Sixty percent of workers over age 60 plan to look for a new job after retirement, according to a survey by Harris Interactive for CareerBuilder. The good news is you have options, and employers want to hire you. Let's look at some of the best part-time jobs for retirees and how to secure one. Click through below to check them out.
8 Great Part-Time Jobs for Retirees
8 Great Part-Time Jobs for Retirees
Retail can be an easy opportunity, so walk through a familiar door and speak up, says Kerry Hannon, author of “Great Jobs for Everyone 50+.” “If it’s a retail shop you like to visit and the managers know you, walk in and say, ‘Hey, I’m available to pick up shifts whenever you need help,’” Hannon says. CareerBuilder reports that 29 percent of retail employers are looking to hire retirees this year.
“If you have the financial chops, this can be a very good area,” Hannon says. “Small businesses often can’t afford to hire someone full time, so if you are available for blocks of time, like once a week or one week a month, this area might be perfect for you.” Although a Certified Public Accountant certification is likely needed, bookkeeping jobs are generally available on an ongoing basis. Organizations like the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers can be helpful during a job hunt.
Tax preparation will continue to be a useful area of work and could make a good part-time job during tax season. “Your skills could really be put to good use January through April, especially with big accounting firms looking for extra help,” Hannon says.
As a fast-growing occupational field, health care can offer retirees many options. Whether it be for a private family or a care facility, work hours depend on the clientele, and you can find a good fit for you, Hannon says. You may need a Certified Nursing Assistant certification, but it could depend on the position. More importantly, “People want to be able to trust those they are employing, and the years of work experience that retirees have help them in that area,” says Jennifer Grasz, vice president of CareerBuilder corporate communications.
“If you can find part-time work helping someone with daily tasks and being a self-starter, that can be very rewarding,” Hannon says. Formal training is not usually needed in this field, and the clientele can range from busy moms to entrepreneurs. A little time searching can help you find a good fit, and pay in this area tends to be negotiable, Hannon says.
Although this type of job is often seasonal or summer work, it can allow you to apply your existing knowledge and work experience in an environment that interests you, Hannon says. Wineries, museums, historical sites and even factories can offer tour guide positions. Although pay tends to be hourly, wages can range anywhere from $8 to $20 an hour.
“If you like to drive, your license is up-to-date and you are insured, this could be a very fun job,” Hannon says. Possibilities include special event limo drivers, shuttle services and school bus drivers. A clean driving record is important, but flexible hours are a perk of this type of employment. Visit a local school district or airport to see if they need help with transportation services.
“The needs of nonprofits can be a good supplement for those looking for part-time work, and mature workers can bring more experience to the table,” says Rosemary Haefner, CareerBuilder’s vice president of human resources. Nonprofits tend to appreciate people looking for part-time work because the organizations typically cannot afford to hire full-time employees, Hannon says.
Now go get 'em!
"Be persistent and do some soul-searching about what you really want and need," Hannon says. Start talking to people and let them know you are looking for work. Make sure your résumé is up-to-date with quantifiable skills, and strive to have an online presence. "Make it so employers don't even begin to think about ageism," Hannon says. "They can recognize vibrancy right away, and that's a good thing."