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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.

By MSN Money Partner Apr 19, 2013 12:32PM

This post comes from Angela Colley at partner site Money Talks News.

Money Talks News logoWhile some people see retirement as a time to sleep in, play golf or tackle projects around the house, not everyone wants to -- or can -- stop working when they've hit retirement age. 

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.

Image: Woman in candy shop (© Andersen Ross/Getty Images)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 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.

4. Network

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:

You'll also find jobs listed on: Offline, you can search your local newspaper's classified listings or visit companies and ask for an application. This works especially well if you're looking for part-time or seasonal work.

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.

Review common interview questions like those mentioned in Forbes and on Monster, and practice your responses.

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.

More on Money Talks News and MSN Money:

Apr 19, 2013 3:33PM
I would just like to say that I think employers, (but meaning by and large, the HR gals who screen and conduct first interviews) put too much weight on the "interview well" part.  It seems like getting a job is all about who is the most glib and best BSer.  It's who can "deliver" the best speech to all those canned textbook interviewing questions.  I just think employers miss a lot of great potential employees because they get written off by HR early on.  I worked at a place where the 20 something interviewers would disqualify a guy if they thought his tie was outdated or resume paper and font "wrong".  It's nuts.
Apr 19, 2013 2:35PM
I don't think these these tips are exclusively for finding a job in retirement.  They sound like tips to find a job any time in life.  Kind of recycled material with a new title, other than the point of retirees can be a bit more flexible.
Apr 19, 2013 6:21PM

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!



Apr 21, 2013 2:14PM

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.

Apr 20, 2013 10:28AM
Age discrimination in the workforce is alive and well, it was just re-named "overqualified". If you hope to find employment over 60 don't expect to earn any where near what you did peviously and you'll probably need to take the night and weekend shifts that nobody else wants, go to the interview dressed neat and professional (no jeans, or flipflops or off color slogans on the shirt)  polite handshake and a smile, turn off the cell phone, don't speak ill of your former employers,  all the old rules of good interview techniques have not changed.  I managed to find a part time job at 60+, no benefits, work every weekend, earns less per hour than I made 20 years ago but it sure helps pay the groceries and gas, there is stuff out there especially retail for retirees if you have the stamina to stand on your feet all day and deal with the weekend pace. 
Apr 21, 2013 10:24AM
Sounds like if you are needing to get a job in retirement you where not ready to retire.I am not retired yet but I am sure when the time comes I will be looking at the finances and deciding if I am prepared enough or I need to continue.Or is it that once people retire they find themselves bored and are returning to fill the time,I hope that's not me,I practice retirement every vacation I take and think I will be great at it!

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.   


Apr 19, 2013 6:28PM

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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