Many people look forward to retirement — sleeping late, playing Golf, going for long walks — retirement can be wonderful! But, some people retire and find that they’re actually a bit bored and yearn to return to the workforce — we have some great resources to help you do just that!
If you’re retired and think you might like to start working again, even if only part-time, the great news is, there are a lot of resources at your disposal.
Before you begin your job search, take some time to think about what you’re really looking for — you have years of experience and maybe you can share your wealth of knowledge in a whole new industry.
It may be years since you last did a job search, so it’s important to be aware that much has changed; yes, newspapers still run help-wanted ads, but online is where it’s at today. That being said, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the various web sites before doing a full search or uploading a resume, so you can get a feel as to whether it’s the right job search portal for you.
Here are some helpful tips on starting your job hunt:
Experience: you have lots of it, but to find a new position in retirement, you’ll still have to sell your skills and abilities, so make sure to list out all of your particular skills and achievements so you can be best prepared to show you’re full value to a prospective employer.
Set your expectations: If you’re retired, you’re probably not looking for a whole new career. Be sure to decide what you might like to do in a retirement job — the type of industry you may like to be in, whether you want full or part-time, etc. Also, if you’re collecting Social Security or withdrawing from a 401 (k) or other retirement account, make sure to check with a qualified finance professional to determine what, if any impact, a new job will have on your current circumstances.
Get acclimated to online job boards: Some online job search engines are easier to use than others. Take some time to visit each site and get familiar with them — read any FAQ’s and see if they have a “how it works” section. The best bet is to get as comfortable as you can with as many as you can.
Craft your your resume: You can of course connect with a professional resume writer, or you can look on sites like LinkedIn to see what people with a similar background are focusing on. Key words are vital, so consider your background and expertise and how it might meet a stated job requirement and make sure to focus on those accomplishments that match their needs. Ultimately, you know best what your background and skills are, so spend time making sure your resume puts your full capabilities forward.
Polish your interview skills: It’s always a good idea to brush up on your interview skills — sometimes looking at the job requirements is a good way to start, but you can also use Google to see which types of questions are the mostly commonly asked — get a grasp for what kinds of questions you may be asked in an interview and what the best responses would be for those questions.
Network: We mentioned LinkedIn and for good reason — connecting with other retirees to see what’s out there, if they’ve returned to work and if there are any opportunities at their jobs is well worth the time.
When you’re in a retirement job, it’s generally not about a ‘career’ and is more about doing something you like that earns you some money — so, consider this in your search and ask yourself if a typical office job is what you really want. Think outside the box and find something that will truly make you happy.
Here is a list of some great resources for you to take advantage of:
Retiredbrains.com (specializes in part-time job opportunities)
Other resources to consider:
Indeed.com. In addition to being able to search millions of job postings, Indeed.com has a great Job Trends button (indeed.com/jobtrends), which analyzes its millions of job postings to show you statistics on which industries are currently hiring, which job titles are trending, the top keyword searches, etc.
Job-Hunt.org. A helpful online guide which provides the best and most up-to-date advice from genuine job search and career experts to help job seekers be successful in the job search.
Some of their guides include: Guide to Effective Resumes and Cover Letters, Guide to Successful Job Interviews, Guide to Personal Branding, Guide to Personal SEO and the Guide to Using LinkedIn for Job Search.
CareerBuilder.com. CareerBuilder is one of the largest jobs search and resume posting boards — the great thing about them is that they pull jobs from over 1,000 partners, including newspapers and leading web portals such as MSN and AOL.
Encore.org (focuses on retirees and boomers interested in second careers in the non-profit sector)
Additional websites to consider visiting:
AARP.org: The AARP Employer Pledge program is a national effort to help employers solve their current and future staffing challenges and direct job seekers to employers that value and are hiring experienced workers.
AARP’s Life Reimagined.org provides direction and advice on how to find a career coach, how to best prepare for your next career or job, etc.
Curious about salary levels where you live and in certain industries? Salary.com and Payscale.com provide stats, trends, salary levels and has tools to help match you up with the best job suited for your current needs and circumstances.
For more information and search tools related to occupational reports, job outlooks in certain industries, salary information, job postings and even help on navigating the web for your job search, consider these resources:
Of course, your local newspaper and Pennysaver, both online and print editions, are also excellent resources, as is jobs section of Craigslist.org.
Good luck in your job search and remember, a job in your retirement years should be one that you love and one that lets you still have your freedom — you’ve earned it!