Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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:
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.
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 http://www.enterretirement.com for a complete guide to show you what is available.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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 Retirementjobs.com.
Adds Susan Ayers Walker, who writes about technology for AARP.org: “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
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.
Source: Richard T. Tyler Home
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
© 2006 Human Resource Solutions. All rights reserved.
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.
Monday, August 17, 2009
1. Register with temp firms in your local area. Many temporary jobs turn out to be permanent. Also if you get work through a temp firm it helps build your resume for future work assignments.
2. Try to get an interview with an employer you are not interested in working for to practice your interviewing skills. You don't want to go to your first interview in a long time with the employer you are really interested in working for and make easily correctable mistakes.
3. Consider having your resume re-written or updated by an expert as the resume you used years ago is no longer appropriate. There are even resume writing professionals that can help those with specific problems like older workers that have not had their resume updated for many years.
4, Put your resume up on those job boards that connect job seekers with employers seeking to hire them. Niche sites are particularly effective. For example if you are an older worker check out www.RetiredBrains.com If you live in the Philadelphia area try www.phillyjobs.com For a list of niche sites with links to areas such as accounting and finance, administrative, engineering, health care, human resources, etc.
5. Look for temporary or project assignments as they are much more available than full-time jobs. Often times jobs for retirees are on a part time schedule which might be better for your schedule anyways.
6. When applying for a job tell the employer you are willing to work on a project or temporary basis. This often gives you a leg up on workers who are often unable to accept this kind of employment. Temporary employment can often lead to full-time work.
Remember you should not be embarrased searching for retiree jobs. Many people over the age of 60 have gone back to the work force and are enjoying their part time jobs. Hopefully if you are looking jobs for retirees this article was helpful!
There are many benefits to choosing a law of attraction career. Before plunging into one, take a moment to consider a few of them.
You will likely be able to set your own hours, giving you more than a little flexibility in your personal schedule. Many people who seek out such a law of attraction career have small children. Thus, you will be able to participate in your children's daily activities somewhat more than if you were to be working from an office outside of the home. If your child has an event such as a piano recital, baseball game, etc. you can probably be there. This type of arrangement will enable you to truly achieve the work-life balance that so many desire.
You will save time by avoiding a potentially lengthy commute. You will also save money on gas, maintenance costs, and insurance. Imagine not having to face rush-hour traffic twice each day. It is common for one to spend up to ten hours or more on the road in commute time each week. Think about how you would rather spend those hours.
Office politics will become a thing of the past. You will be judged based upon merit alone. If you are talented and productive, then you will be successful, financially as well as personally. There is a certain pride in craftsmanship that comes with working for your self. You will find joy in serving your customers well!
The benefits of a law of attraction career are many. Be sure to do appropriate due diligence before committing to one. You may find that your personality and lifestyle choices are highly amenable to such an arrangement.
Having a law of attraction career has many advantages. Likewise, there are some concerns with such an endeavor that should be addressed prior to beginning.
One such concern is that a law of attraction career can be somewhat isolating. This can come in the form of a perceived lack of camaraderie. With no peers close at hand, it can seem that you are going it alone. You may miss out on "water cooler" talk with coworkers. You may also feel that you have nobody with whom you can problem-solve and share ideas. Rest assured, this is not the case. There are many networks of people whom work from home to foster the sharing of contacts, creative ideas, strategies, tactics, and lessons-learned. Such networks provide a sense of community and work-life balance.
Another issue that must be dealt with is child-care. Many individuals with young children go into a home-based career with the idea that they will avoid child-care costs since they will be working in the home. It is important to draw a line between family time and work time. It is not feasible to look after small children, while concurrently working productively. Arrange for preschool, daycare, playgroups, or a babysitter during the hours in which you intend to be working. In this way, your children will get the attention they need, and likewise so will your work.
These are but two areas of concern that any law of attraction career worker must address. Try to view these issues as opportunities rather than hurdles or roadblocks.
Monday, August 10, 2009
If you are looking for work relax. Yes you can actually make money month after month on the internet and there are thousands of business that will pay you to do it. You can start as small time as you want and build you business or you can do all the work yourself. Best of all you can work the hours you want and live the live you want. There are many jobs for retirees out there, you just need to know where to look!
