If you want to enjoy the benefits of retirement, but you aren't ready to leave the workforce entirely, a part-time job may be for you. Part-time jobs give older adults the opportunity to keep active while maintaining a flow of income beyond what social security and retirement investments provide. While some people may be able to negotiate reduced hours at their current jobs, others look at a part-time job later in life as an opportunity to try something new.
Do you think a part-time job may be right for you? Check out these three tips for finding the perfect part-time job!
Know Your Goals
Before you start your search for a part-time job, its a good idea to brainstorm: Is there a certain field that interests you? Are hours and pay important, or are you flexible? Are there any certifications you need for the job youre interested in doing?
The answers to these questions should be taken into consideration before you settle on what job or jobs you'll be focusing on in your job search. If you dont have a particular area of interest, ask yourself more general questions. Would you rather be working indoors or outside, with several co-workers or by yourself, or early in the morning or late at night? The answers can help guide toward work you'll find satisfying.
Tap Your Network
Youve made plenty of connections over the years through friends and colleagues. As you start your search for a part-time job, they should be your first contacts.
Chat with your network about your job goals and how you might fit in at a new workplace. It doesn't hurt to have an updated resume handy so you can reinforce the skills and knowledge you bring to the table. Offer to stop by for an informal interview so you can discuss any potential opportunities that might become available to you.
Remember, employers can greatly benefit from a multigenerational workforce, and older workers are valued for their experience and reliability.
Job Search Engines
If youre lacking connections in the field youre considering, you may need to search listings of available jobs. While available jobs are still printed in the Help Wanted section of your local newspaper, many more job openings are now listed online.
Search engines like Indeed, Monster, and Simply Hired have job listings searchable by field, location, or job title. Some job search engines also offer options to search for part-time jobs, summer jobs, and seasonal work. You can also try Workforce50, a job search site that focuses on work for people age 50 and older.
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