Helping people over 45 to obtain a job or self employment
About the project
Having experienced the difficulty in finding normal work once I passed the age of 50, I can appreciate the frustration others have faced with potential employers. We all know that age should not be a factor and that it is illegal to discriminate against us, but in reality it frequently happens. Job Centres are keen to tell us that age is not a problem, but they work for one of the few organisations that truly treat their employees equally.
Of course, once we have been unemployed for some time, we are forced to attend special programs that are designed to help us find work. Sadly, these work programs do little to help us in that respect and most people see them as a waste of time.
What unemployed people over 45 really want is the same chance as everyone else to get a job. Unfortunately, our CV's tend to reveal our age, because we are listing relevant jobs that may go back many years. This should be an advantage, but in this world, we are forced to list our experience on a CV containing just 2 pages, our true value is hard to display.
I have found that many of the people attending these other job clubs have the perfect combined experience to set up their own business together, but just need a little guidance to put these talents to good use. Setting up your own business is not always as expensive (or difficult) as some imagine and in many cases costs nothing at all. Quite often all you need is a good advert and that is another area in which I would like to help (using my Search Engine for such adverts). I would also like to assist members to find funding if needed.
Initially, I would like to attract sufficient funding to be able to offer members a free service (for the first 12 months) and look at alternative fund raising methods later (government funding, site revenue, commission from employers accepting members for jobs etc.). Most of the running costs will be spent on telephone calls (to potential employers and members), postage, advertising, salary (one person and some volunteers)
The first step of course is to get this service up and running, so I am looking for help through the Crowdfunder site. If you feel the over 45's need more help in the job market and would like to see this service providing that help, your donations would help greatly.