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Experts to help women 50 and older access a changing workforce

Career, employment, and image communication experts will convene at the DoubleTree Hotel in Skokie at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 for Getting Older, Getting Hired, an event designed to assist women “age 50-strong” gain employment in an evolving marketplace.

Presented by JVS Chicago in partnership with Dress for Success Worldwide, The Image Studios and the Chicago Chapter of AARP, the event will addressthe changing landscape of the U.S. population and frame the unique challenges and opportunities for women jobs seekers.  It will offer specific and tangible strategic tools to women who are currently experiencing long-term unemployment and under-employment.  With the help of experts in the field, Getting Older, Getting Hired willexamine how the attitudes ofjob seekers and prospective employers can form barriers to the workplace or the keys to entry.

According to a CNN Money report, unemployed workers in their 50s are 20 percent less likely to become re-employed than workers ages 25-34.  Getting Older, Getting Hired addresses issues that will impact workers far into the future and reconnects employers to a valuable talent pool.

"Overlooking this age group in talent acquisition initiatives limits companies' employment options by roughly 33 percent, and that is a huge loss," said Linda Wolfe, Director of Career Moves at JVS Chicago, which provides career counseling, coaching and training for job seekers.  “There are many myths and misconceptions regarding continuing professionals and the value this group has to offer.”

Getting Older, Getting Hired will share the transformational experiences of three women who worked with JVS Chicago and its partners, Dress for Success Worldwide and The Image Studios over a 10-week period.  

“Dress for Success Worldwide is excited to partner in the Getting Older, Getting Hired event as we seek to empower all women to rise above their circumstance and achieve self-defined success,” said Amanda Flott Kinsey, Director of Operations for Dress for Success Worldwide - Central.  “This network of confident women will bring attention to the need for change and equal professional opportunities for women of all ages.”

Kali Raoul, founder of The Image Studios, a Chicago-based personal brand and image communication consultancy, described Getting Older, Getting Hired as “a rare opportunity to experience the impact of diverse, like-minded organizations coming together to deliver valuable tools, education and support to a sorely underleveraged workforce demographic.”

JVS and partners will unveil the results of this comprehensive, guided approach to enhancing skill sets and talent, developing a positive attitude and elevating personal presence and visibility through personal brand alignment.

The evening’s expert presenters will include Linda Wolfe, Director, Career Moves at JVS Chicago;  Arlene Wanetick, Career Counselor, JVS Chicago;  Terri Worman, Associate State Director, AARP Illinois;  Kali Raoul, Founder of The Image Studios, and Amanda Flott Kinsey, Director of Operations/Central, Dress for Success Worldwide.  

Getting Older, Getting Hired sponsors include the DoubleTree by Hilton and the Skokie Chamber of Commerce.

Admission to Getting Older, Getting Hired is free, but reservations are required.  For more information, email sandrasaltzman@jvschicago.org,call 847-745-5482 or register at www.jvschicago.org.

Posted: 12/30/2013 2:48:43 PM
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