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May 13

Part-Time Jobs for Older Workers

Posted in Career Article, News, Workforce Issues/Update at 10:24 am

“Your company won’t always take care of you. So you’ve got to take care of yourself.” That sobering advice, from syndicated career advice columnist Jim Pawlak, is hitting home with an increasing number of men and women who were raised to believe that doing a job well translates into a lifetime of security but instead find that job security is rare. 

Older workers are discovering this firsthand. Though workers older than 45 make up 25 percent of the workforce, they represent 35 percent of the long-term unemployed. And the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC, says that while some laid-off older workers find comparable jobs, many accept pay cuts of up to 20 percent just to return to work. 

The good news is that older workers may have fewer financial obligations than younger colleagues. Children are out of college, and homes may be paid for.

For these men and women, a part-time job may be an answer, although it will probably mean taking a more junior position, because, as Pawlak notes, there are no part-time positions in management. Part-time jobs are more likely to be lower-level positions in industries like retail and healthcare. And even for these positions, older workers must still brush up on computer skills and evaluate whether they need to expand their skill sets. But with a bit of insight and creativity, older workers can land part-time jobs that provide stimulation and challenges — and pay more than minimum wage. 

Flexibility Can Pay Off

Steve Reilly spent three decades in information technology, but when work in that field dried up, he turned to real estate. He enrolled in the necessary courses, researched firms in his area, and sold himself as someone with both technical and organizational skills. “It’s different than getting paid for work every day,” he says. “But I love the challenge of helping people -– not organizations –- deal with problems.”

 Michael, who asked that his last name not be used, had to dumb down his resume to get work in a Phoenix frame shop. Thirty years of hiring engineers and running MIS projects priced him out of similar work in a stagnant field flooded with younger, cheaper employees. So he turned to his earlier background as an artist, called himself a high school graduate and landed a job.

His hours vary, but he’s made himself valuable because he volunteers to work any shift. He’s earning less than he once did, but he’ll soon be a manager.

Dave Harrison and his wife, Marianne, were also looking for work. They weren’t laid off, but after retiring in their late 50s and moving to Florida, they wanted to work again. In their new community, they networked and asked everyone they met for advice. They applied for full-time positions. When granted interviews, they offered to work part-time to help prospective employers save money.

Eventually, Marianne got her job as an aide in an academic office that way. Dave’s job as an assistant in the office of a youth sports organization was advertised as part-time. 

The key is that “we took jobs where the tasks were less than we could handle, and the pay was less than we hoped to earn,” says Dave Harrison. “We knew if we got our foot in the door, we would earn our way to more responsibility and more pay.” They set a target of one year to prove to their employers that they could do more than they were hired for and should be compensated accordingly. 

They proved themselves indispensable. In less than a year, Marianne was managing logistics for a graduate MBA program while her husband became executive director of a 1,200-player program.

“No one would hire us part-time at a salary we deserved,” he says. “We had to prove our value during the first year, and swallow our pride about wages.” 

Advice for Older Job Seekers

Dave Harrison recommends a few strategies for older workers who are looking for work:

  • Examine all potential job opportunities, full-time and part-time.
  • Accept less-than-desirable assignments.
  • Give an employer more than expected.
  • Give an employer enough time to appreciate your contributions before asking for more compensation

Lastly, he stresses the importance of working in a nonbureaucratic environment. “You want a place that is small enough so that one person’s efforts can be seen and acknowledged,” he says.

Mar 31

Employment Skills Youth Job Fair

Posted in Job Center, News, Recruitment at 9:16 am

Join us as we explore current trends & topics and answer YOUR questions about entering the World of Work!

 Topics include:

  • Preparing for Employment
  • Employer Expectations
  • The Online Job Hunt
  • The Influence of Social Media
  • College Opportunities

 Tuesday, April 26, 2011 from 9:00am t0 2:30pm

at the Manitowoc County Job Center


Reservation IS Required!


 Call: 920.683.4675


email: for more details


Sponsored by:

  • The Manitowoc County Job Center

Funded by:

  • the Bay Area Workforce Development Board
  • the State of Wisconsin-Department of Workforce Development

under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Jan 11

America’s best and worst job markets

Posted in News, Workforce Issues/Update at 2:49 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As 2011 gets under way, Washington, D.C. — flush with government and government-supporting jobs — has the healthiest labor market among major U.S. metro areas. By one estimate, there’s roughly one advertised job opening for every unemployed worker in the D.C. region, which includes parts of Maryland and Virginia. The nation’s capital has an unemployment rate of just 6 percent, according to the latest data. That’s the lowest among the country’s largest 50 metros, and 3.4 percentage points below the national average. 

Of course, Washington’s status as America’s best job market could change if Congress slashes government spending, as many Republicans have pledged. But it won’t be as bad as the situation in Las Vegas, the worst major metro area in which to go job-hunting these days. Bucked by the real estate bust and downturn in tourism, Sin City’s unemployment rate is 14.3 percent. A year prior, it was 12.5 percent. In Vegas there are more than eight unemployed workers for every job opportunity posted online, according to the monthly Job Search Difficulty Index compiled by job search engine 

These two metro areas top Forbes’ 2011 lists of America’s Best and Worst Job Markets, which provide a current snapshot of labor markets across the country. The areas with the most promising employment situations — at least for now — tend to be government hubs like D.C.; Austin, Texas; Oklahoma City; and Hartford, Conn. In fact, six of our top 10 job markets are state capitals.

