Labor Day is No Picnic for the Unemployed

labor day picnic

Labor Day isn't the easiest holiday for the millions of folks who are unemployed.

For family and friends of people who are jobless, being unsure of  what to say - or not say - is tough as well (the link has some good advice).

It's an especially difficult time for people who haven't had to job-hunt in years, and for workers with multiple decades of experience who often face age bias. AARP has resources to help on topics from decoding job listing jargon to jump-starting your job hunt.

How social media can help (or hurt) your job search. Once upon a time networking used to refer to making face-to-face connections. Now it's all about leveraging your extended network (not just who you know, but who your contacts may know). This article is a primer on how LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can be useful in your job search. If you've been reluctant to dip your toe into LinkedIn, this post may convince you (also try the free " LinkedIn 101" webinars for newbies). If you're on LinkedIn already, check out Turbo-Charge Your Job Search with LinkedIn Groups.

Free Webinar: Social Media Basics to Support Your Job Search. Overwhelmed by the different ways to search for jobs online? Want to get started on LinkedIn but not sure where to begin? A  free webinar AARP offered recently will be available for online mid-month.

Resources for experienced workers on job-hunting, changing careers and more: Find job-hunting articles and resources on our web site and learn about  Work Reimagined, which connects job seekers with  employers who have  job openings - and who have committed to level the playing field for experienced workers. Also see past winners of our Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Awards. You can also find useful information if you're looking to change careers, be your own boss, or want part-time work.

If you're one of the ones lucky enough to be employed as another Labor Day comes and goes, please share this post with others who aren't as fortunate. Let's all hope the employment picture brightens before next September.

Are you on Twitter? Follow @AARPMoney for information on job-hunting, changing careers and of course...saving money.  

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Thomsen via Flickr Creative Commons

Search AARP Blogs

Related Posts
December 13, 2016 03:31 PM
This is a wonderful time of the year to relax, recharge and refocus before the new year begins. It’s also an ideal time for family and friends to gather to catch up, and for you to reflect and begin to focus on your 2017 goals, particularly as they relate to your career. Whether you’re employed and searching for a new job or unemployed and seeking a job, now is the perfect time to develop your execution plan. Here are a few pointers to help you get focused and stay ahead in your job search.
September 08, 2016 03:31 PM
Are you seeking a career change or a new job? If so, plan to attend  AARP’s Virtual Career Fair, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The fair will feature employers from across the country.
March 11, 2016 10:58 AM
Are you looking for a new job or considering a career change? Many experienced workers share the sentiment that navigating today’s job market is not as easy as it was perhaps 20 years ago. In the world of social media and job hunting online, it can become even more difficult to navigate the myriad social and professional platforms. It may require you to regroup, get reenergized and rework your job search plan.