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Author: Ingvar - Retiree In Training  


Working after retirement


If you are a baby boomer 50+ and haven't looked for a job for a while - you will be surprised at how much things have changed. Many of us in the "old days" used paper, typewriters, fax machines, envelopes and stamps. We'd make up a nice resume on fancy paper all formatted just so. And sent them out - and waited. That's how it was like. Or we went to recruiters who had job listings and could match you up.

These days - it's mostly either who you know or search online. You need to know how to prepare resumes online, search for jobs and keep track of your job applications. You want to research potential employers to prepare yourself and customize your resume.

Unless you can find some company, plant or store where you can still go in and drop off a resume (and there are some still around) - if you are serious about getting a job you need to do that online job search thing.

Do you really want a "job" though? Most jobs for seniors are low-end Walmart type of jobs. Those retirement jobs might appeal to some (obviously) but if you want a supplemental income - you could still start a business. However, if all you want is to get out of the house, meet other people and "be in the game" you shouldn't have any problems getting an entry-level job.

If you are looking for a job in your field, it's a whole other ballgame. Pending on the field, some employers would welcome your expertise. You might want to take the consulting approach. But if you are really looking for a full-time job in your field - you need to get busy with the Internet. Or maybe you know someone in the business that can make the appropriate introductions.

Even if you don't need the money, working after retirement can be good for you. It keeps you active in social circles, your savings might grow a little and less chance for boredom.

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