Phase2Careers holds various roundtables, conferences and workshops to help the over-40 crowd find employment.
Helping those looking to jump back into the job market is the primary mission of Phase2Careers in Redwood City.
Peninsula native Ron Visconti is founder and executive director of the nonprofit, which focuses on assisting the over-40 crowd for career opportunities in a new economy. For the last two years, he’s worked full time on the company, which he created in 2009.
“I’m starting to reap the benefits of my work,” he said, adding that he is doing more partnerships, including small business workshops with the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center.
His program includes job search workshops with resume writing, effective interviewing, social networking and job search techniques, as well as mock interviews, LinkedIn workshops, job fairs, career days, employment roundtables and other services. He is no stranger to the space. He founded and managed the nonprofit Career Education Center for 18 years and has organized hundreds of job fairs and recruitment events, overseen numerous transition projects and taught and counseled job seekers and career changers.
Visconti said he likes being a connector and there’s a tremendous need now more than ever for his service. He is also currently seeking grants for doing more intensive job search programs.
“The older worker is going through a lot more of a difficult time than other groups,” said Visconti, who grew up in Redwood City and went to Junipero Serra High School. “I originally put up an 8.5-by-11-inch sign at job fair to help older workers and 300 people signed up.”
He targets various groups in this demographic, including workers who have been in the job market for a long time and don’t know the rules of the job search, people who are not quite good at communicating their worth and assets, people who need to update their skills and workers who are looking for more of a purpose in their work.
People are delaying retirement for more years, Visconti said, which makes his business even more important. He said he has the added benefit of bringing the employer’s message to job seekers.
Louisa Hughes has participated in Phase2Careers events, including the job roundtables. She learned about it through her husband and highly recommends the programs to older job seekers. She recently received her first position working at Intuit on a marketing project.
“I have learned a lot about myself during the Strategic Career Change: Career Assessment Program,” she said. “I took this program when I first became unemployed as I had no idea what I wanted to do for a new job as I wanted a change. This program helps you redefine your interests and career goals. I found it very informative and helpful in giving insight into one’s goals for career and personal.”
Gila Gam took Visconti’s business class and ended up launching Choiceful Path, her own human resources consulting and coaching firm.
Upcoming events include a recruitment mixer 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 1300 S. El Camino Real in San Mateo. For more information visit phase2careers.org.
(650) 344-5200 ext. 105