It is a usual dream for many of us to spend the rest of our lives without worrying about work. However, there are still retirees who cannot stay idle and live their days without working or doing something not for money but for a higher purpose in life. This has been featured in many news reports and television specials with people over 50 years old searching for work since they say that they will die early if they don’t have something to do. Experts in aging say that this is primarily caused by a change in our generation’s daily routine unlike decades ago.
Retirement could be used to stop worrying about the pressure of your job and grab the chance to spend more time with your domestic life with your family and friends. Normally this is the last stage of a person’s life where rest and relaxation is very important. However, there are still retirees who are still active and would like to go on with their work even if they are 50 years old and above.
If you are a retiree but you want to go back to the amazing yet demanding world of work, here are a few steps you need to consider in searching for retirement jobs.
1. Assess yourself before doing the search
The first thing you must do is to understand yourself and your situation. This step is important for you to renew your interests. Take note that you can only enjoy retirement jobs that are within your interest.
Before you send your resume, you must identify your strengths. Normally, since you have been working for many years, you have the expertise and the experience still necessary for today’s world. For example, if you have been a bank manager for three decades, you are well qualified to be a financial consultant for a large firm. If you have been a college professor for 20 years you can take a post-graduate degree and be part of the administrative department of a university.
On the other hand, identifying your weaknesses is also important. For example, maybe you are not well equipped with recent innovations in IT, or you might have been in retirement for years and you are not updated with the advances in your old profession. Try to improve yourself before you go to interviews.
2. Write a good resume.
Your winning resume that landed you a job a decade ago might not get you anywhere today. Writing resume has evolved including the format, the language and the way you present it. If in the past a comprehensive and lengthy resume is preferred, now a one page resume entices the employers to include you in the short list. Before, bureaucratic language and pompous language is considered formal now simple and crisp English is preferred. Your photo manually pasted on your resume using glue is acceptable before but now it should be included as an image to a printed page.
3. Impress your employer during the interview
Your overall outlook and appearance during the interview will significantly affect your search for retirement jobs. While considered elegant, dressing in too formal suit is an impression that you are too archaic. On the other hand, dressing like you are just in a ghetto projects a bad image. Dress in smart casual with a stylish polo outfit and slacks or black jeans. Lastly, bring that old confidence in your interview.