7 tips to get a job in retirement
If you're looking for work after retirement, keep in mind that you likely have more assets and advantages than you think.
This post comes from Angela Colley at partner site Money Talks News.
If you're considering rejoining the workforce after your retirement, you likely have more going for you than you realize, but you also may need to update some skills.
Let's hash out the tips and tools that can help you become employed again.
1. Know your assets
As RetiredBrains founder Art Koff says, retirees have a major advantage over younger job seekers: flexibility. While many young job hunters are looking for a full-time position with benefits, many older workers can be more flexible. If you're willing to take a part-time, seasonal or contract job without benefits, you could have a leg up over other applicants.
You also have another powerful asset: the knowledge you've gained from decades in the workforce. In your field, that know-how quite likely qualifies you as an expert, which can also open doors to related jobs. For example:
- A former marketing agent could teach marketing and copywriting at a local community college.
- A former police officer could find work as a security guard or consultant.
- A former human resources professional could work in a staffing agency.
When you're searching, use those assets to your advantage. Your flexibility and knowledge make you very attractive to employers.
2. Update your resume
Before you can begin applying for jobs, you'll need to update your resume. Follow these tips:
- Keep it simple. Keep your resume short -- one page is best -- and include detailed information only from the last 10 years.
- Skip the objective. Almost all resume templates have an objective section, but they are often either too generic or overdone. Skip this section or use it to spotlight your skills.
- Highlight achievements. Don't just mention past positions and their respective dates. Weave in your greatest achievements and quantify your accomplishments.
3. Keep up with technology
Both jobs and job hunting have gone digital. If you feel a bit out of touch with technology, consider signing up for classes at your local continuing education center or take some of the many free online courses. For example:
- Goodwill Community Foundation's GCFLearnFree.org has courses on computer basics, email basics, social networking and several programs.
- Microsoft Digital Literacy covers basic computer know-how and Microsoft products. (Microsoft publishes MSN Money and Smart Spending.)
- Computer Help A to Z has tons of tips on hardware, software and the Internet.
Networking -- both in person and online -- will greatly increase your chance of finding a job. Start by signing up for social networking sites and connecting with friends, former co-workers and other professionals you know. Try:
- LinkedIn is a social network for professionals. Post your resume and check the job section for possibilities.
- Facebook is great for connecting with old friends. You can see who works where and who might be able to connect you with a potential employer.
- Twitter includes not just individuals but also companies. By following companies and their employees, you might hear about job openings.
5. Search for jobs and apply, apply, apply
Look for jobs and also post your resume on online job boards, such as:
6. Follow up
Some people apply online for as many jobs as possible and never contact the employer again. Luckily, you know better -- or you should.
Three to seven days after you apply for a job, send a quick email or make a phone call to follow up.
7. Interview well
Preparation is essential, particularly to counteract the nervousness everyone feels during a job interview.
Make a list of your attributes and achievements. Read over them before the interview.
Hold a mock interview. Have a friend or family member interview you and give you style and presentation tips.
Got some tips of your own that might help others? Share your insights and experiences.
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First of all take the lazy welfare crowd and cut their money and put it towards the ones who want to retire on social security who paid in all the years they worked! Because I want to retire at about 65 and enjoy what little time I'm going to have left!
Secondly, Leave my 401k alone I pay taxes each week so the welfare crowd does not need my money I worked and put up for my retirement!
Thirdly, Obama keep your insurance, your change, and do the hard working folks a favor and impeach yourself and please take Hilary and the others with you and leave my guns alone!
Pretty clueless article. Assume you found a $8/hour retirement job for 20 hours weekly. That's gross pay of $160. Your net is $112. A tank of gas to get there all week is $40. Clothes, food and other core costs probably net you about $50. You step into the same doofus administrative oversight you hated when you worked full time. You have streeses that are counter-productive to your retirement and you don't get to do the stuff "real" retired people do.
Wake up... budget the $50 in your retirement income and write yourself a check for it each week. Go write a book, start a small enterprise, volunteer, do charity, get involved in your community, go have fun. That $50 you paid yourself will mean far more.
Instead of working for someone else, start your own business. Don't know what kind of business to start? There was a original painting by a famous artist in the town I live in, that was at a garage sale
It went unsold for five dollars. The owner of the painting did some research on that painting, after it did not sell. Consigned it to a auction house in the Eastern part of the US. The painting sold for 55K.
Educate yourself, on what to look for, with old paintings, not only do you have a chance of finding a masterpiece, but you will have the thrill of the hunt.
In response to JustMeHere999's post.
I have never known the HR people to perform an employment interview, but merely to ascertain that the applicant has the correct education required, the appropriate experience, can satisfy any security requirements and maybe to verify the validity of the resume and his references. The appropriate interviewer within the department in the company looking to hire will conduct the interview and make the decision. That interviewer is appreciative of the HR people for weeding out the fakes and inappropriate job seekers so that he does not have to waste his time with them.
When the person in the interested department conducts an interview, he usually "wings" it because experience has taught him to trust his gut feelings regarding on how the interviewee acts, responds and displays attitude, with attitude being the most important part.
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