— Are you over age 50 and currently unemployed?  Do you want your next job to be about more than just a paycheck?  The University of Connecticut Nonprofit Leadership Program is offering its seventh Encore!Hartford program beginning in March, 2016. Encore!Hartford is an intensive four-month workforce development program that assists unemployed Connecticut corporate professionals age 50 or older to transition their skills and experience into managerial and professional positions in the nonprofit sector. The program has an impressive track record, with …

— AARP is holding it’s next Virtual Career Fair on September 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.  This live event offers you a great way to re-charge a job search, meet potential employers, get timely job search advice, and connect with other job seekers. The AARP Real Possibilities Virtual Career Fair will feature employers that have signed the Life Reimagined for Work pledge, which says they value experienced workers. Experienced job seekers can learn about job opportunities from local Connecticut employers …

— Are you age 50 or older and currently unemployed or facing an uncertain employment future?  Is your job search going nowhere?  AARP understands the challenges faced by older job seekers and is launching a new 50+ Job-Seeker Series in Connecticut, featuring in-person workshops, as well as online articles and resources from AARP and local experts that can help take your job-hunting and career skills to the next level. “While finding a new job in today’s economy can be difficult for …

— Join AARP Colorado and Rick Bernstein for a 90-minute Life Reimagined Workshop on August 4, 2014, at the Scheitler Recreation Center.  Brush up on basic interview skills Learn how to answer interview questions Find out how to research employers/investors Mentally prepare for the interview process Participate in mock interviews Life ReImagined Workshop—The Interview Monday, August 4, 2014 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Scheitler Recreation Center 5031 W 46th Avenue Denver, CO 80212 Register now. Seats are limited. Register online or  …

— Illinois is one of two states that have laws penalizing older workers in company layoffs by reducing unemployment benefits for those who have Social Security income. Twelve years ago, 21 states plus the District of Columbia had such “offset” laws on the books, but most states have repealed them. AARP is pushing to repeal the Illinois law, which affects more than 17,000 workers. The law reduces unemployment benefits by 50 cents for every dollar of Social Security income workers receive. …

— Longer Unemployment and Age Discrimination Have Harmful Impact on Older Workers   Washington, DC –Today AARP applauded passage of a bipartisan agreement authored by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Dean Heller (R-NV) to reauthorize emergency unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for long-term unemployed workers and urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the bill swiftly.  Over the last 5 years, workers age 55 and older have experienced record levels of unemployment. On average, once older workers lose their jobs, …

—  — The following is a Guest Blog by CT resident and AARP Connecticut Blog contributor, Fran Trelease. Fran is the owner of Boomer Den, LLC., a company that helps boomer-age adults re-invent their careers through internships.  As part of AARP’s April Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month features, we asked Fran to share her story of how she re-invented her career by starting her own business, and is now helping others to do the same. As recently as last year, an AARP …

— By Beth Levine “I am a worker bee,” said Arlene Briere. “I like getting up in the morning, knowing I have a purpose. I enjoy helping people.” But since she was downsized from her job in the accounts receivables/payables department at a health facility in 2011, Briere, 54, of Bridgeport, hasn’t known that feeling. There have been a variety of temp jobs, but even they dried up last year. Despite sending in at least five applications a day, trying to …

— In anticipation of the start of the 2014 Legislative Session, which begins on Wednesday, February 5, AARP Connecticut today announced it’s legislative agenda of  key issues critical to residents 50 and older.  AARP legislative priorities focus on issues that help improve and maintain health and economic security for adults 50+. “For more than 50 years, AARP has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age through advocacy, education and service,” said AARP Connecticut State Director, Nora Duncan.  …

— Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy held a press conference in New Britain, CT on January 27 where he announced new initiatives designed to help unemployed workers, particularly those over age 50, find a job.  A highlight of his proposal was legislation “that will prohibit an employer or an employment agency from advertising a job opening stating that an individual must be currently employed for consideration for a position; or directing or requesting an employment agency to screen applicants based on employment status.  Unfortunately, …