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.

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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.”

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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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