Despite the recession, county employers are looking for employees --especially senior workers.
People over the age of 55 will have a chance to meet with possible employers and learn more about the job market and "senior-friendly" positions in North County this month.
The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging has scheduled its Senior Job Network four times a year in Glen Burnie. The program, established in Annapolis in March 1990, is a service of the Senior Employment Referral Service. Starting this Wednesday, meetings will be scheduled in Glen Burnie as well as in Annapolis.
Glen Burnie job-seekers are invited to attend the first North County meeting at 2:30 p.m. at the Arundel Center North, 101 Crain Highway, first floor conferenceroom.
The program began in response to Older Worker Week in March1990.
"I started this in Annapolis, and it was simple to do. I realized many of the people I work with are from Glen Burnie, and it made sense to start one up there," said Dianne Turpin, director of the Senior Employment Referral Service.
The free meetings provide a monthly exchange for senior job-seekers and Anne Arundel County employers.
"This is a way to bring people together and a way for businesses who are interviewing to look for people. It's an information exchange. It is not a recruitment affair. It's an informal gathering," Turpin said.
Presenters this month will be Al Reid, president of Rapid Response, a mail-order prescription business, and Denise Harrison, staff recruiter of Bello Machre. Both businesses have worked with theSenior Employment Referral Service to recruit and hire older workers.
Turpin said she introduces the program and then turns the floor over to the presenters.
"They talk about their business. Participants hear the same message over and over again from presenters. They are hiring a person with a good attitude, who is flexible and who is willing to work," she said.
"What I am going to be doing is talkingto the people about job opportunities within the agency," Harrison said. "What it is. What we do and what opportunities are available forthem."
Bello Machre, a non-profit residential home for developmentally disabled adults in Glen Burnie has a "quite a few part-time jobopenings," she said.
One such position is a community living assistant. This person works with three adults and a live-in manager. Thecommunity living assistant helps residents to become more independent.
"Even if they are not interested in working at one of these businesses, they know what is expected and can get a handle on what employers are looking for when looking for a job," Turpin said.
No reservations are necessary.
Network meetings will take place in Glen Burnie the second Tuesday of January, April, July and November. All the other months except August and September, the network meets in Annapolis.
Anne Arundel County businesses interested in future presentations should call Dianne Turpin of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging's senior employment referral service at 222-7011.