The National Council on Aging (NCOA) recently launched JobSource, a new online job portal designed to help older adults in the job seeking process. The site will aid older job seekers by helping them assess their work skills, identify job training opportunities, and find employment.
According to NCOA, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 1.8 million adults aged 55+ were actively seeking employment in March. Nearly half of older workers looking for jobs have been unemployed for more than a year, NCOA said.
“For many older Americans, employment is necessary to remain financially secure, healthy, and independent,” said Nora Dowd Eisenhower, senior vice president of economic security at NCOA. “But as industries and workplaces evolve, it is vital that older adults acquire the skills that can keep them competitive.”
Key features of JobSource include:
- Quick job match system that enables users to assess their work interested and transferable skills
- Registration on the site to earn job skills certifications
- Enrollment in more than 30 free online courses
The new portal is just one of a suite of online tools from NCOA aiming to help older adults improve their economic security. NCOA’s BenefitsCheckUp® is a free online screening service that offers information on thousands of programs available to assist older adults in paying for health care, prescriptions, food, and other necessities. Home Equity Advisor helps older homeowners evaluate when and how they may want to use their home equity to age in place.
The JobSource site is a product NCOA and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s partnership. Additionally, NCOA and the Bank are working with local agencies in New Jersey, New York, San Francisco, and Virginia to assist low-income older adults with accessing holistic services to maximize their economic security.