Reaching "retirement age" doesn't always mean "ready for retirement." As Americans live longer and continue to participate in the activities and interests they have always enjoyed, our concept of retirement has changed. Many people 55 and better choose to continue working past traditional retirement age simply because they love to work, to be active and to be involved. Others seek employment because of economic necessity.
In any case, the Senior Employment Program of Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita can help mature workers find paid employment in a variety of business and in-home placements. The program is tailored specifically to those age 55+, and it is recognized throughout Sedgwick County as a valuable resource for employers seeking mature workers and the skills, reliability and experience such workers bring with them.
What can the Senior Employment Program do?
The program provides job referrals in business, industry and in-home care placements. The program is consistently regarded as the top placement program in the Wichita Business Journal. In 2011 the program placed nearly 600 people into a working environment.
Recognizing that many mature workers, especially those who have been recently laid off or who are reentering the workforce after a period of retirement, may not have the job search skills necessary to be effective job seekers in today's working environment, Senior Employment Program offers effective job readiness and support services:
Résumé Preparation: Staff will help job seekers develop résumés tailored to their abilities and experience.
Job Readiness Skills Seminars/Employment Orientation: Sessions are scheduled every other week to provide techniques to assist in the job search and to help clients maintain positive attitudes.
Basic Computer Training: Staff provides training in basic computer skills and Internet job searching in the Downtown Senior Center computer lab.
Job Club: The club meets every week to allow applicants to review job openings, update job search skills and to exchange information with others seeking employment.
Job Fair: This annual event brings dozens of area employers together to meet with job applicants to discuss job opportunities, the needs of business and industry, and the skills applicants need in the current job market.
Who is eligible?
Anyone 55 and better is eligible to become a Senior Employment Program client. All clients must complete an orientation program prior to receiving referrals or using the program’s support services.
How do I apply?
Come into the Senior Employment Program office at 200 S. Walnut, Wichita, Kansas or call 267-1771, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Who pays for the Senior Employment Program?
There is no fee to clients or to employers. The program receives partial funding from the state, Sedgwick County and United Way of the Plains. It relies on voluntary client contributions and private donations for the remainder of its budget. To donate, please click here.
SENIOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY!
If you are 55+, want flexible hours and prefer work that is one-on-one and personal, then Senior Employment's In Home Services is for you!
• Senior Employment In-Home Services