 ”State governments haven’t necessarily been hiring in large numbers, but they haven’t been laying off,” says Brendan Cruickshank, vice president at New York City-based Recent jobs reports released by the U.S. Labor Department highlight that, national, employment in the health care sector and temporary work has also trended upward in recent months. 

The metro areas that have fared worst: those where construction and real estate, tourism and manufacturing have played a large part in economic growth. Think Miami, Orlando and Detroit. But just as state spending can buoy employment in some capitals, state budget problems can also weigh heavily on unemployment. In Sacramento, Calif., for example, the unemployment rate in November (the most recent month for which data is available) was 12.6 percent. By’s estimates there are more than five job-seekers for every job posted online in Sacramento. The state’s budget crisis has a widespread effect; we count four California metro areas — San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Riverside — among the tough areas in the country to find work. 

To compile our 2011 lists of America’s Best and Worst Job Markets, Forbes relied equally on the latest metro unemployment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and on’s monthly Job Search Difficulty Index for Major Cities. Moody’s provided additional analysis for the trends in each labor market on our lists.

The BLS data show the percentage of people are not able to find a job among those who are actively looking for work.’s index culls as many as 4 million job listings from other online job search engines and compares those openings to BLS’ unemployment figures for each metro. The index shows how many job-seekers there are per opening. We examined only the 50 largest metros, since big cities are most likely to offer the greatest opportunities for employment. 

With a 7.8 percent unemployment rate, Baltimore, Md., enjoys some of the government spillover from Washington, D.C., less than an hour away. The military’s base realignment plans are also expected to bring more jobs to Baltimore, which also has a thriving research and health care sector, thanks to Johns Hopkins University.

Aside from being the capital of Texas, Austin has a number of assets that have helped it weather the economic downturn: It’s a state capital and major convention center, home of the University of Texas and a tech hub. In October local officials announced that the area will become home to a new Eco-Merge Green Corporate Center devoted to producing new technologies. reports that in December there were 2.39 job-seekers for every online posting in Austin. 

Orlando, Fla., is among the 10 worst job markets in America, with an unemployment rate of 11.9 percent and 4.27 job-seekers per available position. 

Boston, where the unemployment rate is 7.4 percent, is another state capital bolstered by the tech, health care and education sectors. According to Moody’s, state budget problems and a restructuring in the financial services sector could weaken Boston’s growth in the short run, but it’s expected to pick up by the end of the year.

Even if a metro area appears on our list for worst job markets, it’s not necessarily doomed to high unemployment forever. For example, although San Diego, which leans heavily on the defense sector for jobs, could be affected by military budget cuts, a future focus by the Pentagon on the Asia-Pacific region could also provide a long-run boost to the area. For now, however, San Diego’s unemployment rate remains at 10.4 percent, above the national average. 

Miami, where there were more than nine job-seekers per posted opening in December, is still struggling to recover from the real estate bust. But in the coming months a boost in trade (due to the region’s close ties with Latin America) and tourism could bring a swift reversal of fortune. “Miami’s recovery will be among the fastest in the nation, housing issues notwithstanding, says a recent analysis by Moody’s 

Creating jobs in 2011 will be the top priority for the new crop of policymakers who just took office across the country. The task is made easier by stock markets that are now trading at two-year highs and temporary certainty around tax rates, which businesses like. But tight state budgets could provide a hurdle for some metros as they recover. Every lawmaker in the land is aware that national unemployment has been near 10 perent since 2009. They’ve got their work cut out for them.

Dec 06

Don’t Let Workplace Stress Ruin Your Holidays

Posted in News at 1:32 pm

In today’s 24/7 connected world, Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to switch off from the stresses of the workplace, according to the American Psychological Association. A 2006 APA survey found that work is the number one cause of stress for Americans and almost 1/3 report having trouble balancing their work and family lives.
A generation ago, taking time off for family and friends at the end of the year meant leaving your work responsibilities back at the office. Today, thanks to cell phones, faxes, email, BlackBerrys and the like, work frequently intrudes on our personal lives even during the holidays. In fact, 83% of email users admit to checking their email daily even when on vacation. Constant use of technology can add to the stress of an already hectic time. Increased stress can push people toward unhealthy coping behaviors such as smoking, comfort eating, inactivity, and abuse of drugs and alcohol. It can also ruin the fun of the holidays for you and your family.
The APA offers these strategies for managing work-related stress during the holidays: Know your stress signals. Recognize how you deal with stress. Turn off technology. Keep a “To-Do” list. Find healthy ways to manage stress. Take care of yourself. Ask for professional support if it just proves to be too much. Article from National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.

Nov 30

What Job Seekers Are Looking For in a Job

Posted in News at 1:44 pm

Saving the environment may be nice, but when it comes to looking for a new job, most people still put opportunities for advancement and more leadership reponsibility ahead of things like working for an “ecologically friendly” company or having a shorter commute. According to a survey by JobFox, a short commute was ranked 13th on the list of things job seekers looked for, and a “green ” employer was ranked 18th. Advancement opportunity was the number one thing job seekers sought, followed by leadership responsibility and work/life balance.

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