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Online resources for older workers seeking jobs

Where to find help online

Looking for work in an economic downturn can be challenging, but it’s easier today than it used to be — and that may hold truest of all for the retired set. Those who are in or near retirement and are looking for work can find online resources that may prove invaluable as the ongoing financial crisis drives many back to the workplace or keeps them there longer. Older workers steer clear of mainstream job-search websites such as HotJobs and Monster because they think their chances are better when their maturity is specifically targeted, said Scott Wingerter, chief operating officer for RetireeWorkforce.com, a job board for retired workers. “Mature workers won’t generally apply for positions [advertised] for the general population — they fear age discrimination,” he said. “So they come to boards like ours.”

Here are some online resources for retirees or anyone 50 or older looking for part-time or full-time work.

* RetirementJobs.com has more than 30,000 listings from companies specifically seeking cand idates older than 50. RetirementJobs also partners with .

* RetireeWorkforce.com also focuses on the 50-plus job cand idate. The website gets about 200,000 visitors a month, doubled from a year ago and up sharply during the financial crisis.

* RetiredBrains.com is a resource for seniors, retirees and those about to retire who are looking to find , volunteer opportunities, educational resources and retirement information.

* Retirement-Jobs-Online.com offers advice about online retirement jobs, helping retirees evaluate ways to use the Internet to find work.

* AARP offers a job search engine, at http://jobs.aarp.org, and a National Employer Team, at www.aarp.org/employerteam, which lists employers that are recruiting older workers. Most are corporations, but the website also cites three government agencies: the Internal Revenue Service, Peace Corps and the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Relief.

* Aging Workforce , at www.agingworkforcenews.com/, is not a job board but provides a useful collection of work-related links.

* BoomerCareer.com is a collection of career articles and resources targeting boomers. Visitors can search job listings and post their resumes.

* Encore.org provides news, resources and connections for individuals and organizations establishing “encore careers” designed to combine social contribution, personal meaning and financial security. Many of the jobs posted are in education, healthcare and human services.

* ExperienceWorks.org helps low-income seniors get training to find jobs in their communities.

* QuintessentialCareers.com has a comprehensive listing of job and career resources for older job seekers.

* SeniorHelpers.com, which has offices in 230 U.S. cities, hires many older workers to provide in-home personal and companion care for seniors. Caregivers’ services include help with housework, meal preparation, errand s, transportation, medication reminders and Alzheimer’s care. The pay is $8 to $12 per hour; most work an average of about 20 hours per week.

* SeniorJobBank.org is a site where older job seekers can search by category, industry or location, post resumes and register for a job-search agent.

* Seniors4Hire.org is another online career center and job bank with openings posted by businesses actively recruiting the 50-and -older population. The website also includes career resources and articles for older workers.

* WiserWorker.com enables baby boomers and older workers to search for job listings by keyword or location and provides career articles and resources plus listings of job fairs across the nation.

* YourEncore.com seeks to match retired engineers and scientists with companies looking to meet a capacity surge or fill a short-term need. include Fortune 500 firms such as Boeing Co., Eli Lilly & Co. and Procter & Gamble Co., and the retirees sometimes are brought in as temporary mentors for new hires.