Monday, October 19, 2009

How to use the Law of Attraction to Attract More Customers and Grow Your Business

Written by: Karen Saunders
With the explosive popularity of the book and movie The Secret, many people are being exposed to something called The Law of Attraction. You may be asking yourself, “What exactly is The Law of Attraction, and how it can it help me in my business?”

A definition of the Law of Attraction
First, here’s the definition provided by Abraham through Esther Hicks: “The Law of Attraction says: That which is like unto itself is drawn.” In other words, like attracts like. This is not a new concept, nor a secret. For example, Matthew 9:29 says, “It is done unto you as you believe.” Scientists working in Quantum Physics have discovered that everything in our Universe sends out vibrations of a certain frequency. They have found that we are essentially vibrational beings in a vibrational environment. The Law of Attraction says that all vibrations are drawn to other vibrations of the same frequency.

Physicists have learned that our thoughts are vibrations too. As thinking beings, we are emitting certain vibrations all the time. At any given moment we may be emitting thoughts of happiness, sadness, frustration, joy, etc. Every thought has its own frequency. So whether we like it or not, we are always emitting some type of vibration all the time, attracting the same frequency back to us.

What you focus on expands
If you are thinking about the lack of money, a scarcity of clients or frustration with your work, you will attract more of the same. Conversely, if you are thinking about abundance or success in your business, you will also attract more of the same. Doesn’t it make sense to spend more time focusing on things you want to attract—such as new clients, more opportunities or more money—rather than focusing on and complaining about those you don’t want?

Change your focus; change your business; change your life
In our society, sometimes we are conditioned to focus on lack, scarcity, things we don’t want and problems we want to fix. Many adults have spent their lifetimes complaining about their current situation and building negative belief systems. To some, it may sound odd or foreign to turn this around and focus on what you DO want. One of the techniques I use is to keep a “Dream Board” in my office. I actually have two. One is a large color print with a collage of stock library photos of things I want to attract into my life. The other is a digital photo frame with more photos and slides with “I am” statements. For example, one of my I am statements is this: “I am attracting the right people into my business.” You can also write these statements down on 3 x 5 index cards and carry them with you. Take them out and read them to yourself several times a day.
An important part of this process is to FEEL the essence of your I am statement while visualizing what you want. Find a way to dig into your emotions and feel how you would if you already have what you wanted. For example, if you are in the network marketing business and you wanted a big organization with thousands of distributors, how would it feel to be leading, coaching and training your team? How would you feel when one of your leaders is promoted, or when a new distributor sponsors his or her first distributor?

Another idea is to send a dream card to yourself. Find a photo of something you really want —for example, your dream home—write your I am statements inside the card along with a vivid, passionate description of how you will feel when you are enjoying your dream home.

Your emotions are your guides
Your emotions are your guides for letting you know whether you’re vibrating in harmony with who you really are and what you want. When you feel bad, overwhelmed or frustrated, your emotions are telling you that you need to change your focus. There are a number of ways to do this. I recommend stating to yourself what you really do want. Then focus on that. Make a determined effort to catch yourself and deliberately change your thinking. This may be a challenge sometimes, so you may have to bring up a good feeling memory first. For example, I’ll remember something funny that my puppy did, and that memory will shift my emotion slightly and then it’s easier to make the deliberate change in my focus.

Express your appreciation
One way to start feeling good so you can focus on what you want is to make a list of everything you appreciate in your business right now. Start somewhere, no matter how small. For example, think of one customer you appreciate, one job or project that gave you satisfaction, or one client who gave you a nice referral or testimonial. Then send a heartfelt card of appreciation.

When you follow these recommendations you’ll be using the Law of Attraction to your advantage. Your business success will be a reflection of your new positive and deliberate creation. Be consistent and practice every day because this is an on-going lifelong process.
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Monday, October 5, 2009

Searching for Jobs for Seniors

written by: Jim Imorde

Now that you know what career you want to pursue and have your resume updated along with a generic cover letter, you are ready for the next step - searching for jobs for retirees. There are many search sites available to you for this effort. Most of them are not specific to seniors but I still found most of them to be very helpful.

Each of the sites provides you with items to choose from, including keywords, location, and categories of industries. Of course, the better you define your area, the more focused you can be on choosing the job that might be right for you. Once you find a specific job that you may be interested in, you usually have the ability to click on it and get full details on it. If interested at that time, you can then click on the Apply button.

When you get to the application screen, most of the search sites have the same basic format. They will usually allow you to post your existing resume utilizing your browser. Once you do this, you will need to look over the text since many times the wrapping isn't exactly what you want in the field they provide. What I did to handle this problem was to create a template. The first time I posted my resume, I fixed it to fit the field they provided, then I copied and pasted the end result to a separate file that I labeled as my posting resume file and then used that version for all future postings. Most of the time this worked like a charm.

The cover letter section of the application does vary from application to application. I believe that the cover letter is a very important part of what you submit to the recruiter for a couple of reasons. First of all, it is usually the first thing the recruiter sees and it should contain the reasons why this job is a perfect fit for both you and the company. You should tweak your generic cover letter to fit the specific job you are addressing at the time. Now, from time to time, I also found that the cover letter is not always asked for so if you have a point you need to make, you may have to find another way of doing that.
Now we get to the search engines themselves. Here are a few of the sites that are available to you that are specific to jobs for retirees.
  • - This site is specific for jobs for seniors. It provides a good deal of useful information for seniors. You can also search by specific states for jobs in your area where the recruiter is targeting seniors for jobs. One note here is that this listing by state is rather short right now due to the financial climate, but hopefully this will improve shortly.
  • - This site targets specific community niches
  • - - Here's another site supported by age friendly employers
  • - This is an international site that also assists in finding jobs for seniors
Here are a few of the other sites that are not specifically related to jobs for seniors but contain the bulk of what is available out there in the job market.
I have one final point to make now. As you submit for various jobs, make sure you save or print the application, as well as, the cover letter if something specific was stated for this job, so that when the recruiter calls, you will have the information at hand. Lastly, it ensures you do not duplicate a submittal for the same job and also it is good to have as documentation if you are receiving unemployment compensation.

In the next article, we can discuss what happens when you get that callback from the recruiter.

Article Source: Jobs for Seniors
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Jobs for Seniors: The Initial Telephone Interview

Now that you have a fantastic resume and an even better cover letter prepared,(pat yourself on the back for this achievement), and have submitted them to potential jobs for seniors employers through your job search engines, it will not be long before you get your initial phone interview. Personally, I think this is the fun time of the job searching process. You will receive a call usually from the company recruiter or someone acting in that capacity whose role is to perform an initial screening of candidates. The purpose of this screening is to find the best candidates out of all the interviews that appear to best fit the job description and company profiles and who are very interested in landing the job. If all goes well here, he/she will then probably schedule a face-to-face meeting with you next with the employer/recruiter. We touched on the job interview process in a previous article but let's go a little deeper in your preparation for this. Listed below are some general guidelines as to what to expect in the interview, as well as, how to handle the phone interview for retirees job.

