Monday, May 08, 2006

Reverse Job Fairs for Older Workers

A “reverse” job fair has been held at the Metro Career Center in San Diego, at which job seekers 55 and older stood by while employers approached them to check job qualifications and to talk. The event was put on by Community Options, a federally funded group that has a program to help low-income older people with job training and placement, and by the Oasis Institute, a private nonprofit organization partially funded by a grant from AT&T that helps older individuals with career and education opportunities.

According to an article by Michael Kinsman, Community Options and Oasis teamed up to coach the workers on job-search skills and some personal computer training over a four-month period so they would qualify for a variety of jobs. Charlotte Tenney, a Community Options senior employment counselor said “We thought it might make a difference to teach job candidates how to sell themselves to the employer.” Tenney came up with the idea of having employers approach individuals: “We really wanted to try something different.”

Source:"At this job fair, older workers waited for employers to visit" San Diego Union-Tribune (May 7, 2006)

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