SOURCE: RetirementJobs.com

August 14, 2008 08:50 ET

AARP Expands Online Career Services for 50+ Workers With RetirementJobs.com Relationship

50+ Workers Have Access to Expert Career Advice and Job Search Engine Highlighting Age Friendly Employers

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - August 14, 2008) - In response to the aging of America's workforce and the most serious economic downturn in years, AARP is broadening its online career services for 50+ workers through a new collaboration with RetirementJobs.com. This new service will provide mature workers the opportunity, at www.aarp.org/jobs, to search for full time, part time and flexible jobs from age friendly employers.

The new online venture will allow AARP's nearly 40 million members and others to have direct access to RetirementJobs.com's job search tools at no cost. As part of this new collaboration, RetirementJobs.com and AARP will identify employers that maintain policies, practices and programs consistent with employment of people age 50 and older based solely on their proficiency, qualifications and contribution. Additionally, Bob Skladany, RetirementJobs.com's vice president of research and chief career counselor, columnist and blogger, will bring his expertise as an online career coach to AARP.org.

"Given that nearly half of AARP's members are currently working, our new collaboration with RetirementJobs.com will add great breadth to AARP's career site by providing our members opportunities to find job openings and transition into new jobs," said Deborah Russell, AARP's Director of Workforce Programs. "We are equally delighted that Bob Skladany will be bringing his job-seeking and recareering expertise to AARP members and other 50+ Americans."

"We are committed to working closely with AARP to meet the growing career needs of people over 50," said Tim Driver, CEO of RetirementJobs.com. "There is a unique opportunity in the years ahead for our organizations to have a real impact, helping people make a life change and achieve greater overall personal satisfaction and financial security."

In addition to being the exclusive job search engine provider for AARP's Career site, RetirementJobs.com will offer advice to individuals entering or reentering the workforce via Skladany's contributions to AARP's The Water Cooler (www.aarp.org/thewatercooler), an online discussion group about career issues and AARP's blog, ShAARP Session (www.shaarpsession.org).

The online collaboration comes on the heels of an AARP economic survey(1) (May, 2008) that found that 81 percent of all Americans ages 45 and over say the economy is in fairly bad or very bad condition. The survey showed that more than one in four older workers (27 percent) say they postponed plans to retire because of the recent downturn. Additional AARP research found that nearly eight in 10 Boomers said that they planned to work into their retirement years. Recent AARP surveys have found that those planning to work into their retirement years primarily are doing so to earn needed, additional income, maintain health benefits or, in some cases, to remain active and gain personal enrichment.

AARP's new relationship with RetirementJobs.com, part of the extensive expansion of its online career services, also comes at a time when 50 plus workers are playing an increasingly important role in the labor force. Fifty and over workers already represent 28 percent of the workforce, and projections show that, by 2016, that figure will jump to 33.5 percent, more than one in three in the labor force.

AARP is committed to helping its members and others find jobs through a variety of resources. The Association connects 50+ workers with employers who recognize the value of experience and skills through the National Employment Team (www.aarp.org/employerteam). National Employment Team employers undertake a detailed application process to demonstrate their interest in hiring mature workers. AARP also offers tips and tools on how to successfully transition into new job opportunities through www.aarp.org/money/work/.

About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 33 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's 39 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

About RetirementJobs.com®

As the #1 career website for job-seekers aged 50+, RetirementJobs.com provides opportunity, inspiration, community and counsel to people over 50 seeking work to match their lifestyle. The company's powerful, easy-to use job board lists thousands of openings for experienced employees seeking work with a Certified Age Friendly Employer™. Founded in 2005, RetirementJobs.com is a strong public advocate and a catalyst to help employers retain, hire, and benefit from an experienced workforce. Its website also offers vital information and inspiration for older workers, including advice, news, success stories, and podcasts. For more information, visit www.retirementjobs.com.

RetirementJobs.com, Certified Age Friendly Employer, are trademarks of RetirementJobs.com, Inc. All other marks are property of their respective owners.

(1) Source: AARP: "The Economic Slowdown's Impact on Middle-Aged and Older Americans" (May 2008) Download at http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/econ/economy_survey.pdf

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