One of the best things a retired person can do is look for another job. This may sound contradictory, but there are several good reasons for getting a part-time job or working from home that benefit older workers. It’s fun to take on a new challenge, do something you always wanted to do but never had the chance, stay active and engaged, meet people and augment your retirement fund. Unfortunately, according to the Canadian Association of Retired People (CARP), many businesses are not oriented to employing part-time people, especially if they are older.
Sales is one area where age is not a major issue. Employees are paid by commission, so the employer is more open to employing older people. In 2013, a job fair was sponsored by CARP to connect employers with older candidates. The companies most interested in making the connection were those with sales and franchise opportunities.
If you would like to re-enter the work force on your terms, you can take some advice from Marie Bountrogianni. She offers tips for attending interviews and presenting resumes.
- You won’t be asked your age directly, but you may be tricked into giving it by the interviewer. Be careful not to give you age, but you can mention that you have plenty of free time and can be flexible about your working hours.
- Let the interviewer know that you know how to use social media for marketing or that you have other business-oriented skills on and offline. You don’t want to give the impression that you play computer games all day.
- You should give the impression that you are enthusiast about the job and are not simply looking for something to do. The interviewer wants an employee who will benefit the company. It is not their intention to babysit or entertain you.
You will need to write a new resume. There are some ways you can avoid the age issue. One is to leave out specific dates when possible, such as previous jobs or schooling. You don’t need to start from your first job out of high school. You can organize your resume around your skills and experience and not necessarily in chronological order.
No matter what your age, employers want up-to-date and enthusiastic employees. You can take some courses that will educate you on the latest in your field or you can learn more about a different area where you have interest. Finally, don’t let the interviewer be the only one who asks questions. If you have questions, feel free to ask. It shows the interviewer that you want to learn more about the job and the company.
Older people have a lot to offer, and if they follow these suggestions, they have a good chance of making a good impression and getting a job after retirement.