Here is what you do:
1) Figure what you like to do. What are your interests, what hobbies do you have. If you are a professional it is easy you can market your own services. If you are not and just want to make money there are thousands of companies that will pay you to market for them.
2) Find a Hungry Market - Do some research - Got to Freewords Wordtracker dot com and see which of your niches actually have people looking for them.
3) Go out to one of the online market places and find a product that you want to promote. These Electronic Market places are great for beginners as they collect the money and mail you a check. No need for you to get a merchant account and worry about charge backs and returns, fulfilling the product or customer service.
4) Once you have found a hungry market and picked a product simply Market your product through the free online services to market. YouTube.com, WebWire.com (Press Releases), Fax out press releases to local and national media, Start a Blog, Write Articles.
5) In all of your promotion give out the website of the product you are advertising.
6) Check you online accounts to see what your sales are each day.
7) Go to the mail box and collect your checks!
It really is that easy and once you find the market you want to promote you can outsource the rest of the marketing to online services. You could not turn it off if you wanted to and you will make money month after month year after year.
(Source: Donald Griffith)
Thanks to online computer savvy, seniors can work from their home, bringing in cash to make up the difference in the size of their monthly checks. This not only removes lots of stress from a retirees mind, but lets them live a very comfortable lifestyle.
There's a problem to consider along with the wonderful opportunity of a home business. Simply that there are those who would prey on you seniors and try to take advantage of your every move. Just as the online internet is a blessing to retirees, scams are very plentiful causing you to do many hours of searching for the right ones. This can add up to days and weeks of wasted time which could be better used to bring income in instead. Without this research for the true online programs, you could lose lots of money to these scammers as well as time.
The answer to your problem? First of all, just research so you can know the difference between genuine work at home jobs and scams. Face the facts head on. A rule of thumb is: "If something is too good to be true, usually it is." Before taking a chance on losing money to scammers, do complete research into the product. Here's one of the better ways to find out about a product or service: type the product name into a Google search box that you're interested in making a purchase of, and add the word "scam".
There's a big scam going on right now dealing with processing rebate checks, so if you were interested in perhaps trying this out, you'd type "rebate processing"+"scam", and this would bring up any scams dealing with this particular job. Do any other jobs you're interested in doing or products you are thinking of buying the same way.
Locating genuine jobs for retirees is very possible if you know what to look for and where to go. There actually are unlimited possibilities for you if you'll only learn and take complete advantage of the world wide web called the "internet". That way, you will discover the true freedom of making money and living life to the fullest in that wonderful time of our lives called retirement.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Recently there was some research on Career Building for Retired Senior Citizens that found what the Top 20 Jobs For Retired Seniors are. Retirement Jobs are Jobs that a Retired Senior Citizen (age 50+ adults) could pursue as a second career, these jobs are available due to their high demand. According to Robert Skladany, from Retirement Jobs.com, there are certain Jobs that are likely to attract the growing Senior Citizen Workforce.
The Top 20 Retirement Jobs are:
1. Licensed & Registered Nurse
2. Healthcare technician
3. Healthcare administration
4. Teaching assistant & aide
5. Contract & temporary worker
6. Merchandise and grocery retailing
7. Retail sales
8. Accounting & finance, tax preparers
9. Banking & lending
10. Professional driver
11. Customer service representative
12. Non-profit services & administration
13. Insurance & investment services
14. Home care & personal aide
15. Hospitality & food service staff
16. Office clerical & administrative
18. Franchise and business owner
19. Small business employers
20. Federal, state, and municipal government
According to the Retirement Weekly Newsletter Nov. 23, 2007, the success of seniors in one of the Top 20 Jobs depend on opportunities, worker preferences, and the ability to meet requirements.
In todays economic situation many Seniors are facing a cash flow crunch, with rising living costs and healthcare expenses Seniors are challenged with having to make the difficult decision of starting a new career during retirement. For example, unlike a younger prospective employee, Seniors face unique challenges with transportation and physical limitations, medical appointments and others. Because of those challenges Seniors often settle for less than they could when seeking a second career primarily due to a lack of appreciating their prior experience and their being able to market themselves in a way that both rewards and excites themselves and benefits the employer.