By Angela Colley
NEW YORK (MoneyTalksNews) —While some people see retirement as a time to sleep in, play golf or tackle projects around the house, not everyone wants to — or can — stop working when they’ve hit retirement age.
If you’re considering rejoining the workforce after your retirement, you likely have more going for you than you realize, but you also may need to update some skills. In the video below, Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson offers advice for retirees looking for a part-time, full-time or temporary job. Check it out, then read on for more.
Let’s hash out the tips and tools you’ll need to become employed again.
1. Know your assets
As RetiredBrains founder Art Koff said in the video, retirees have a major advantage over younger job seekers: flexibility. While many young job hunters are looking for a full-time position with benefits, many older workers can be more flexible. If you’re willing to take a part-time, seasonal or contract job without benefits, you could have a leg up over other applicants.You also have another powerful asset: the knowledge you’ve gained from decades in the workforce. In your field, that know-how quite likely qualifies you as an expert, which can also open doors to related jobs. For example:
- A former marketing agent could teach marketing and copywriting at a local community college.
- A former police officer could find work as a security guard or consultant.
- A former human resources professional could work in a staffing agency.
When you’re searching, use these assets to your advantage. Your flexibility and knowledge make you very attractive to employers.
2. Update your resume
Before you can begin applying for jobs, you’ll need to update your resume. Follow these tips:
- Keep it simple. Keep your resume short — one page is best – and only include detailed information from the last 10 years.
- Skip the objective. Almost all resume templates have an objective section, but they are often either too generic or overdone. Skip this section or use it to spotlight your skills.
- Highlight achievements. Don’t just mention past positions and their respective dates. Weave in your greatest achievements and quantify your accomplishments.