Once upon a time (please bear with me _ I still love to tell a story), there was a woman who loved to help other people. Although she enjoyed helping other people, she also needed to financially support herself, so she decided that she would find a job where she could assist people.
Forty years ago, before she married and raised her family, she had a job working in an office. Could she do this type of work again after such a long break? Where would she go to find a job?
The most visible places to find a job are the employment advertisement or classified section of the newspaper, Florida Jobs and Benefits Office or private personnel agencies.
But this woman heard from a friend that there were special agencies in the Tampa Bay area that did nothing but help mature adults find employment or training leading to permanent employment. These special agencies have contact with a variety of work resources in the community. Moreover, many employers in the community contact these special agencies with specific requests for mature workers.
So the woman called one of these special agencies _ there are six in the Greater Tampa Bay area and others in the surrounding counties, too. The woman spoke with someone on the telephone who was pleasant. She obtained some basic information and was asked to come in for a more complete interview. The woman completed her interview and found a job. She couldn't wait to tell her friends how happy she was to have found a job helping other people.
For information on these special agencies that can assist you in finding employment, call Green Thumb Inc. at (813) 744-6000; Working Seniors at (813) 272-5321; AARP at (813) 253-0909. For assistance in Spanish, call Project AYUDA at (813) 870-3172.
Eligible participants must qualify by being 55 years of age or older, a resident of Hillsborough County and meet income guidelines. These programs are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Job Training Partnership Act and the State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
This monthly column is provided by the Area Agency on Aging for Hillsborough County. It is written by local experts and members of the agency's board. Charmaine Andrews is an older worker specialist at Green Thumb Inc.