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Job Hunting 2.0

AARP Illinois Blog - Job Hunting 2.0Hello again from Allie the intern!

My dad is on the job hunt.

I know what you’re thinking: so what? In this economy, he joins many millions on this ever-changing quest (including his daughter). But he’s in a particularly tricky situation.

An accident in September of 2009 left my dad with a crushed left hand. After six surgeries (and probably more in the future) with the best hand surgeon in Chicago, his hand lost the ring finger and has extremely limited dexterity, mobility and sensitivity. He deals with constant pain, and thanks to extensive nerve damage, a severe problem dealing with cool, let alone cold conditions. He was a multiple Emmy-award winning television cameraman for 30 years and ran his own freelance business…but now he can never be a professional videographer again. In the 3+ years since the accident, the freelance company quietly folded as he was forced to send work elsewhere.

Needless to say, my dad has a resilient spirit. He’s very much looking forward to working again, which he was unable to do while dealing with multiple surgeries, seemingly endless occupational therapy sessions, procrastinating insurance companies and a highly impersonal legal system. So, he’ll be cleared to work soon – what will he be able to do? This is not a friendly economy for a disabled older worker with a very specific background.

That’s where AARP comes in.  Our new Life Reimagined and Possibilities tools are meant for just such an occasion. As part of our Work Reimagined spotlight, I hope to follow his journey as a blog series right here. Welcome to the very first entry!

I would bet that there are a lot of folks out there who are in a similar position to my dad – looking for work with no tools, no resume, and not a particularly diverse realm of experience. How do you even begin the job hunt? Here are my tips:

I’ll be recommending my dad start with these. Perhaps we’ll be able to figure out something he’d like to do now! The world is his oyster – and it’s yours, too.

What skills are you discovering you want to pursue? Leave us a comment below! (And stay tuned as my dad plunges into the job world headfirst!)