Generally Be Prepared

The great thing about the initial interview being on the phone is that it gives you a chance to lay out all the pertinent documents in front of you such as your resume, company description, your tailored cover letter, the job description, and perhaps some notes on things you will want to mention in the interview. Obviously, to be prepared, you should do some research on the company so that you will not be ignorant of what the company does. For example you would not want to slip and say at some point you could be a great asset to their production of widgets when they are a health organization. I know this sounds ridiculous but when you might have multiple interviews for retiree jobs going on, it is easy to be confused. I know, I've been there before myself but I'll save you the details on my screw up.

Have a Great Demeanor

Basically, what I mean here is that you need to come across as a good communicator.
  1. You need to be self-confident but don't appear overconfident. Hopefully, your great preparation will help you with this.
  2. You need to be concise with your points so as to not ramble on with your answers to questions. This is a very important point and we need to discuss this one a little further. Most likely the recruiter is going to ask you upfront to tell him/her about yourself. This does not mean open the flood gates and tell your life story. They don't care if you won a spelling bee contest in the 6th grade! You will need to walk a fine line here to give them enough but not too much information. Here's an amusing but effective video from DiceTV that I think gets the point across well. How to Answer 'Tell Me About Yourself'
  3. You need to have a positive attitude and not allow fear or ego to get the best of you, sometimes a major problem with seniors looking for jobs.
  4. Be honest and if asked if you have a specific attribute or skill and the answer is no, tell them so. Perhaps, there is another skill you do have that will work instead

Be Ready for Many Questions
  1. Be ready to respond to the many questions that may be asked of you especially one that will surely be mentioned about what motivates you. We discussed this earlier in one of my previous articles: 'What happens when you get that call from a recruiter'
  2. Ask your own relevant questions that you hopefully have prepared in advance.
Article Source: Jobs for Seniors

Part Time Jobs for Retirees

“Retirement jobs” – no, this is not an oxymoron. Many baby boomers and seniors are seeking out further employment after retirement. In particular, many are looking for part time jobs for retirees. Some seniors need extra income or medical insurance, others are looking for personal satisfaction in doing something they enjoy, and some are simply bored and want something to do after retiring. Times are changing, and many people are working well beyond the traditional age of retirement. Employers are now recognizing the hard work ethic and experience these seniors can bring to their company.

Part time jobs for retirees after retirement can do more than provide extra income to put towards that red sports car you have always wanted. These jobs for seniors provide personal satisfaction and enjoyment, friends and an opportunity to bond with others, and fulfill one’s need to contribute to the world. Here are some ideas for part-time jobs for seniors:

  • Retail is great for part-time employment for seniors because it offers a flexible schedule, interaction with customers, and of course, extra income. Retail jobs may include cashier, greeter, stock room associate or even retail management positions. You may want to consider working for major retailers, or instead you might prefer a business where you can specialize in your area of expertise, such as a florist, sporting goods store or car dealership. Here are some of the best retail employers who are hiring jobs for seniors:
  • Consulting is another part-time job for seniors that is stimulating and makes use of their wealth of knowledge and experience. Many mature professionals start their own business as independent consultants, finding clients through their past business relationships. Independent consulting or working for a small existing firm both allow for flexible hours and time off.
  • Non-profit jobs for seniors are an excellent way to get involved in a fulfilling career that helps others. Many non-profit jobs are paid, and most organizations will be flexible and accommodating for an enthusiastic, senior worker. These non-profit part-time jobs for seniors will help you make a contribution to the world.
  • Freelance work offers part-time employment for seniors in many fields, such as writing. Freelance writing as a part-time job for seniors allows you to work from home and at your own leisure. Check out Sologig for more information on freelance work to find jobs for seniors, or read the article “Seven Easy Steps to a Freelance Life”.
  • Tour jobs may include giving tours at museums, historical monuments or local sight-seeing attractions in the community. These part-time jobs for seniors provide opportunities to learn, share knowledge with others and meet new people.
  • Staying Where You Are is another option for retiring seniors. If you love your current job, tell your employer that you are around the age of retirement and ask if there is a way to reduce your hours and workload (and salary).
  • For more ideas on part-time jobs for seniors, check out the article “Deferring Retirement? Best Part-Time Gigs for Baby Boomers” or “Today’s Best Part-Time Jobs”.

If part-time jobs for seniors aren’t enough for you, you may be more interested in a career change after retiring from your current position. PrimeCB is a great resource for the mature professional looking for a career change. The AARP puts out a yearly list of the best employers for workers over 50, based on recruiting practices, opportunities for training, education and career development, workplace accommodations, alternative work options (such as flexible job scheduling, job sharing and phased retirement), employee health and pension benefits and retiree benefits. Highlights from the AARP’s list of the “Best Employers for Workers Over 50″ include the following companies:

What if I am too old? You are never too old, unless you act like it. Think of yourself as an asset to the company, and showcase your experience and enthusiasm. If you do this, employers will be competing to get you in their door. If you are still worried that employers will not hire you because of your age, take some classes and do a lot of reading to stay up to date in your industry and the world in general. Mature job seekers may decide to only include more recent and relevant job experience in their resumes or avoid putting dates in the education section.

What you have that employers want:

  • Experience – with years of professional experience, you have so much to offer; this experience is invaluable and is something that can only be gained with time, thus setting you apart from younger job seekers and recent college graduates
  • Wisdom – in addition to professional experience, you are learned in the ways of the world; from decision-making to people skills, your wisdom is a huge asset to companies
  • Commitment – senior employees are more likely to feel a sense of commitment and loyalty to the company; because of this, employers know that you are less likely to jump from one job to another in hopes of advancing you career – instead, you want to make the most out of the job you have

Factors you may want to consider when looking for part-time jobs for seniors:

  • Less stress
  • Flexible Hours
  • Enjoyment
  • Making a contribution to society
  • An opportunity to get out of the house and meet new people

Whether you need extra income, want a part-time job that allows you to spend time with your family and travel, want to make a difference in the world, or are not quite ready to retire, there are many opportunities available to you in finding jobs for retirees. The best piece of advice to seniors looking for jobs is to do something you love. If you love your job, then it won’t even feel like work.

Virtual Employment Could be the Answer for Retirees Seeking Jobs

You never expected to be looking up jobs for retirees. But your retirement dreams have turned into a nightmare. Your retirement investment funds have been hit hard with the collapse of the economy. Now there's a sickening feeling every morning when you wake up. "Will I be able to keep up with the cost of living?" You're not expecting to buy a villa in the south of France. Just to live comfortably without financial stress.

It's not like you can go back to work "out there." Think of the competition. Each day, we hear of more companies laying people off or going under themselves. There is an unprecedented unemployment disaster among us. And every one of these laid-off workers will be looking for work. So what can you do?

