Seniors in the Workforce: Featuring AGE

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Anna Gatti said the benefits of working part time for 20 hours a week include staying mentally and physically active.
Sorry for the short hiatus from blogging! We’re back with new and improved content! Check out this great story from the Austin-American Statesman’s Jobs section, published this last Sunday. Features AGE staffers Anna Gatti and Sara Peralta!

By Mauri Elbel Marketing Publications Writer

Published: 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010

Ed Myers will turn 80 in November but the Central Austin resident refuses to let age slow him down.

Though Myers began receiving retirement benefits at age 62, he has never stopped working. Instead, he supplements his income with three part-time jobs: he works three days a week in a sales position with local computer service company Gravity Systems and he’s a swim instructor and lifeguard at the YMCA’s Town Lake branch and a professional model for television commercials and print advertisements.

“I have always worked — I enjoy working,” said Myers, who also volunteers for the YMCA’s Friday Senior Retreat Program, a social and fitness program for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. “I like to stay busy, but I also do this to supplement our income with the economy the way it is right now.”

Myers and his wife sold their two outdoor recreation stores in Beaufort, N.C., and Jackson, Tenn., prior to moving to Austin nearly a decade ago. For seven years, he worked as a full-time marketing manager at a local architectural lighting design studio until it ran into financial trouble in 2009.

“Things have gotten more expensive, and the extra money helps us to do the things we wouldn’t be able to afford to do ordinarily, like traveling,” he said. “But I would go crazy if I didn’t work. I never really retired — you stay younger and healthier if you keep on going.”

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KXAN: Seniors are new competition for jobs

Senior Work  Solutions, an innovative company dedicated to getting seniors to work, was featured on KXAN today on their community involvement.

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Seniors are new
competition for jobs

78 million baby boomers retiring in
next few years

Senior Work Solutions

Updated: Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009, 8:35 AM CST
Published : Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009, 8:33 AM CST

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Within the next few years, 78 million baby boomers will start retiring, but with the economy taking a dive, retirement is not an option for everyone. That is why a new company has started in Austin that caters to finding seniors new employment. It is called Senior Work Solutions .

South Austin resident Dan Garrett recently signed up for the service after retiring from his job as the vice president of a food service company five years ago.

“I’m willing to work full time, doesn’t bother me a bit,” said Garrett. “I’m willing to work 20 to 40 or 50 hours a week.”

Garrett is not alone. Like many seniors who have traveled after retirement and whose kids have gone off to college, he is now saying he is bored.

“You can only play so much golf, you can only clean the house so much and you can only workout so much,” said Garrett.

Allison Jenkins and her mother Holly De Leon saw a need in the market to find jobs for seniors and started the online company Senior Work Solutions.

“The employers are really starting to catch on that they are going to be getting somebody with 20 or 30 years of experience for the same price as someone just out of college,” said Jenkins, co-founder of Senior Work Solutions.

In the six months they have been in business, 400 seniors have signed up looking for work. So far, 30 have been placed in jobs. Some are temporary jobs, while others offer full-time employment. In an economy where jobs are being cut, these days employers want to hire temporary workers, making senior citizens the new competition in an already volatile job market.

“We are out there saying to employers, ‘This pool of talent is right here in the Austin area, and you can take advantage of that talent pool,'” said De Leon, Senior Work Solutions CEO.

Senior Work Solutions is free to use. Those interested need to sign up online and than then have a sit-down interview with the founders so they can learn more about what type of job the applicant is looking for.