How To Get
The Retirement Job You Want
Now that you have an idea of what you want
to look for in a retirement job, how do you actually get
one? Amazingly, it’s a bit of a different process
than just visiting Monster.com and applying like everyone
else. Since you’re going after jobs related to retirees
you need to keep a few things in mind.
1. Finding a job for a senior starts at
a place looking for seniors.
Look at the sites listed above. These employers
want older workers for many reasons. Most employers whether
they realize it or not would rather have younger workers
who are more willing to do what they’re told and accept
long and arduous work. Since you’re “retired,”
this isn’t you. By looking at the sites targeted to
seniors, you’ll reduce the chance for different expectations.
2. Make sure everyone knows up front what
The fact is, you dictate your schedule now.
If they want someone to work Sundays and this isn’t
what you want, then don’t apply for the job. Being
up-front and picky is a good way to prevent your job turning
into a burden later on.
3. Go visit places of employment
Some places like shelters, restaurants,
and other common retirement jobs don’t actually list
positions on websites or job boards. You sort of have to
find these roles. Sometimes, you might have to volunteer
first but can be placed into a longer term part time job
once they have grown to like you.
4. Be patient and network in your community
It’s important to get out there and
join clubs and social groups. Many times they’ll lead
to the perfect gig since someone will know someone who is
looking for help but might not have it formalized into a
“job” yet. By showing up through this contact,
you can be the person they look to for help.
5. Turn a Hobby into a Retirement Job
Do you collect coins, like building crafts,
or even travelling. You can turn your passion into a money
maker and it won't even feel like a job!