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Inside JEVS article - helping 55+ find work

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  • 1. Keeping up With the Needs of an Aging Workforce JEVS Helps Mature Workers to Stay in the Game JEVS Career Solutions for 55+ helps improve the quality of life for older Philadelphians who are unemployed or underemployed and seeking part- or full-time employment. Through partnerships with the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and Pennsylvania CareerLink, JEVS By 2015, people offers free career workshops, job readiness training, placement assistance, and access to a computer lab to help mature workers achieve maximum levels of employability and productivity. age 55 or older Rena Graves During her 86 years, Rena Graves has will comprise 19.2% worked in various industries. At age 70 she earned her master’s degree in theology. (nearly one in five) She then took additional courses in pastoral counseling. These accomplishments recently workers of all earned Graves an “Award to Outstanding Mature Workers” at the Mature Workers and job seekers. Task Force Breakfast in September. Graves found JEVS Career Solutions for 55+ when she was 83. She attended an orientation and job club, where staff Judy Cherry, JEVS program coordinator, reviewed her résumé and gave suggestions Bob Cabnet of Philadelphia Corporation for Reasons Why Older regarding career options. She was Aging, Rena Graves, and JEVS job developer referred to CVS and quickly hired as Marcia Rosen Workers Stay in the a retail salesperson. Graves also works Workforce as coordinator for Senior and Homeward Bound Services at Southwest Community Enrichment Center. • Stagnation or decline in pensions and defined benefit payments Barbara Massey Paul Cohen • Uncertainty in the Former trial lawyer After 29 years of Paul Cohen had working for one stock market numerous job company, Barbara interviews, but he Massey was laid off. • Insufficient savings “sensed the specter Then she found the of age discrimination” JEVS Career Solutions • Cutbacks in health and was not getting hired. After discovering for 55+ program. “It helps to be among benefits for retirees JEVS Career Solutions for 55+, where the others who are ‘dislocated workers’ staff helped him tailor his résumé to show and facing the same challenges.” • Higher educational his transferable skills, he was hired at a Barbara now works for a clinical attainment, which is Philadelphia for-profit job development staffing agency and fills some job correlated with later and service company. openings with other JEVS clients. retirement For more information Source: Looking Ahead: Philadelphia’s Aging Population in Career Solutions for 55+ 215.560.5465 x268 2015. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. January 2006. UPCOMING OPEN HOUSE: To start off the New Year, JEVS Career Solutions for 55+ will offer two free job search workshops: January 8 and 22 at 1pm at the North Philadelphia CareerLink. Call to reserve your seat today!

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