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Seniors Seeking Jobs or Changing Careers Benefit from Seminar in West Hartford

Ellen Cartledge with JETS, Nora Duncan with AARP, and Sheila Diamond with SJB presented a program for seniors at West Hartford Town Hall. Submitted photo
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Community agencies held a joint event for job-seeking seniors in West Hartford Town Hall.

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Ellen Cartledge with JETS, Nora Duncan with AARP, and Sheila Diamond with SJB presented a program for seniors at West Hartford Town Hall. Submitted photo

Ellen Cartledge with JETS, Nora Duncan with AARP, and Sheila Diamond with SJB presented a program for seniors at West Hartford Town Hall. Submitted photo

Three local non-profits joined forces recently to host a seminar for anyone over 50 who is looking for work or considering a career switch.

The recent session, held at West Hartford Town Hall, attracted 50 participants who heard presentations by representatives from AARP, Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford, and the Seniors Job Bank.

Each of the host organizations offers its own menu of services for mature job hunters.

Speaking for AARP, State Director Nora Duncan described her group’s online job search resources. She also offered advice on developing and promoting a personal brand and using online networking, resumes, cover letters, and elevator speeches. Duncan urged the audience to draw on life experiences and professional and volunteer work to create a strong resume.

Ellen Cartledge, JETS (Jewish Employment Transition Services) program manager at Jewish Family Services, highlighted the importance of having an online presence and emphasized the role of social media in job hunting. She pointed out that it is common for employers to check candidates’ reputations by following their Internet footprints. Cartledge suggested that the meeting attendees Google themselves to see and manage their profiles.

Seniors Job Bank (SJB) board member Jim Doran explained how the SJB operates a free referral service connecting people over the age of 50 who are looking for work with individuals and businesses that are in need of help. There are approximately 500 registered workers (which the SJB calls “service providers”) with a wide range of skills. They include accountants, bookkeepers, office workers, drivers, handymen, and house cleaners, to name just a few. Work assignments range from short-term projects to permanent part-time jobs. The hiring client and SJB service provider negotiate payment or wages directly. This free service is available to businesses and residents located in the area.

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