5 Tips for Finding the Best Retirement Jobs

Finding the best retirement jobs can be as simple as exploring opportunities with your current employer or as complicated as starting a new business of your own. Begin with an assessment of your needs and desires. Then begin evaluating the following five tips on finding a job in retirement.

No. 1  Ask Your Employer

If you want to keep working during your retirement, finding the right retirement job begins with knowing the type of work you would like to do and determining whether full-time or part-time work is required to meet your financial needs. For many, part-time retirement jobs are an excellent way to provide meaningful, satisfying work and supplement income.

Among the simplest methods of finding retirement jobs is to stay where you are. This assumes you like your current employer and would be willing to continue working there. Many employers do not want to lose the expertise of long-time employees and will allow a retiring worker to continue working part time or on a flexible schedule. This allows the worker to enjoy the benefits of retirement such as time off to travel while continuing to earn a partial income. Some employers even allow part-time retirees to keep health benefits and to receive their pension while working as a part-time employee post-retirement.

No. 2  Pursue Employers Seeking Part-Time Workers

It’s possible you are not interested in continuing to work with your current employer in retirement or your current employer is not interested in offering retirement jobs to part-time workers. However, many other employers are. Begin exploring employers in your industry who also are in the area where you wish to retire. Organizations for retired persons often are a good source for finding such firms.

No. 3  Work Temporarily

Many companies prefer augmenting the work force with temporary workers so as to avoid paying benefits, making temporary work a good source for retirement jobs. These jobs also offer the benefit of flexibility for the retiree. Temp services, which specialize in placing temporary workers, are the place to start. If benefits are an issue, many temporary placement services do offer benefits. It is also possible, though, that temp agencies require a specific amount of hours worked, which can limit the flexibility of the work as a retirement job.

No. 4  Start a Consulting Business

One source of retirement jobs may be in building a business based on your work experience. The valuable knowledge gained in your career can be an asset to other employers in that industry. While retirement jobs built around being a consultant can also offer the flexibility of part-time or temporary work, they also require marketing, collections, bookkeeping and other activities necessary to run a business.

No. 5  Use Government Programs

With an increasing number of workers reaching the end of their careers, the federal government and many state governments have developed programs to help retirees find retirement jobs. Check with the U.S. Department of Labor, state labor departments and local chambers of commerce for possible employment opportunities.
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