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Seniors Job Bank Fills Positions … For Itself!

Linda Guzzo (left) has been named executive director of the Seniors Job Bank. Pictured with Board President Bernie Weiss (right). Courtesy photo

The Seniors Job Bank, headquartered in West Hartford Town Hall, has named a new executive director and program assistant.

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The Seniors Job Bank, the nonprofit community resource that connects men and women over 50 looking for work with businesses, households, and other employers in need of workers, has named Linda Guzzo, Ed.D, R.D. its executive director. Mary Volpe, M.S. has also joined the organization, as program assistant.

Guzzo and Volpe are both West Hartford residents.

Seniors Job Bank President Bernie Weiss said, “I’m delighted, grateful – and relieved – that the intense efforts of our Board’s Search Committee has delivered these key staff members.”

Guzzo has over thirty years of experience in higher education, corporate learning and development, and community engagement in the public and private sectors. Most recently, at Capital Community College she was dean of Workforce Development, Continuing Education, Career Services, and Community Outreach. She led the establishment of the Leadership, Excellence, Achievement and Development Center, a program providing workforce and professional development training, career and other support services to more than 3000 people. “My background in management and my passion for helping companies and workers reach their employment goals is a great fit with the mission of the Seniors Job Bank,” Guzzo said.

Volpe has also served in positions involving career development and technology training, community outreach, and marketing.

Established in 1974, the Seniors Job Bank maintains a registry of approximately 450 job seekers, offering an extensive range of skills, talents, and abilities, blue- and white collar. When a business manager or homeowner alerts SJB to a job opening, the opportunity is communicated to the job seekers on its registry. Contact information for job seekers expressing interest in the position is sent by the Seniors Job Bank to the employer, who evaluates the candidates, and after selecting one, negotiates the terms of the assignment: duties, hours, compensation, etc. with him or her.

The Seniors Job Bank charges no fees, to job seekers or employers, to use its service. The organization is supported by philanthropic grants and donations from individuals, families, and businesses.

Many jobs arranged through the Seniors Job Bank are part-time, temporary, or one off projects. But others are long term or become regular repeat engagements. Commercial and professional firms commonly turn to SJB when they need office administrators, bookkeepers, receptionists, and information technology expertise, among many other types of tasks. Residential clients often use SJB to locate gardeners, companions, pet sitters, and tradespeople to handle household repair and maintenance projects.

Although the Seniors Job Bank’s office is in the West Hartford Town Hall, its assistance is available to job seekers and employers throughout the greater Hartford region. To register as a job seeker or find one to tackle a job, commercial or domestic, call the Seniors Job Bank at 860-521-3210, email [email protected], or visit www.seniorsjobbankct.org.

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