Since 2008 when inflation has increased, a greater number of retirees were forced to seek employment. Today about 25% of senior Americans are either trying to retire as late as possible or return to the company they have left. At the same time, about 40% of employers provide special programs to encourage older workers to continue their careers after having reached the standard age for retirement.
The majority of employees today belong either to Generation X (so-called Gen Xers, people born in the period of time from 1966 to 1986) or to Baby Boomers (those who were born during the first 20 years after World War II). Employers are going to experience various problems if a great number of Baby Boomers will be retired in the following several years. Gen Xers are not so numerous and simply can’t fill all the free jobs. That’s why the need to recruit retirees is increasing every day, turning into a burning problem for employers.
Tips for Retired Job Seekers:
- Find Out What Temp Firms. There Are in Your Area. Your age is not as important to them as your professional skills and experience. In addition, you’ll be able to update your resume if you include this job afterwards.
- Go to Interviews. Even if you are not interested in employment with this particular employer, take a chance and go to an interview if you are invited. This will help you polish your interview skills after a long time. When the perspective of the job you are really interested in appears, you’ll feel more confident and prepared.
- Update Your Resume. A resume needs to be constantly updated. You can consult an expert to get proper advice what to include and what to omit in a resume in order to make it work for you.
- Use Job Boards. There are special Retirement Job boards for both employees and employers to promote retirement employment. They can help you greatly. All you need to do is to register and start searching for the job you need.
- Consider Project Assignments. It’s always easier to find a project to take part in then to get full-time employment. Think carefully if a full-time job is what you really need.
- Be Open with the Employer. Whether you intend to work on a temporary or project basis, inform your employer about this. Sometimes you need to start as a part-time employee to get a full-time job proposal afterwards. Think about all the alternatives and inform your employer about your plans.