Have you considered a job where you could work from home? I'm not talking about scams ready to take advantage of you, either. I'm talking about a real work at home job. Nothing different than other employment except you work from the comfort of your own home.

This is beneficial to retirees jobs. You may have a disability where choosing your own hours to work is exactly what you need. You may be only able to devote a couple of hours a day to the job. But you can look for a job that fits with your lifestyle. No spending money on commuting and a special wardrobe, either.

If you have a good computer system with high-speed internet access, you have what you need to look for a work at home position in the "homeshoring" or telecommuting industry.

Chances are that you have the transferable skills to appeal to an employer. Whatever your career was before retirement, you should be able to find and apply for a job with your credentials. So where do you apply? Many of them are not advertised in your local paper. You could be working for someone who lives thousands of miles away from you!

Do research on the internet. Go to a search engine and type in "homeshoring or telecommuting jobs". You'll learn about this employment trend and have a better idea if it is something that would work with your lifestyle. Write down your skills and what you enjoy doing. Then set out to find the employers who are ready to hire you for a telecommuting job to see you through your retirement years.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

How to Find A Part Time Job

There are tons of ways to find out about part-time jobs that are available in your area. Here are just a few:

Make connections with other seniors who have part-time jobs. Talk to them about their jobs and find out what types of businesses are hiring retirees. You can also make connections with other adults who could possibly let you know about job opportunities in their companies. If you’re lucky, they can put in a good word for you and get your foot in the door!

Check the newspapers
Look in the classified ads of your local newspaper. There you will find listings of local job openings in just about every field. You can also find phone numbers of businesses you can call for information on available jobs for retirees.

Visit local businesses
Stop in and talk to managers at local businesses. Tell them that you’re looking for a job and ask them what types of opportunities they have available in the near future.

Search the Internet
Many companies post job openings on the Internet. Use job search sites, such as, to locate part-time jobs in your area. Just type in a keyword for the kind of job you are looking for, such as, “cashier,” “waiter,” or “sales associate,” and listings for available jobs based on the criteria you select will be displayed.

Flip through the Yellow Pages
Looking through the Yellow Pages can give you a perfect idea of the types of businesses there are in your area. If something looks interesting, all you have to do is call the number and ask if they are hiring. They will be able to tell you what you should do to go about getting a job with their company.

Start your own business
Be creative and start a business of your own. That doesn’t mean going out and buying your own car factory. It just means finding a service that your community needs and using your talents and “smarts” to make it happen. This could be mowing lawns in the summer or even your own personal greeting card business. There is no better way to show your initiative and leadership skills than to create a business yourself!

How to Find the Ideal Job for Seniors

Years ago, folks in their senior years weren't likely to remain in the work force; they seemed content to be winding down. Today's seniors are a vibrant, active group, have much to offer, and want to perform to their full potential. Many seniors, retired from their lifelong careers, seek opportunities to share their experience and unique gifts while earning a little spending money. If you are a senior looking for jobs for retirees, here are few tips for finding a great job:

Network. Spread the word to friends, family members, and other acquaintances that you are looking for a job. Many will be able to offer suggestions and someone may know of the perfect opportunity!

Head back to work. Check in with previous employers to see if they have anything available that may interest you. Unlike the pressures of your preceding full-time position, you may be able to do a scaled-down version of your old job into a part time job for retirees. You have considerable knowledge and experience to offer, making you an ideal choice for a consultant or as a mentor for young employees trying to make their mark.

Do what you love. Try to seek a job that allows you to indulge your interests or hobbies. Here are just a few ideas: If you are a voracious reader, apply at your local library or bookstore. Love kids? Try a daycare center or elementary school. Many places seek kindhearted classroom aides. Movie buffs may enjoy a job at a theater. You'll get to see all the new releases for free! If your garden is the envy of the neighborhood, consider applying at a flower shop or garden center. Love to shop 'til you drop? Most retailers offer generous discounts to their employees--maybe you can apply at your favorite store. Golf courses frequently hire experienced golfers to do a variety of tasks from groundskeeping to offering lessons which is a great part time job.

Freelance. Depending on your personal strengths, you may be able to offer tutoring or lessons to children and adults on a freelance basis. Some possible choices might include art or music lessons, bookkeeping and tax preparation, academic assistance, bicycle repair, or foreign language tutoring.

Get organized. Check with local seniors advocacy or social groups for ideas and suggestions. If you are not aware of any in your area, place a quick call to your town's city hall for a referral.
Read the paper. The classified ads in your local newspaper will offer a variety of current openings in your area. Scan them on a regular basis to get up to date information on possible opportunities.

The Internet really simplifies the process of looking for a job. Go to your favorite search engine and type in "part time job" along with the title of the position you are seeking as well as your hometown. Within the first handful of results, you will likely find a few possibilities.
Volunteer. If you are seeking a job more for the opportunity to offer a valuable service rather than for the purpose of earning money, you may want to consider volunteering. Many worthwhile organizations are in constant need of caring individuals to lend a hand. Choose a cause that holds special meaning for you and do your part to improve the world. And you never know, the volunteer position might also lead into a job opportunity.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Idle Time is Not For Me: Retirement Needs to be More Than Time for Play

You invested many years in the work force and made the decision to retire. You look forward to having time to travel, visit family and focus on your favorite hobby. That all sounds great, and most people can’t wait to have more hours for play instead of work in their day! But what happens if you discover that you feel you don’t have enough to do each day and need more structured activity?

This would be a great time for you to explore home-based business opportunities. Working from home would still provide you with flexible hours while offering you structured activity to incorporate into your day. It can also be helpful to earn some additional income to supplement your retirement pension and Social Security payments.

As a retiree, your experience and history in the work force give you a strong foundation to operate and manage a home-based business. It is time to invest in yourself and your skills and know that the work you conduct each day is for your business.

Before starting any home-based business, you need to assess your strengths and interests to determine which opportunities are the best match for you. In addition, always thoroughly research any business opportunities and talk to people who invested in those retiree jobs. Even though each person’s experience with that business opportunity will vary, you will hear some commonalities in what he/she shares to give you a sense of what is involved with this opportunity. Along with the research you conduct, listen to your instincts. Put your experience to work for you!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Job Search Basics for Seniors

The good news is that you can find a new job at virtually any age - even if your retired. The bad news is that some employers don’t yet recognize the value of workers over 50. Start by crossing them off your list (at least mentally) and focus on those who might. Of course you don’t know which is which until you actually get out there, but don’t assume no one will hire you because of your age. And keep in mind, that if you think nobody will hire you, you are probably right. To a great extent, a job search is a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you have a plan and work the plan, despite the obstacles, you are very likely to succeed when searching for a retiree job.

