Even after a long career with a Fortune 500 company, Cary Palmer isn't ready to leave the working world.
"I'm just ready to get back into the saddle. I'm looking for something and I want to (work) again," said Palmer, 61, who retired ten years ago.
He worries his age and time away from the workforce are working against him as a job applicant.
"The fact that I haven't worked for anybody for that amount of time is a question on a resume," Palmer said.
Job seekers over 50 have different challenges to navigate than their younger counterparts.
"The job search 20 years ago is very different from the job search today," said Denise Scruggs, director of the Beard Center on Aging at Lynchburg College.
She often talks to seniors who want or need to work, but can't get anyone to hire them.
"There are a lot of myths about older workers," said Scruggs. "People think they cost more and won't even give them an interview."
To help older people be competitive, Scruggs is organizing a series of workshops this summer called "Wisdom at Work: Resources for the 50+ Job Seeker."
"We're hoping to connect them with resources, so they'll know where to go when they're working on a resume and learning to interview," Scruggs said.
The workshop is also addressing technology, an area that sometimes puts older job applicants at a disadvantage.
"They have a great work ethic, but their technology skills may be a little bit lacking, so that's one of the areas we try to address," said Deborah Alfers, manager of the Region 2000 Workforce Center.
Part of the series is teaching participants how to use computers and smart phones. They're also getting job leads and interview coaching.
The goal is to arm the 50-plus crowd with everything they need to stand out, in a good way, in today's crowded job market.
The workshops are being held every third Thursday, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Marsh Memorial United Methodist Church. The church is located on Leesville Road in Lynchburg, right off Route 460.
The program is a collaborative initiative by the Beard Center on Aging at Lynchburg College, Region 2000 Workforce Investment Board, and the Virginia Employment Commission.