PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Computer-phobia can be a detriment (a BIG detriment) in job-hunting and it’s up to the job-seeker to adapt.

This story stems from a call KYW Newsradio received from a frustrated, self-described “older guy” wanting an investigation of firms no longer offering paper job applications.  Here’s the result: they’re under no obligation to do so.  It’s up to you to adapt.

There is help, however.  Kristin Rantanen of JEVS Human Services said there’s an effort in Philadelphia to bring “older guys” and gals up to speed, “We offer a program called Career Solutions for 55+ and it’s operated out of the CareerLink center at 990 Spring Garden.  We have young job-seekers who come in with computer phobias as well as older job-seekers who come in needing some technology skills to get ahead in the labor market.”

Furthermore, Rantanen said technophobia not only keeps you from getting the job but from doing it as well, “You do need technology skills whether you are applying for a job or once you start in the workplace — and really any kind of workplace these days.”

Reported by John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio 1060

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