Before you start your search you need a plan. Here is one likely approach. Know the strengths and weaknesses that you have developed along the way and use them to your advantage. As an over 50 worker you have the advantage of a good work history. Identify the times when you were particularly successful and enjoying your work. Identify the major skills that you were applying and enjoying that made you successful. Identify the industries and markets you have been exposed to and the functional areas where you have experience (finance, sales, marketing, operations, etc.), and look particularly for unique skills or a combination of skills that you now have.

Using this skill set as a foundation, try to identify two or three scenarios that would have you jumping out of bed in the morning and would draw on the skills you have identified. In narrowing your focus, you might also look at your outside interests, the underlying values you possess, particularly those that might relate to a personal mission, other factors such as income requirements, geography, travel restrictions, etc. Also, look at trends in business and employment opportunities when searching for jobs for retirees. You want to ride the horse in the direction it’s going, an apt statement for the job search.

The next step is to do some research, test your career focus by talking with people who are already doing the job. Is it what you expect, are your skills transferable, does it look interesting, what are the disadvantages?

If you are looking for career continuation, working in the same industry in the same type of position you had most recently, you can do a traditional style job search. Contact employment agencies and search firms, surf the web and ask around to see if contacts know of opportunities.

If you want to change careers, functions or industries, you must network into opportunities. Traditional search strategies (ads and search firms) are typically career changer unfriendly because they are able to generate so many perfectly qualified candidates they don’t have to take a chance on training someone.

However you plan to search for jobs for retirees, you will need a resume or profile. There are books, articles (see ours) and web sites with virtually infinite variations on the perfect resume. Start writing your resume by assuming it won’t be perfect. Get it done and get on to the next step, which is to line up your references. You should have three to five people who know your work, are guaranteed to say wonderful things about you and who might be willing to introduce you to some of their contacts, as well as taking phone calls to vouch for you from potential employers.

There are also articles, books and web sites about interviewing. The good news is that interviews are open book exams. You know the questions you will get and can prepare for them. In particular, prepare for the questions you are afraid you might get. These are the ones that tend to put a damper on your search effort. And remember, enthusiasm sells.

In executing your plan to find retiree jobs, establish goals, set metrics around numbers of phone calls, letters, web responses, networking meetings, etc. as if it were a typical work project. Be positive, assertive and persistent in your execution, and if you follow these basic steps, you will succeed. If you are stalled, not achieving the results you want or have other questions, there are a number of career consultants (possibly including those at your alma mater’s career planning office) available to help.

(article source: By John Decker)

Some Great Jobs for Retirees

Today's seniors may either feel the pinch of the economy or be bored at home initiating the desire to return to the workforce. Volunteer work has been the standby for many retirees, but many are looking for second careers and, in some cases, a way to supplement their retirement income by getting a part time job.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20 percent of Americans 55 years and older will be working by 2015. Many post-retirees want to utilize their experience while allowing part-time or flexible hours.

Here we suggest some employment alternatives for seniors looking to get back into the workforce.

Corporate Assistant
Many corporate and small business offices have job-sharing programs for their office/clerical employees. Some great part-time office jobs include Administrative Assistant, Receptionist, and General Clerk. This can be a great part-time job for retirees because you only have to work four or five hours each day, and you can typically choose your shifts or rotate them with other employees. Employers benefit by not having to pay benefits to the part-time staffers.

Assistant Librarian

You might consider a part-time job as an assistant librarian. The hours tend to be flexible although the pay is not extremely high. Generally you do not need any previous experience to work as an assistant librarian. However, due to low funding, some small libraries will work only with volunteers. Consider pursuing a job in a university or specialty library where the pay rates might be higher. A librarian is a great job for retiree because of the flexible schedule and easy work load.

Substitute Teaching

School systems are often looking for reliable substitute teachers. If you think you possess the patience required to assist in the classroom, this job might provide the flexibility that you need. Substitute teacher requirements may differ form state to state, so be sure to research specific requirements in your area.

Medical Records Transcriptionist

Medical Records Transcriptionists transcribe medical dictation by physicians and other medical practitioners pertaining to patients' assessment, diagnostics, therapy, and other medical reports. Often, employees are required to have taken coursework in medical terminology. Many of these jobs are offered on a part-time basis and as a home-based work opportunity.

Consultant and Freelance Work

If you enjoy setting your own pace and your own hours, consulting is a great part-time job for retirees. You don't have to take any job that doesn't interest you and you can put your personal expertise to good use. Some consultants work for themselves while others find part-time work with large corporations.

If you're technologically inclined, you can start a consulting business with your home computer. If you enjoy writing, there are many online writing opportunities to explore. If you create arts and crafts, check with your local Chamber of Commerce to find art associations that offer arts and crafts shows in your area so you can market your artwork and/or handicrafts

Top 5 part time jobs for Retirees

If you are retiring, you might not be ready to hang up your employment hat just yet. Part time jobs for retirees are common, and companies are looking for someone experienced and responsible like you. Contrary to popular opinion, retirees are just as in-demand in the workplace as the young and inexperienced, if not more so. If you're looking for a part-time job after retirement, following are the top five.

Many corporate and small business offices have job-sharing programs for their office/clerical employees. This can be a great part time job for retirees because you only have to work four or five hours each day, and you can choose your shifts or rotate them with other employees. Job sharing programs are popular with start-ups because paying two part-time employees means that they don't have to provide benefits.

If you're looking for a part-time job in an office/clerical position, consider contacting local real estate, doctor and veterinary offices to inquire about open positions. You can also find jobs in the oil and gas industry, the staffing industry and the research field.

Assistant Librarian
If you like books, you might consider a part-time job as an assistant librarian. The hours are usually pretty flexible and you can sit for a large majority of the day. There is very little heavy lifting, which makes it a great part time job for retirees. You don't have to have any previous experience to be an assistant librarian and your chances of finding work in a large city or town are pretty decent.

The only downside to being an assistant librarian as a part-time job is that it doesn't often pay well. Some small libraries will work only with volunteers because their funds are so low. If you're looking to make more money, consider pursuing a job in a university or specialty library where the pay rates might increase.

For those of you who enjoy setting your own pace and your own hours, consulting is a great part-time job for retirees. You don't have to take any job that doesn't interest you and you can put your extensive background to good use. Some consultants work for themselves (self-employed) while others find part-time work with large corporations.

The great thing about this option is that it is one of the highest-paying part-time jobs for retirees. Many consultants earn in excess of $200 per hour for their services, but you do get to set your own prices. If you're technologically inclined, you can start a consulting business with your home computer and never leave your own home office.

Customer Service Representative
Department stores and retail outlets are always looking for retirees to fill part-time positions. A customer service representative can work as a greeter, a cashier or at the customer service desk, all of which are fairly easy jobs that provide stability and support. If you work for one of the larger retailers, you might also be able to get benefits if necessary for your part-time job, and you'll have your choice of hours.

