Imagine losing a well-paying job after almost 28 years, being single and over 55. I recently had a client at the Center for Women in this very situation – while on the path to retirement planning, she was suddenly knocked for a loop, leaving her with no income, no health care benefits, no job security and no idea how to secure new employment in the digital age.
There is now an abundance of older workers without adequate retirement income who need to find jobs. The labor market is tight, however, and wages for workers over 55 are actually declining. Those lucky enough to find employment are working more, earning less and even accepting pay cuts.
The Path Forward
We see this scenario at the Center for Women all too often, and the result is a loss of confidence, uncertainty about the path forward and what the future might hold. One woman who recently came for help was out of work for almost a year, feeling scared and alone. Having been told that she was too old, her mental state was at its lowest point and she needed help.
Coming to NCJW/Essex Center for Women turned her life around. She immediately took advantage of all the services provided including self-empowerment workshops, job clubs, computer classes, LinkedIn training and career counseling. She even had a visit to the NCJW/Essex Career Closet where volunteers helped to dress her in well-fitted, figure-flattering business attire to give her the added confidence to re-enter the workforce.
A Winning Experience
Armed with the benefit of these services and one-on-one career coaching, she felt empowered and eagerly applied for jobs in her field. She immediately received positive responses and interviews, landing not one, but two great jobs in less than six months. With the help of the Center, she honed her negotiating skills and evaluated the pros and cons of both offers to select the job that was most appropriate for her at this point in her life.
The job search process is daunting. Being over 55 and losing a job adds to the challenge, but with the skills, guidance and support from the NCJW/Essex Center for Women it can prove to be a winning experience that ultimately puts you at the top of your game. The programs, workshops and technology training can help boost morale and provide the skills needed in a competitive job market.
We Are Here to Help
The dedicated group of professional staff members and trained volunteers at the Linda & Rudy Slucker NCJW/Essex Center for Women assists women who wish to return to the workforce with resume writing, job coaching, interview skills training, LinkedIn and computer classes. Our services are confidential and our programs are non-sectarian and open to all women, regardless of religion. Contact us. We can help.