Retirement jobs

Retirement jobs. Some of us find that we need more income after retirement. Others find they miss the companionship and structure of having a job. There is something about getting up and going out of the house and working for at least a few hours each day that provides a certain comfort and stability.

If you are retired and you want to look for a job, here is some information that should be useful.

First, know that retirement jobs are becoming easier to find - if you know where to look. Some companies are happy to hire older workers because older workers have good work habits. They are willing to put in a full days work for a 'full day's pay'.  They are not pulling out their cell phones to chat or play games on line.  And it is often the case that an older worker does not need as much training as some younger workers. Keep those things in mind when you start your job search. 

Second, many retirees really want part time work. The good news is that today many companies prefer to hire part time workers. Why? First, part timers are cheaper because part time work seldom includes benefits. But that is no problem for you.  If you are already retired, you probably have medical benefits and do not need another health care plan.

Third most part time workers are able to be flexible. They are able and willing to add a few hours or to make a shift in when they arrive or finish work. Employers, especially those with small or seasonal businesses, appreciate that flexibility. It is worth mentioning during an interview.

So how do you find a good retirement job

If you are looking for part time work, here are some tips you may find useful:

Update your Resume. If you going job hunting - even for a part time job, you want to  bring your resume up to date AND you want to revise it so it is targeted towards the job you want. A good resume is important for any job search. Do not 'blow it off' just because you are looking for part time work.

Also, your resume needs to be geared toward the company and specific job you are seeking. If you have worked in sales for years but want to apply for a job  where your knowledge of tools and home repair are important, you need to not only get those skills into your updated resume, you need to find a way to highlight them.

If you are applying for a job in a new area you need to make a new job direction look credible. You need to be able to recast your old work experience so it shows some relevance to this new  job. Example. If you are apply for a store sales position, you can highlight any 'people skills' you gained in your other jobs.

Taking time rewriting your resume can make or break your application. And yes, it  is worth getting some advice on this important task.

If you local paper or your area Senior Center does not offer you enough help in finding retirement jobs, there are a number of online site that can help. Here are a few of them:

  1. Retirement jobs for people over 50
  2. Jobs for older works at: Workforce
  3. Nineteen retirement jobs that pay well
  4. New directions in retirement: jobs to explore

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