If you're looking for a part-time job that doesn't require any physical activity, telemarketing might be right up your alley. This is another part-time job for retirees that can potentially pay a lot of big bucks, but is only recommended for professionals who have experience in direct sales. Telemarketing should also be considered very carefully with regard to business ethics. Make sure that the company for which you are interviewing has strong rules and policies when it comes to contacting potential customers.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Focus the Seasons on Your Part Time Job

I've seen a number of interesting twists in the world of part time jobs for seniors.

I once had a friend who worked doing people's taxes in the spring, as a tennis pro in the summer, took the fall off and traveled, sold calendars for the months of November and December, and taught skiing for the rest of the winter! (not being tied to a job, one winter he just took off for the southern hemisphere, and essentially taught tennis for 18 months straight without seeing the winter!)

I know people that have sworn on never having full time work - and have instead focused on juggling 3 or 4 part time careers - the funny thing about this situation is that often this meant that they actually made more money and spent less time working!

Part time jobs for retirees can result in actually being more lucrative per hour if managed properly - set up with the right timing and focus. While it sometimes means that you need to be available on short notice, it can also mean that you have a large stretch of time to live your life. Many people in the full time career world spend 50 weeks of the year slaving away, just to have 2 weeks on a beach - of that time, they spend 1 week unwinding, and 1 week getting anxious about all their work that has piled up in the office!

Seasonal work is great because it's always changing - there's no day to day similarities, there's no stretch of 6 months where you're thinking that you've seen all this before.

Here's how to be prepared for it:

- Know "who's who"

It helps if you know the local area - are there calendar shops that you see in the same corner of the mall every year? If so contact the mall and find out who runs them - it's good to get in contact with them.

Most people working in the area of seasonal part time jobs for retirees move in a relatively small circle - since they're always changing jobs, chances are they've worked together before!

- Have a talent

Sports pros are usually in demand for seasonal work (especially if you can show that you're reliable), as are landscapers, construction trades, and restaurant / wait staff.

Having a background in any of these areas, as well as references is always an advantage. Focus on what you've accomplished, and keep in touch with old managers (you never know when they might have extra work for one-off jobs available) so that reference calls aren't that unfamiliar.

Accreditations and qualifications are very useful - many sports (skiing, tennis, etc.) have professional level accrediations that are transferrable around the world and will help a potential employer determine your skill and ability level.

By having a large number of different skills, it should be east to make part time careers your full time careers!

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Part Time Jobs from your Home

Most people who seek to make money online start out by working part time at it, and hope to see some results fast. It maybe to pay bills, finance a vacation, or help in some other way, but no matter how it's spent, it's nice to have some extra cash coming in. The following are part time jobs from home that can earn approximately $1000 each month just by working a few hours a week.

Become an Online Seller

Many choose to begin earning money online by signing up with an online seller. It costs nothing to open an account and it only takes minutes to list an item and earn money from it. It's recommended to become familiar with the site's practices before diving in. Purchase a couple items from the site that you have been meaning to buy, just to see things form the buyer's perspective.

Once you have the basics down, you can begin listing your own items for sale. You probably have almost $1000 worth of stuff laying around your home that you've been meaning to get rid of, and you can do that in your first month. Once you begin selling items, invest some of your earnings into shopping at yard sales and thrift stores for bargains that you can re-sell on eBay and still earn money.

Become an Affiliate Marketer

If you do not have your own products to sell, you can earn money by promoting other people's stuff. Digital products work best, as they can be purchased and in the customer's hand in a matter of seconds. Look for one of the leading affiliate marketing marketplaces on the Internet, with 1000's of products available for sale in many different niches.

Many affiliate marketing companies are free to join. Once you have an account, you will have access to special links. When a customer clicks your links and makes a purchase, you get a percentage of the sale. Advertising your links can be done through articles, blogs, websites, and pay-per-click advertising. The more people you can get your link in front of, the better!

Sell Greeting Cards w/ Karens Cards

What's Your Definition of a Rewarding and Profitable Career? Is it:

The ability to set flexible hours and be your own boss?
Enjoying a career that fulfills, rather than drains you?
Adding supplemental income to your family's coffers?
Working in a field where your generosity and creativity pay off?
Making someone's day, at least once a day?
All of the above?

If you mentally checked off “All of the above,” then I'd like to show you something tailor-made for entrepreneurial, motivated moms like yourself. In fact, there’s a whole network of us waiting to meet you. Hello, I’m Karen Saunders. I’ve owned a successful home-based business for more than 18 years. Sometimes I struggled with how to stay in touch with my clients, ask them for referrals and communicate with prospective clients.

Three years ago I found a solution and a new business opportunity
I mentioned my dilemma to my business coach and she introduced me to a customized card sending program that has transformed my business. In just one year, my home-based business expanded to the point where I’m keeping five associates busy.

Now I devote most of my time to my card business – Karen’s Cards. Now I’m offering you the opportunity to start your own card sending business and enjoy the same success that I’ve achieved.

All you’ll do is introduce entrepreneurs, small business owners, clients, associates, and individuals to this unique program. Show them the customized, high-quality cards appropriate for many occasions (holiday greetings, recognizing customers’ birthdays, thank-you notes, requesting referrals, etc.). I have also had great success with this business using the law of attraction.

For just about 75 cents an account holder can go to their computer to log in, select from a wide variety of designs, write a personalized message, and have a professional – yet personal – card automatically printed and mailed!

This program allows even the smallest business to expand its client base through relationship marketing. You can probably name dozens of businesses that can benefit from this perfect part time job!

The Secret with Being Happy About your Part Time Job

Happiness with your part time job is a result of getting the part time job at a company that you really WANT to work for, and not one that you just need (for the money or because you were referred by someone or just because it is convenient)

Take these steps to ensure your happiness when you finally do find a part time job.

First, pull out a piece of paper and start by making a list of all of the places that you FEEL that you would like to work for.

What sort of things are you interested in, in life? Do you like sports? Do you like computers? Do you love food? Are you a friendly type of person and like to talk and meet people? Do you like to stay on top of current news and events? Does business and finance interest you? Do you love the latest electronic gadgets? Are you on top of the latest cell phone technology?

The second step is to narrow down the list of things that interests you and possible companies that you can apply for a part time job at.

Factors to help narrow down the list are:

  • What companies are closest to your home
  • Which companies are hiring immediately
  • Which companies offer the best benefits package
  • Which companies offer the best flexibility with hours and scheduling
  • Which companies have a history of promoting good employees
  • Which companies pay the most money per hour

Third step is to view the list of part-time jobs at a nearby career center or start applying online for part time jobs for retirees at only companies that you WANT to work for that scores the highest points based on the above criteria..

Working at a place that you WANT to work for will allow you to contribute to a positive environment because deep down inside, your heart and soul are "being fed" because you are surrounded by things that interests you and fellow employees that are fun to work with.

Naturally, because you are happy inside, it will be reflected in your outward behavior. It is always helpful to find a job that could lead to a law of attraction career which focuses on being happy on the inside and believing good things will happen to you.

