6 Tips for Finding a Job After Retirement

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After retirement, many retirees find they still want to stay active and continue earning a paycheck. Additionally, more and more retirees are finding that their retirement income just doesn’t cut it. But finding a full or part-time position later in life can be difficult. The good news is today’s job market has a ton of opportunities for flexible work options perfect for retirees. Here are six helpful tips to finding a job in retirement:


  1. Use Your Connections

This is one of the best ways to find the kind of position you are looking for. Reach out to friends and former employers or colleagues. Think about people you know who could put a good word in for you at an organization you admire. A glowing recommendation could help you get considered for a job opening. Your friends, family, and former co-workers may know of an immediate opening or be able to point you in the direction of other opportunities.


  1. Downplay Your Age

You should never lie during the hiring process, but that doesn’t mean you have to make your age obvious for potential employers. Don’t list graduation dates on your resume or refer to work experience or events from several decades ago. Keep the focus on more recent accomplishments and experiences from the past 15 years. You have a lifetime of skills at your disposal. Emphasize the skills most applicable to the job you are applying for instead of focusing on the length of your work history.


  1. Emphasize Your Adaptability

In retirement, you will see a lot of lifestyle changes—which means your employment needs will change as well. As a retiree, you may be able to work part-time instead of full-time. Maybe it would be possible for you to work less conventional hours. You also may not need the same types of benefits as younger workers. These are all big selling points to potential employers looking for flexibility in a new hire.


  1. Get Comfortable With Technology

Jobs are increasingly becoming more digital and technology-based. It’s no big secret that there is a perception that older employees don’t understand technology. Don’t let potential employers pigeon hole you with that stereotype! Show off your skills with technology in your application. Be sure to know how to check e-mail, use word processing programs, and make a point to mention this in your resume or interview. If a potential employer can see you have technology skills, your application will not appear weak compared to younger candidates.


  1. Volunteer

It’s often easier to get a volunteer position than a paid position. Organizations are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with events or work overflow. By volunteering, you can get your foot in the door at an organization that may have job openings available down the line. If you can prove to an organization that you are a hardworking and dedicated volunteer, you will be at the top of their mind when it comes time to hire for paid positions.


  1. Search Job Boards

AARP has job boards with full-time, part-time, seasonal, and flexible jobs specifically for retirees.  You can also check out http://www.seniorjobbank.org, http://www.Retirementjobs.com and http://www.Retiredbrains.com for more job search resources. http://www.Coolworks.com specializes in connecting people with seasonal employment and http://www.FlexJobs.com helps people find remote jobs so you can work from anywhere on your own schedule.


As a retiree, you can bring so many valuable skills and lived experiences to a work place. Use these tips to find the perfect job opportunity to carry you through your retirement years!

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