Half of the battle for seniors seeking employment is convincing potential employers that a mature age is not a drawback. The other half of the battle is convincing the seniors themselves that age doesn't matter.
Both issues will be addressed at the first Employment Fair for Mature Workers on Oct. 17 at Technology Development Center in Ventura. The fair will be the culmination of a six-week series sponsored by the Senior Employment Business Advisory Council to help seniors shift careers, find temporary employment or return to the work force.
"Because of changes in medicine and in views on aging, we have people working much longer than they ever thought they would," said Ventura Community Services Supervisor Marcia Ortiz, an organizer of the employment fair. "Seniors are an overlooked group that have so, so many skills and can be of such benefit to the business community if they gave them a chance."
Representatives from temporary agencies, home health care agencies and other employment groups are expected to participate in the job fair.
The employment council's seminar series debuted in March, offering programs on age discrimination, resume writing, employment services, Social Security earning limits, skills training and other issues affecting men and women 50 and older who are looking for work.