Looking for work? A new online tool could help you plan your next job.
The National Council on Aging recently announced the launch of Job Skills CheckUp, a virtual platform designed to give older adults job-seeking tips. The digital tool will teach older adults about building resumes and professional networks, interviewing and more.
“An increasing number of older adults need to work to cover their daily expenses,” Josh Hodges, NCOA’s chief customer officer, said in a press release. “But many face barriers when returning to work—from explaining employment gaps to learning new technologies. NCOA’s Job Skills CheckUp helps them navigate these challenges.”
The service prompts users to select job categories, rate their computer literacy and education level and more—all to help them find a job that’s a good fit for their skill set.
According to The Washington Post, Labor Department data shows that 1.5 million retirees have rejoined the workforce in the past year. Although many older adults retired early during the pandemic, before the age of 65, they’ve now unretired and are seeking employment.
And now, more than ever, older adult workers are requiring flexible working conditions.
According to an AARP survey of older adult workers, 79% said flexible hours are a requirement, and 66% said they would only accept a new job if it’s remote.
The Job Skills CheckUp is designed to help users find jobs that accommodate their preferences and requirements. The new tool is part of NCOA’s Age Well Planner.
NCOA’s Age Well Planner
The National Council on Aging is an advocacy organization that works with national and local partners to provide resources, tools and best practices to ensure the health and financial security of older adults. The organization’s Age Well Planner includes the following tools:
Job Skills CheckUp (helps older adults assess and build job skills)
Medicare Cost Estimator (shows the cost of Medicare plans and what conditions they cover)
Falls Free CheckUp (shows the risk of a fall)
Budget CheckUp (shows older adults how to manage finances)