The way you walk, the way you interact with your fellow employees, the way you greet your customers, the way you are explaining the products that you are selling, the way you respect the management team, etc...

These things will all be a reflection of your inner happiness.

Part time jobs for retirees are a good place to practice going after what you want in life. Make the most of your job search and get the job you REALLY WANT!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Can Seniors Work at Home For Free?

By Kathy H

All of a sudden I found that it was about time for me to retire, but I really couldn't afford to. I needed to find a way to make some money at home for when I retired. I was like so many seniors that want to work at home, and when I started looking for something, everything I found you needed money to get started, or it turned out to be a complete scam.

So how can seniors work at home? The answer is Freebie Trading. Seniors can make money, and get free stuff too and not have to put out a lot of cash.

The method is very simple. You sign up on a freebie forum and find a mentor (On most of the forums everyone there will be willing to help you) then you do a couple of advertisers offers, the mentor you have chosen will guide you and give information to help you along the way, and when you have completed the required amount of offers your mentor will pay you. You will repeat this process for several other advertisers and get paid by your mentor.

Although you will be spending some money on the advertisers offers, I have found that I can use that to my advantage, by buying things, I can use for birthday presents for the grandchildren and for Christmas presents.

Oh yeah, by the way, those advertisers you bought offers from.... Well they will be giving you gifts to bring new referrals to them.

This is a legitimate way for seniors to make some of those extra dollars, and get gifts for friends and family at the same time. You can even earn yourself a few free gifts along the way. Because of Freebie Trading, I will be giving my hubby a new Wii for his birthday this year.

Learning Freebie trading is easy and takes no special skills, so everyone can do it.

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The Benefits of Jobs for Seniors

By Grayson Thrush

Many seniors whom have been retired for some time find that they wish to pursue a job again. This is a terrific opportunity for such people to pursue their passions, giving little if any regard to financial compensation. Their financial future is already secure, and now they can follow their hearts.

Often times, this comes in the form of working for well-intentioned nonprofit organizations. These opportunities can be found in any number of welfare agencies such as animal shelters, rescue missions, hospice, and a wide array of initiatives put forth by faith-based organizations.

Pursuing a job as such will help keep the mind vibrant and active. It will also bolster social lives, as seniors often find friendships with one another through these types of arrangements. The benefits of this are many, including increased longevity and decreased ailments such as dementia. There is a lot of comfort to be found in building relationships with others in situations similar to our own. There is a sense of not being in it alone anymore.

Some seniors even decide to forgo compensation altogether and volunteer on a regular basis. They have a lifetime of experience, knowledge and wisdom to draw upon and share. It engenders great pride to have opportunities to share these assets to the benefit of others.

One's golden years need not be spent whiling away time in an assisted living center. Seniors are poised to deliver many positive outcomes for society at large. This is a symbiotic relationship in that both community and individual seniors reap benefits.

Planning your retirement can be a fun and rewarding experience. For more information, please see Retirees Job and/or Jobs For Retirees.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Travel Jobs for Retirees

Retiring, retired, or hoping to soon be? Would you like to hear that there are travel jobs for retirees? Do you need to keep working but want change in your life from the old job routine? How about having some spicy adventures that will bring back your youth? After personally asking some senior citizens a few questions, many of the number one answers to what they'd like to do after retirement was travel and see the world.

Probably this would affect more retirees who have lost their mate, or for other reasons, lived alone. But, there are couples who do this together also. Upon doing some research some time back, here is what I discovered and would like to pass on to you, if you're interested:

Try Snowbirding!

What is snowbirding? Don't feel bad because millions of others have never heard of it either. Basically, it is when a person or group of people go to one area, for a season of work, then go to another area to do jobs set up for them. For example, during cold weather you might travel to Florida for so many months. Then, as the weather there begins to really heat up, you might travel to North Carolina to the mountains. You would work a job, enjoying the cool mountain air.

There are some that own their own home. They might live in Maine in the summer in their own home, then travel south in the winter to work during the cold spell. Vacationers usually visit an area because of the beautiful views, or the exotic locations on the map. Plus, of course the weather conditions play a part too. With the snowbirders these things are important also, although they have extended reasons as they stay there longer, and have a job to do.

Availability of a good hospital or medical center, and their clubs or churches play a very important part in their decision. Since they will be living there a number of months out of the year, several factors are taken into consideration when looking at jobs for retirees.

Country Clubs/Resorts/Golf!

These are just some of the places that are using people who travel to different locations to do work for them. Do a search online by simply typing in "snowbirding" with quotes and you'll get quite a list, depending on what you are looking for. The pay is reasonable, you can travel seeing different parts of our beautiful world, and this is a wonderful way to mix business and pleasure. Some have families in areas they work out of, so what a way to go.

One last suggestion:

If these travel jobs for retirees seems to fit your fancy, hear this. I have a good friend who works for CVS, which is a large chain of pharmacies, and he told me some valuable information, I'd like to pass on to you. This big drugstore chain gives their working employees the option of working on a snowbird level if they so desire. If this sounds good to you, check with the CVS manager close to you. Wishing you a world of success because you, my fellow retirees, are the greatest folks on earth.

If the thought of snowbirding or other jobs for retirees interest you, make sure you go to for a complete guide to show you what is available.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Using the Wisdom of the Crowd - Finding A Job in Retirement

written by: Mark Miller

Finding a job is challenging for anyone in tough economic times but it’s harder if you’re over age 50 and searching for jobs for retirees. It’s illegal for employers to discriminate based on age, but any older job-seeker will tell you it happens every day.

That reality is colliding with the intent of baby boomers, most of whom hope—and need—to keep working past traditional retirement age. So, what are the best strategies for landing a job when you’re over 50?

I posed that question via an informal survey of hundreds of business people who’ve been on both sides of the hiring desk—employers and job seekers. I did it by querying my network on LinkedIn, the online social network for business people. In just a few hours, I received nearly three dozen passionate, thoughtful responses. Clearly, this is a hot-button issue in the business world.

But my respondents weren’t complaining about age discrimination. That’s accepted as a fact of life. Instead, they were pushing 50-plus job seekers to adopt smart strategies for selling themselves, networking aggressively, and generally cleaning up their act when it comes to interviewing.

Summarizing the wisdom of the crowd: You can get this done—and here’s how:

It’s not all about you. “The most important thing in getting a job after 50 is to understand why anyone would hire you,” says Scott Kane, managing director of Gray Hair Management, a career network and coaching organization for senior-level job seekers. “There’s one common reason people get hired—when the hiring manager sees the candidate as the solution to their problem.”

Kane and others say older job seekers looking for jobs for retirees too often want to talk about themselves in job interviews—narrating their resumes in too much detail, and even showing off the battle scars inflicted by unjust employers of the past.

Leave the history and attitude at the door. Instead, go into interviews prepared to listen and understand your prospective employers current situation and issues. Research the company thoroughly in advance. You’re there to find a way to match up the employer’s problems with specific areas of your experience that make you the obvious solution.

