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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - For many seniors today, retirement is no longer an option. Since the end of the recession, the number of seniors in the workforce has increased significantly leaving many on the hunt for jobs.
"People are working longer," said Knox County's Office on Aging Director, Susan Long. "The old, 'I'm 60-years-old. I'm not going to work anymore.' is not true."
Those seniors are entering a job market unstable even for those in their prime. That's why the Office on Aging is working to find employers willing to opt for the older generations.
Its annual Spring Seniors Job Fair helps put able seniors, 50 years and up, in front of those employers.
"That's one of the requirements," said Long. "We just say if you want to be at the job fair and be an employer you don't have to pay anything you just have to come down and agree to interview and hire one senior."
One of those employers is Sharon Tallent at East Tennessee Personal Care Service.
"We're always hiring caregivers." said Tallent. "We provide care from four hours a day to 24 hours a day. If we fill a 24-hour case in the home with caregivers, we automatically need six people to fill that position."
If you weren't able to make it to this job fair, the CAC hosts another one in the fall. In the meantime, they have several resources that can help you prepare.
"Here at the Office on Aging we offer seminars," said Long. "We help with resumes. We meet one on one with people."
The center says they can help with everything from the application process to the interview, or whatever it takes to arm seniors with the tools to once again succeed in the workforce.
The next job fair is set for the first week of October.
For more information on the Office on Aging's other employment services, click here.