Many people are discovering, in retirement, that they aren’t actually ready for this new phase of life. Whether you are worried about running out of money in retirement, or whether you just want something productive to do, you might need a part-time or full-time job.
Finding that job once you have retired, though, can be a little tricky. If you are looking for a new career in your post-career life, here are some things that might be able to give you an edge to go back to work.
1. Don’t Say You’re Retired
While there’s nothing wrong with being retired, it gives the impression that your best working days are behind you. The recent troubles in the global economy, as well as the fact that many people are living different lifestyles, can work to your advantage. You can simply say that you took a break for a while, or that you have been studying new opportunities.
2. Check Community Resources
See what kinds of job resources are available in your community. Many towns and provinces offer some sort of database, as well as resources to help you update your resume, practice interviewing, or find a job that suits you. Take advantage of the resources available to you.
3. Networking and Social Media
Hopefully, you’ve kept up-to-date with contacts. If you haven’t, try to renew connections, or join a local group that can help you meet new connections. Community organizations can be great places to start building your network. And don’t forget about social media. While you don’t need to wow hundreds of friends and followers, you should be able to show that you are up-to-date. At the very least, you need a LinkedIn profile that highlights your experience. Get involved in meeting new people, and you will be more likely to find a new job.
4. Update Your Skills
In some cases, you may need to update your skills. Find out about the latest technology and best practices in your field. Or, if you are embarking on a new career, find out how your current skills can translate, and what new skills you should develop. Show that you are developing yourself, and that you are adaptable, and you will be seen as an asset, rather than a hindrance. Age isn’t as important as flexibility, and a willingness to learn and stay on top of things. Add these qualities to experience, and you could be very valuable indeed.
5. Consider Temporary, Consulting and Seasonable Positions
A temporary position can work into a full-time position down the road. These positions are ideal for proving yourself, and showing how you can be a solid asset. As someone with experience, you can also offer your services as a consultant. Set your own hours and rates, and if you are truly expert, you can line up projects that are challenging and financially rewarding. You can also look at seasonable positions. If you aren’t interested in full-time work year-round, you can get a boost to your finances, and enjoy social interactions, by taking on seasonal work. Seniors make great tour guides, and hospitality workers. Find out about this type of work, and you might discover that it’s fulfilling.
In the end, there are many opportunities, if you know where to look.