Increasing Job Seeking Success among Older Unemployed Population by Expanding Personal Social Networks

By: Moshe Sharabi   Tal Shahor   Javier Simonovich  

One of the most significant changes in the developed world over the past thirty years has been a quickening transition from a primarily industrial to an increasingly service-based economy. This rapid structural change have been disproportionately adverse for unqualified older workers who have lost their jobs as the skill content of blue-collar work increased due to skill-based technological changes. For these unqualified older unemployed people, there is low chance to find a suitable job via internet-based systems. They may have low education levels, less technological skills, and low self-esteem as a result of long-term unemployment; therefore, their relevant job opportunities diminish. This paper describes a successful pilot project among 108 chronically unemployed Jews and Arabs, in five employment centers in Israel. By sharing each other's list of acquaintances under the guidance of professional consultants, 41% of them found a job. The results have strengthened our assumption that educating people to use expanded weak personal networks (non-internet) to find jobs is both effective and beneficial.

Social Network, Unemployment, Job Seeking, Unqualified Workers, Job Club
Economic and Demographic Perspectives on Aging
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Prof. Moshe Sharabi

Associate Professor, Head of Department of MA Studies in Organizational Development and Consulting, Yezreel Valley Academic College, Israel

Dr. Tal Shahor

Yezreel Valley College Nazareth, Israel

Javier Simonovich

Senior Lecturer, Yezreel Valley Academic College , Israel