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Senior Community Service Employment Program for Unemployed over 55

This is National Employ Older Workers Week, an event scheduled annually the last full week of September, to recognize the vital role of older workers in the workforce.  The objective is to increase awareness of our older workforce segment and to develop innovative strategies to tap it. This week also showcases the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Program information from the U.S. Department of Labor: The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for older…
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Workforce50.com selected by CBSNEWS Early Show for it’s Job Squad series

As my friends from Oklahoma would say “this has been a hoot”.   A CBSNEWS producer contacted me in early Janurary requesting that Workforce50.com participate in their upcoming Early Show series on finding employment.  This series would be a 5 part series featuring 4 job seekers – a new grad, a higher income person, a person returning to the workforce and someone over 55.   Obviously CBSNEWS requested that Workforce50.com represent the over 55 segment. We eagerly and proudly jumped in to the project.  The…
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In the words of the great McEnroe, “You can NOT be serious!”

In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, age discrimination seems to be advocated as a generally accepted business practice by a professor at the Kellogg School. Frankly, I’m appalled by the statement itself and all of its dark and legal implications. “It makes sense, with revenues getting tighter and profits getting smaller, that companies are looking to cut costs. One way to do that is to get rid of senior higher-salaried employees and promote younger workers, usually at…
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National Employ Older Workers Week

Last week was the annual National Employ Older Workers Week. Numerous newspaper and blog articles were written on the topic. Many local organizations conducted older worker career fairs. I wonder just how effective these are in the current economy.  But maybe, just maybe, this economy can be an opportunity for older workers. A story I’ve told often. It was 1991 and my son Bryant graduated from Tufts University with an engineering degree. In the slow economy of that time, there…
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