“Don’t whine about your last company, your financial situation, your health or your children,” says J.P. Stein, a career coach and human resources consultant. “The employer really doesn’t care. They are interested in earning more revenue, not in providing you with counseling.”

Technology really matters. Most baby boomers are comfortable with basic business technology—computers, the web, e-mail and mobile technology. Still, Luddites lurk in the applicant pool who want to get by on ignorance for the remainder of their working lives.

“You need to know how to use the basic programs on a computer and have an e-mail address that sounds business-like,” says Tim Driver, CEO of

Adds Susan Ayers Walker, who writes about technology for “Know how to apply the latest technology to your prospective job. If you are applying for a sales job, know about mobile technology like smart phones and Web 2.0 applications, and how to find hotspots for your laptop. If you are applying for a marketing position, then know how to use (Microsoft) Powerpoint, Excel and Publisher and know how to start and/or post to a blog.”

Make the cultural connection. Show younger hiring managers that you’re not stuck in the past. “Be brutally honest with yourself,” says executive recruiter Jim Stranberg. “Understand how you are perceived by others—the way you look, the words you use, the attitudes you hold. Clean up your act before you enter the market.”

Network creatively. If you haven’t joined LinkedIn, do so immediately. It’s free, and with a little investment of time you’ll build a useful professional network that can help with your next professional move and build your knowledge. A LinkedIn profile also is a great way to show potential employers that you’re up to speed on the web and social networking.

Rick Lopatin, a finance executive who was merged out of a job earlier this year, is a fan of LinkedIn but also focuses on non-virtual networking. He tries to attend as many industry and professional meetings and conferences as possible. He’s also tapped into some less traditional networks. “I have attended my 8th grade reunion—a great resource for network expansion!”

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Perfect Jobs for Retiress

Everyone will retire one day, and most people really look forward to it. After all it's a time you can finally kick back and do all those things that we never had the time for before. Things like new hobbies, more time with family and friends, relax, and travel. These things might sound interesting when you're slaving away at work. But when you spend all your time doing these things, you might wonder about whether these activities are as meaningful as work was.

You might think that finding another job after retirement seems crazy. But think about it, a long term activity that you can dedicate yourself to. Doesn't that sound meaningful? Retirement can last a long time, and there is only so much fishing, travelling and relaxing you can do day in and day out. This time, you're not just working for a paycheck, you're working for something you really enjoy, something that can enrich your life.

Here are five perfect jobs for retirees.

1. Consulting. Don't let all that wonderful business knowledge go to waste. Become a consultant for your old company or other companies. You can work part time, or when you're needed. This way you won't overload yourself with work. Companies will pay more for your services as you're not a full time employee, so they save on the benefits the regular employees get.

2. Temping. Think of temporary employees as substitute teachers. A company may urgently need to fill in a position for a regular employee on a short term basis which is perfect for a retirement job. For example to cover maternity leave. The company doesn't want to hire a full time employee only to fire them in a few months. That's where temps come in. You can work occasionally and earn some extra cash, while the company gets the cover they need without having to go through the hassle of hiring someone full time.

3. Seasonal jobs. Holidays are always a busy time for those in the service industry. With more customers around, companies need more staff. Why not get a job during the holidays. A lot of companies find retired workers to be more patient and have excellent customer service skills.

4. Those who can, teach. Retirees have had much valuable work experience and knowledge. In fact many professors or teachers in middle and high schools may have been retired professionals. It would be a shame to waste that wealth of knowledge and wisdom, so why not pass it on to the younger generations.

5. Non-profit organizations. Working for these organizations not only earns you a little extra money, but also add purpose to your retirement. You can change policies and petition the state and federal agencies for more money to support your programs and make a real difference to your community.

Retirement doesn't mean long boring days of trying to find something meaningful to do. You can add meaning and inspiration to your later years by re-entering the workforce, and do something you really care about for a change. If you know where to look, finding jobs for retirees is not difficult at all.

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How to Find A Job Fast Even if Retired

There are times when it's not a matter of finding the best job, but finding a job period, and finding it fast. Those types of times are upon us, and using the usual means of sending your cover letter and resume out don't work if you need something quickly. So here are some tips on what you can do when you need to land a job like yesterday.

The first secret to finding a job quickly is to understand that starting at the beginning doesn't work, we need to tap into already existing circumstances in order to do it quickly.

One way that works is to look at the networks you already have; whether professional or personal. Many times these networks aren't really tapped that often or even thought of as networks because they may be people you just hang out with in general, or professional ties you've connected with before you retired.

But when it comes to finding a job quickly, forget about anything but letting people know you're looking for a job and that you're willing to work at just about anything to get it.

Remember, you're trying to get a job in a very difficult market. That requires lowering expectations in order to survive until things turn around. When you are looking for jobs for retirees don't look for jobs that generally older people have. In the tough job market we are in today, people of all ages are fighting for the same jobs.

The key point it to identify networks you already have and don't assume they don't have any value in job hunting. Anyone has the potential to know about a job available somewhere. Just start asking and you'll be surprised at how many opportunities start to turn up.

If you're too fussy at a time like this, then in reality, you're really not trying to get hired quickly, you're acting like we're in a normal hiring environment, which we're not. So you must be flexible in this type of economic situation, and if you're not, you're going to end up having to be one way or the other. Better to do it right away than be brought to the place of having absolutely no option but to take the first thing that comes your way.

How about your neighbors

If you have had some contact with neighbors, they can make an excellent source of information for possible job openings. They also talk to one another a lot, so if you ask one about it, they can spread the word around the neighborhood and you're sure to get a hit quickly.

Local pals

We tend to put our net way too far at times we're looking for jobs, and if we have the time to do that, it works great, but when we need a job quick, local is probably the best place to spread the word.

So any of your friends can be sources for job opportunities, and don't fail to let them know you're looking. Almost all of this is about communication, and the more you communicate locally, the better chances at getting a job quick.

Organizational Ties

Most of us belong to some type of organization or another; whether church or what have you, and there are a lot of people you can let know that you are job hunting, and that can very quickly generate legitimate job possibilities in a hurry. Just get the word of mouth going and get out of the way.

Former managers or supervisors

Assuming you're on good terms with former bosses, they are a great source for job openings; not only for where they work, but they are always in contact with other businesses and managers that are looking for people. You never know, if you left on good terms with them, they offer you a job then and there.

This one almost always works

I've had to apply this strategy to my job searches in the past when I was getting desperate, and that's to go to a local mall and start applying.

Many times you don't have to go store to store, but can find an answer desk where any store in the mall that is looking for workers has that information available.

While that's what I would try first, I would still try individual stores if there's not much there, as many stores don't immediately post job opportunities, and so you could walk into one without any competition to battle for the job. This can be one of the fastest ways to get a job if you are getting right down to it.

