Participants also will have the chance to interact with employers with job openings, as well as access to an internet café, where they can post resumes. AARP will sponsor booths at each event, promoting free online resources that provide important tips and tools to help older workers succeed in their job search.

“AARP recognizes that millions of older Americans are trying to stay employed or get back on the job for a variety of reasons,” said Deborah Russell, AARP Director of Workforce Issues. “Older workers continue to face difficult challenges in today’s economic downturn. Many retirees have been forced back into the job market, due to decimated retirement nest eggs and skyrocketing health care costs.

“AARP is sponsoring numerous career fairs, as well as creating resources and other offerings to assist older workers who need jobs for their health and financial security,” Russell added.

The announcement of new career fairs across the nation comes as high unemployment persists among older workers. The AARP Public Policy Institute recently reported that the February unemployment rate for age 55+ workers remained higher than in any month since the late 1940s. In addition, 55+ unemployed workers spend a longer time that other groups looking for work, with an average of 35.6 weeks.

AARP is hosting the career fairs in collaboration with The Employment Guide, a leading national marketing services company that sponsors job fairs nationwide. Job seekers may register for specific fairs at www.aarp.org/realrelief or call toll-free 1-888-321-5349. Participating employers, which must have job openings available at the time of the event, will include members of AARP’s National Employer Team, clients of the Employment Guide and other companies targeting boomers and older job seekers for job openings.

AARP maintains a variety of programs to help workers 50+. In addition to career fairs, AARP conducts web-based seminars for job seekers; sponsors the National Employer Team, which connects job seekers with employers; honors Best Employers for Workers Over 50; and, offers online job counseling. In addition, the AARP Foundation provides a variety of direct services to help mature workers at or below the median income through its WorkSearch website. For more information on the programs mentioned above, please visit www.aarp.org/realrelief.

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