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Senior Employment Program assists individuals age 50+ seeking employment
by providing support with job leads, instruction
in job search techniques and resume preparation, and by assessing
skills and abilities. An important facet of this program is providing
employers with information about the benefits of hiring older workers.
Services are provided at no charge.
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Who is eligible
Senior Employment Program helps all individuals aged 50+ years who
would like assistance with their job search.
How this program helps older job seekers
Participants in the program learn the latest in job search techniques and strategies, specifically geared to the challenges the older job seeker faces in today's labor market. Our counselors teach a variety of skills including:
current resume and cover letter writing techniques
today's job interview styles
how to handle questions about age
transitioning to a new career.
Senior Employment Program offers assistance to older workers in several ways:
Job Search Seminars
If you’re 50+ you’ve probably noticed that searching
for employment today is much different than when you looked for
your first job. Job Search Seminars can help.
At our seminars you can
learn how to:
The seminars are free to registered
- use basic computer skills and the
computer as a job search tool
- conduct an effective and successful
- target the hidden job market
- market yourself effectively to
- develop the skills to cope with the
See the Events Page for the next seminar
For more information contact the Senior
Employment Program director at
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A support and networking group for job seekers 50+
older adults to:
Join us to:
- other job seekers
- job leads
- career counseling
- job hunting tips & hints
- the latest market information
Senior Connection meets the first and third Thursdays of each month,
10:00 - 12:00 noon, at The Senior Source, 3910 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas.
- learn from experts in the field.
- hear who’s hiring and the positions
- find out from your fellow job seekers age 50+ what works.
- share your experiences and concerns.
access current job openings.
Senior Connection is free for registered
See the Events Page for the next Senior
For more information contact the Senior
Employment Program director at
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Creating or updating your resume
A resume is a reflection of you and usually
has less than 10 seconds to make an
impression on a prospective employer. The
resume is used as both a screening out and a
selection tool. Resumes that are messy,
cluttered, hard to read or too lengthy will
not be read and the opportunity to interview
will be lost. Proofread your resume
carefully to be sure everything is correct
and that there are no spelling or
typographical errors. Your resume reflects
your personal style, attention to detail and
your writing abilities.
Have your name, address and telephone
number at the top of the page. Include
your e-mail address if you have one.
Do not include career objectives. They can
be given in your cover letter. (Yes, you
should always use a cover letter!) You
might consider beginning with a brief
professional summary. Often the space can
be better used to highlight your
Project a clear and positive image of
yourself in as few words as possible, one
to two pages maximum. The resume is not a
narrative. Omit the word “I” and avoid
long rambling paragraphs.
Do not include personal information such
as height, weight, medical condition,
marital status, date of birth, hobbies,
etc. They can only serve to screen you
Do not go back more than 10-15 years or
3-4 employers under ‘Employment’ or ‘Work
List educational institutions in reverse
chronological order. It is not necessary
to list date of attendance or graduation.
Do not list references on your resume. The
statement “References Available Upon
Request” is also unnecessary.
Do not list reasons for leaving past
positions or have statements that could be
interpreted as negative.
Do not list salary history or
requirements. If salary history is
requested, note in the cover letter that
you would be glad to discuss it at an
- Carefully proofread your resume for spelling or grammatical
errors and have at least one other person proofread. It is so
easy to miss something important, and it is much better to have
a friend catch a mistake than a prospective employer.
additional information or resume assistance, contact the Senior
Employment Program of The Senior Source at 214.823.5700 or
Job interviewing tips
The thirty minutes or so that you spend in a
job interview can determine your future.
Your presentation of skills, personal
appearance and preparation for the job
interview will influence the employer’s
decision regarding offering you a position.
Be prepared to present your qualifications
and skills to the employer in a positive
manner. Mentally review your
accomplishments before the interview.
Do your homework. Learn as much as you can
about the employer and have questions
ready to ask during the interview.
Know the exact time and location of the
job interview. Arrive 10-15 minutes early
to allow time for filling out
Bring extra copies of your resume and
samples of work or other materials that
demonstrate your qualifications. Also,
bring 2 pens (same color ink in case one
remember Murphy’s Law), paper,
reference information, records of past
employment and education.
Dress neatly and wear attire appropriate
to the job for which you are applying.
Appearance contributes to the overall
impression you make and influences the
Treat everyone, including the
receptionist, cordially and with respect.
Anyone with whom you come in contact may
participate in the decision to hire you.
Smile, shake hands firmly and introduce
yourself. Maintain good eye contact. First
impressions are extremely important.
Try not to
let your hands betray nervousness by
drumming them, tapping a pencil or desk,
etc. (Body language conveys the way you
feel about yourself.)
Keep your answers focused on professional
experiences and try to stay as current as
possible. If you do not understand an
interview question, don’t be afraid to ask
Be frank if you left a job under
unfavorable circumstances or were fired.
You may want to say that it was a learning
experience. However, never make negative
references to past employers, even if the
interviewer should do so.
Don’t discuss salary or other benefits
until the employer mentions it. If the
interviewer requests what salary you
require, you may want to ask what range is
being offered and negotiate from there.
Don’t forget to ask for the job, if you
still want it at the end of the interview. You may also want to ask when the decision
to hire will be made. Thank the
interviewer for his/her time.
Send a thank you letter.
For additional information or resume assistance, contact The
Senior Employment Program of The Senior Source at 214.823.5700 or
A letter from one of our clients
The following is an unsolicited letter from a gentleman who attended the Job Skills Seminar and looked through
our job leads.
is a beautiful day for me. Why? Because thanks [to The Senior Source
staff], I found a job.
I attended the job skills seminar hosted by yourself on November 17. This seminar was very informative to me and really set the stage for me to begin a job hunt in earnest. I am 58 years old, and have been self employed in the fast food and dry cleaning industries for the past 14 years, and have virtually no computer skills...yet I found a respectable, good-paying job.
tell your future attendees to never, never give up, to listen carefully
to what you have to say, and please...use the job leads. Why?
Because I found my job by following up on a source listed in the
job leads. Miracles do happen. I am forever grateful to you
for all your help and especially to [The Senior Source staff] who
made all this possible for me."
Number of people served in 2011
In 2011, 1,768
older job seekers received comprehensive job search assistance,
individual employment counseling, and networking opportunities
through bi-weekly Senior Connection meetings. Of those receiving
individual counseling, 42% found jobs. Information about employment
and hiring older workers was provided to 1,155 individuals and
employers through community meetings and briefings.
For more information
Please contact the
Senior Employment Program Director at 214.823.5700 or