Tips for Finding Jobs after Retirement

People get jobs after retirement for many reasons. Many working retirees didn't really want to retire at all, but the calendar caught up with them. Others may simply need extra income, or just be happier in the work environment.

Where to look for jobs

Where you look for work is important. Some employers and industries are much more receptive than others to retirees re-entering the workforce. In many cases the best employers are those actively looking for highly experienced people who can function as trainers, and add a lot of value. Retaining skilled staff is a major issue in the employment industry as a whole, and when gaps appear in the skill levels, employers try hard to fill them.

Finding the right job may take a while, but you need to be somewhat fussy about which jobs you look at, too. For retirees, there are some important considerations:

  • Income value: All jobs have their own overheads, and you need to be sure that you're making enough money to justify the time and effort.

  • Hours: Retirees don't necessarily want to be working odd hours, or rotating shifts.

  • Commuting: Some distances really are too far, particularly if the hours are difficult.

  • Workplace environment: Working in a new environment can be a problem, particularly if you've been out of the workplace for a while. It's advisable to look for jobs where you're comfortable and can adjust easily to the workplace.

  • Job quality: You will need to find a workplace which fits both your own needs and your level of expertise. Doing junior jobs can be a very irritating experience for retirees. 

  • Health considerations: Check for any health issues in a job. It's worth contacting employers directly and getting a clear understanding of anything which might affect medical conditions.

Many retirees already have a good built-in job hunting asset if they need one. A professional network can solve a lot of job hunting problems, and deliver high quality jobs. Networking is a good, reliable method of finding suitable jobs, because your network is familiar with your requirements. Your colleagues also understand your areas of expertise, and can provide references if necessary.

Because retirees may have been out of the loop for a while in the workplace, these personal recommendations are important assets. In highly skilled work in particular some added verification is particularly helpful in reassuring employers of your abilities.

Current experience and training

Another big issue for retirees is current experience, which is often lacking when they start job hunting. This is a common concern for employers, and managers may be concerned about any extra training required. Getting your own additional training is a particularly useful way of dealing with this potential obstacle. It shows commitment and personal initiative.

It's also fun, when it's work you enjoy. The upgraded skills also have the advantage of keeping you up to date and giving you valuable practical experience with new systems. You may find that the extra training is an added motivation in job hunting, and it may also open up extra avenues for finding jobs.