Online job searches

You would have thought I would have listed this first, but with needing a job quickly, the Internet, in many cases, is much slower to respond, and you may have to go through many hoops to get something.

So because the parameters we're talking about is securing a job quickly, we can't rely on the Internet for that.

Now having said that, I would still put out my application, but I would it in conjunction with my local networks and searches. If you don't you'll find yourself getting deeper in financial trouble waiting for an online opening or response, which probably is the most competitive and time consuming out there.

Follow these numerous strategies and you should be able to get a job for retired quickly and start bringing in some much needed income.

(Source: Ellen Stevens)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

How to Find the best Retirement Jobs

Whatever your reason may be, if you’ve decided that you want or need a retirement job—to keep working or to re-enter the workforce after you’ve been retired for a few years—here are a few ideas to help you find jobs for retirees:

STAY WHERE YOU ARE—The best place to find a part-time job for retirees may be with your current employer.
According to a study by Cornell University:

-3 out of 4 companies would permit older employees to reduce their hours rather than take full retirement, but not many employers list retirement job option as part of their formal employment policies.

-26 percent of employers that would allow older employees to reduce their hours prior to retirement would not change the employees’ health benefits.

-40 percent would allow employees to draw pension benefits even though they’re working part-time at retirement jobs.

FIND A NEW PART-TIME RETIREMENT JOB—More employers are interested in hiring seniors, and some are even setting up special recruiting programs for retirement jobs to attract older workers.

AARP has formed partnerships with several national employers, who now have programs to recruit, hire and train older workers.

In addition, many other organizations help to connect prospective employers and interested older workers, such as the National Council on Aging.

BE A CONSULTANT—Use the expertise you developed during your working years to offer short-term consulting or freelance services to companies that prefer to contract for temporary on certain projects. Generally, you will need to get a business license, keep records, and file taxes as a business on the income you earn.

BE A TEMP—The largest employer in the U.S. is not a major corporation like Boeing or Microsoft; it’s Manpower Inc., a temp agency based in Milwaukee.

Temporary employees (“temps”) are used by many businesses to supplement full-time staff or to help out with special projects. Temps often earn as much as permanent workers. Hourly rates range from $10 to $30, depending on the type of work being performed and where you’re located. In addition, about 30 percent of temp jobs turn into full-time positions.

USE GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS—Federal and state governments have set up a variety of programs to provide job training and employment services to seniors, and so have many local communities.

One of the best government programs is the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), a program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps low-income people 55 and older prepare for a variety of community service jobs.

Notable community programs include the Career One-Stop Centers and America’s Job Bank. Check with your state Employment Security Department, Department of Labor, or Department of Aging for other senior employment programs in your area.

As More People Seek Retirement Jobs, More Become Available
Fortunately, as more seniors decide to incorporate retirement jobs into their retirement plans, many companies are finding it necessary to start thinking seriously about hiring more older workers.

Part of the decision to create more retirement jobs is driven by the demographics of an aging workforce:

-By 2010, more than 51 percent of the workforce is expected to be aged 40 or older, a 33 percent increase since 1980,

-And the number of workers aged 55 and older will grow from 13 percent of the labor force in 2000 to 20 percent in 2020.

-In March 2004, the Harvard Business Review wrote: "Long-standing human resources practices invest heavily in youth and push out older workers. This must change – and public policy too – or companies will find themselves running off a demographic cliff as baby boomers age."

So if you are considering a job for retirees, now is a good time to start planning or to start looking for the retirement job that’s right for you.

Job Searching Over Fifty Tips

By 55-Alive! Featured Contributor - Roberta Chinsky Matuson

Forty may be the new fifty but not if you are job searching. We have laws to protect us from age discrimination in the workplace but in reality discrimination occurs daily. Don't be discouraged if you are looking for jobs for retirees. You can improve your chances of breaking through the age barrier and landing a fulfilling job by following these tips.

Give your resume a facelift
The purpose of a resume is to get you a job right? Wrong. All a well-written resume will do is get you in the door for an interview. Then it's up to you to convince the company you are the best candidate for the job.

Does your resume look weathered? Has it grown to three or four pages over time? Do you still list your first job after high school graduation? Are you displaying the date you received your college degree? Freshen your resume up by condensing your background. Limit your job history to the past 10 years and eliminate dates that reveal your age. Worried about losing important information? Consider summarizing the relevant pieces of your previous work history into a few short paragraphs. A lighter, more updated look should increase your chances of receiving interviews.

Some companies still handle resumes the old fashion way. They read them. However, many organizations are turning to resume management systems, which require a different type of resume. Action words, such as "managed" or "designed" used to be in vogue. Today it's more important to use nouns, since many employers are searching their databases using key words.

Looks matter
Understandably you want people to accept you for who you are but in our culture looks matter. There are many things you can do to update your appearance without taking drastic measures.
Start with your wardrobe. Dressing for interviews can be confusing in this day of business casual. Half the people in the office are wearing jeans while the other half are in Dockers. Neither of these clothing items are appropriate for an interview. This is your opportunity to make a good first impression. It's better to be a bit overdressed than to dress too casually.
If your suits still have shoulder pads then it's time to make a trip to the mall. If you can't afford to buy a new outfit, then consider removing the shoulder pads and purchasing a few accessories to freshen up your wardrobe.

When's the last time you had your hair professionally styled? If you can't recall the date, call for an appointment today. While there, consider throwing in a few highlights to cover some of those gray hairs. You can always go back to your original look once you've landed the job.
Be prepared

It used to be enough to walk into an interview prepared to discuss the company's latest product or marketing strategy. Today you have to be prepared to meet with someone who may be half your age.

Don't assume the person interviewing you isn't the decision-maker. In some companies, like technology-based organizations, you may very well be speaking with one of the founding partners. When responding to interview questions, watch your tone. Most organizations are looking for enthusiastic and energetic employees, regardless of age.

Passive job searching didn't work when you were twenty so what makes you think it will work now? Get out of the house and start connecting. Attend conferences, association meetings and become visible. Don't just show up. Become involved. Offer to lead a committee or recruit volunteers for a nonprofit. You never know whom you might impress in the process.

Don't assume your contacts would have called you if they were interested in offering assistance. It doesn't work that way. Be proactive. Let everyone know that you are searching for a new job opportunity and ask them for the names of others who they think can assist you.

Job searching can be a daunting task or a process that encourages you to push your boundaries. Like age, it's all in your attitude, don't go into an interview feeling down on yourself. With todays ecomony, many seniors are looking for jobs for retirees.

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Roberta Matuson is an expert at creating intergenerational harmony at work. She's President of Human Resource Solutions, a firm that provides consulting and training to resolve intergenerational conflicts and help companies capitalize on the unique generational perspectives of their workforce. She has appeared on FOX's "The O'Reilly Factor" and has been quoted in The New York Times, Boston Globe, and many other national business publications.