Goodwill presents program for older job seekers returning to the workforce

‘2016: Possibilities for Older Workers’ to help seniors with self-esteem, networking, social media and more

Published Tuesday, January 5, 2016

SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota invites seniors seeking to return to the workforce to a three-hour job search workshop called “2016 Possibilities for the Older Worker.” The program takes place on Tuesday, January 19, 9am-1pm at Goodwill Manasota’s Corporate Campus Job Connection office (2705 51st Ave. E, Bradenton).

The workshop will be led by Judy Rosemarin, executive coach and founder of Sense-Able Strategies, Inc. “2016: Possibilities for Older Workers” is a brand-new, customized program designed exclusively for older men and women who are returning to work or need to change jobs and keep bumping into obstacles during their job search. The workshop will explore the myths of being an older worker, challenge limiting beliefs that hinder the possibility of finding a job, assert the importance of social media, discuss how to maximize an individual’s strengths, and offer tips and techniques on how to interview with confidence.

The workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to build or repair self-esteem, learn how to network effectively, understand the realities of ageism, or discover the power of social media. Each participant will have the opportunity to role play with other participants to practice their presentations and get useful feedback from cohorts. The class will be composed of lecture and small group discussions as well and interactive conversations about the fears and the realities, the pitfalls and possibilities, of finding a job as an older worker.

“Our mission at Goodwill is to change lives through the power of work. We work to lower or remove barriers for all who are seeking new opportunities through a new job or career,” said Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky. “We have a large population of older adults who have many gifts to offer the local workforce. Workshops like this one can help to update the skills of seniors and provide the confidence they need to pursue employment successfully.”

Rosemarin is the co-author of “Becoming an Exceptional Executive Coach: Use Your Knowledge, Skills and Intuition to Help Leaders Excel.” She is a faculty member of iCoachNewYork, a pre-eminent coach training organization that offers a Professional Coaching Program at the Zicklin School of Management at Baruch College in New York City.

This program is free and open to the public but space is limited. Call Becky Lee at (941) 355-2721, ext. 160 for more information or to register.

About Goodwill Manasota

Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2014, Goodwill Manasota served more than 16,000 people, placed 680 people in jobs and assisted 520 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 39 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit