How to get a DIY job done at 60 yrs. old

I am almost 60 yrs. old and I can not get a job. I don't have many quifications and need help and suggestions.

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  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 04, 2018
    Senior and Disabled Services used to have a program for older workers, and the agencies that are mandated to serve seniors have to hire a certain percentage of senior workers.
    One of our home centers also hires seniors to work the cash registers.
    Maybe consider getting some new skills, take a course or two, go to home depot and take their free home repair courses.
    When I moved here, my skills were not in demand, and after caring for my mom for years..... I became a professional caregiver.
    If you were laid off, the Unemployment Offices sometimes can help you get job training in a new skill.
    Goodwill and Salvation Army also have job training programs.
    I help disabled clients get computers for free from a local tech recycling center, they have job training programs in repairing computers and other tech skills.
    Go to job fairs.... some of the hardest jobs to fill for HR at front desk reception, cleaning staff, mail room, all jobs that don't require a lot of skills but have a high turnover rate in big companies.
    I used to have my own career counseling business..... and networking is the best way to get a job..... let all your friends and family, church members etc. know your looking..... get a business card made up with your phone and an email address if you have one.... and a couple skills/positions your looking for. You can get them real cheap online or at Office Smart/Depot, Staples, Kinkos.‎ (888) 359-0468
    Go to networking events, the local unemployment office has them, and then there are networking organizations..... see a list here to check....
    Good luck, polish up your resume.
  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 04, 2018
    Handyman, cut fire wood, clean up at mill or construction, security officer at night, drive a cab or Uber, care take older people, babysit, work at a nursery (babies or plants), yard or landscape work, give horseback riding lessons, photorapher (people portraits and weddings), greeter at Walmart, paid companion (not escort), answer the phone and take messages. What are your interests? Any hobbies? Past employment (types of jobs)? Do you have any physical limitations (like can't drive at night, lift over 40 lbs., type, etc)?
  • Dfm Dfm on Jun 04, 2018
    voulenteer for the Red Cross, other organizations. Be a nanny for after school child care.
  • Have you tried a temp agency? Or a full fledged employment agency? May be a good place to start. If you can type even a little, lots of places hire part timers. How about being a file clerk at a law firm?

    Dfm is right, volunteer too, you never know who you will meet that might be able to hook you up with a paying job.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Jun 04, 2018
    Have you considered driving a truck? If you have a good license record, they will put about anyone to work
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 04, 2018
    Don't think about driving truck, hubby drove long haul for over fifty years. Sixty is not a good time to start, you need to go to driving school, pass written and behind the wheel and then find a company that will hire you at your age with no experience. It also is NOT an easy job.
  • Ann Ann on Jun 05, 2018
    Find a store or business that interests you and start as a clerk trainee. At 60, I wanted to learn to sew and quilt so I took a job at a fabric store. Fun job, till I realized I was spending more money there than I was earning. LOL
  • Kate Hollingsworth Kate Hollingsworth on Jun 05, 2018
    If there’s a particular skill you can do (sewing, gardening, odd jobs, etc) you could try advertising on your local Facebook neighborhood page (it’s free!). Even a simple service like driving elderly to the grocery store and helping carry groceries to the car is a much needed job. Be sure to advertise a pensioner discount. All you need is your first client - exceptional customer service and manners will cost you nothing and gain you repeat business. Best of luck! xx
  • Doug Doug on Jun 05, 2018
    being a diabetic I am not able to get a CDL license.
  • Doug Doug on Jun 05, 2018
    thank you for your help.
  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Jun 05, 2018
    Some senior centers have job placement offices. Our office hired a runner that way. He was a very nice man, and added a lot to our office.
  • Dfm Dfm on Jun 05, 2018
    i'm serious about nanny thing.... my brother and i never knew our grandparents. a kind couple volunteered to be our grand parents. grandpa sr. made my cherry grandmother clock. let me do me a bit of wood working. grandpa jr. let us ride in the harvesters come fall. cool view riding in a cab almost roof top high. playing in the harvested corn -way cool.
  • Dfm Dfm on Jun 06, 2018
    become a foster grand parent. the couple i call grandma and grandpa are actually no relation to my family. learned a lot visiting their farm. riding in the harvester that was about 2 stories up from the ground? awesome for a 2nd grader. getting stinky while playing with the piglets? just plain fun.