The 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Group© program was created for the “forgotten job seekers” – those in the 50+ demographic who find themselves:
- unemployed for the first time in their lives and experiencing self-doubt about the future
- unemployed at just at the wrong time [college tuition, equity line, child’s wedding debt]
- under employed and cobbling together several part–time jobs to make ends meet
- retired but unfilled in their retired lifestyle
- retired but not able to afford to be fully retired and needs to work
- trying to re-enter the workforce after a lengthy employment gap
All of these individuals, regardless of the circumstances, are all dealing with the issues of age discrimination during their job search /employment process in addition to all of the challenges that anyone in career transition faces: stress, anxiety, fear, low self-esteem, self-doubt, lack of purpose, concern about the future.
Current statistics confirm that at least 85-90% of all jobs are found through networking – and this program is founded on the critical principle that if you are a job seeker and you are not networking, you are not looking for a job. Unfortunately, most job seekers, especially those in the 50+ demographic, don’t network, either because they don’t know where to start- they don’t know how to networking – and, in general, most people just feel uncomfortable networking. Networking is the key to a successful job search campaign, and LinkedIn is the most powerful networking tool available to all job seekers [and it’s free]!
The 50+ program provides 50+ job seekers with robust materials, strategies, content, and guidance to network and navigate their way through a successful job search. We teach them how to network successfully and how to use LinkedIn as an effective job search, networking and research tool during their career/life transition. We help them to overcome ageism embedded in the on-line application process and show them how to create a resume and elevator speech to combat age stereotypes.
All groups meet in a professional and comfortable setting at a designated host site and all meetings are led and facilitated by an experienced career coach or HR professional. Our meetings are biweekly, 2 hour sessions, with 1 hour dedicated to guided networking and the 2nd hour to a workshop-style presentation on a session topic of the day, directly related to job search skills and strategies [eg., resume, elevator speech, LinkedIn, networking, interviewing, etc].
Now in our 5th year of offering this vital program, we are succeeding in providing 50+ job seekers with robust materials, strategies, content, and guidance to network and navigate their way through a successful job search. We have many success stories and testimonials of gratitude from those who have attended the program!