Job After Retirement – What You Should Know

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.

Case for Equal Custody Gains Ground

The days of one parent gaining custody of his or her children may be close to over, if advocates for shared parenting laws get their way in the U.S. A recent push in several states for divorced parents to share equal custody has energized advocates and forced lawmakers to consider new formulas and an entirely different mindset when deciding what to do with the children after a divorce.

The proponents of shared parenting are making an increasingly accepted argument that children’s best interests should be paramount, not the desires of one parent or another. In other words, decisions on custody should not exclusively be based on the merits of the mother or father as a caregiver. Rather, recent research that indicates children thrive when spending equal amounts of time with both parents should be heeded.

Shared parenting has its limits, of course, which even the most diehard advocates would acknowledge, such as a history of abuse by a parent or substance abuse issues.

State bar associations are chiming in with parenting groups in the U.S. to say that the time is long overdue for family law to be crafted in the best interest of children. Lawmakers in Arkansas apparently have listened to such logic, passing a law recently that called for “approximate and reasonable, equal division of time” for children between parents. This move was a clear reversal of Arkansas’ case law, which had long stated that joint custody was not a favored outcome in divorce proceedings, just one example of a sea change in thinking on custody that could be occurring.

The states of Connecticut and Maryland have task forces studying family law issues, including a focus on the question of whether shared custody is in the best interest of children. A bill in Florida recently passed with provision of alimony reform and shared parenting, even though the governor later vetoed it.

What other states are balking at are formulaic divisions of custody, such as the measure that Minnesota’s governor vetoed in 2012 that would have increased the minimum amount of custody for each parent from 25% to 35%. In addition, state bar associations have fought proposals mandating 50-50 custody, opting for recommended guidelines that judges could consider when granting joint physical custody.

Why the recent favor for shared parenting across America? Three primary reasons are given by parenting organizations that have pushed the legislation:

  1. The convergence of gender roles, which has led to many more men being caretakers
  2. Public opinion: polls indicate that a large majority of Americans support shared custody.
  3. The power granted to custodial parents by courts over the past 30 years, which has left non-custodial parents angry and frustrated, creating the climate for the current backlash.

Even if shared parenting is not right for all divorcing couples, state laws should reflect that both parents have equality in custodial arrangements, advocates argue. A system where one parent gets far more custody than another has encouraged widespread bitterness and made divorces far messier because the stakes are so high.

Author Bio: Greg Aziz is a freelance copywriter with a Journalism degree from University of Toronto and with over 5 years of experience writing for hundreds of companies from virtually any industry. Feel free to connect with him on TwitterGoogle +Linkedin, or Quora

What Can a Real Estate Lawyer Do for me?

Many people that buy and sell homes always wonder what a real estate lawyer really does for them. There are lots of papers and fancy terms but what is the real use of a Real Estate lawyer you might ask and can I just get a cheap lawyer? There are many cheap services popping up who state they have the ability and authority to complete all the paperwork needed to complete your real estate transaction. Many new and even old home consumers are tempted by these companies just in the name of saving a few bucks but at what price? Many cheap services save cost by cutting down your security, searches, and insurances. Lawyers are your defense and protection against fraud and keep the deal from falling through. Most people hear a quote from lawyers over $1000 and assume this is all going to the lawyer when in actuality majority of the funds are spent on paper work and insurance to cover your asset. Things like title Searches, title insurance, and mortgage registrations are what takes up majority of the funds and usually leaves the real estate lawyer with only a small fraction of the request price.

After going into a $500,000 investment the lawyer is the last place you want to save money, cheaper lawyers tend to rely heavily on real estate clerks, who require no legal or post-secondary education. They can hire anyone off the street give them a check list to run through and miss important details which could cost you much more to fix in the end. If things are not done correctly it could cost you the deal, or worse cost you the home as missed back taxes, leans, and even fraud could cause one of the greatest moments in your life to be the biggest nightmare. With Condos becoming the greater transactions seen, the only difference between extra costs brought on by special assessments and insuring that the reserve fund is in good health and the nightmare of waking up to a notice stating you have to make 3 payments of 10,000 in the next 6 months is the 200$ saves by using a cheaper lawyer who didn’t bother to warn you.

A good rule to remember is that “you get what you pay for”. If you’re cutting corners by not purchasing title insurance, and solicit the services of low-priced or discounted legal services you may find that you are not hiring a lawyer but their legal clerk. Choose wisely as this is commonly the biggest purchase and investment of your life.