Finding the Perfect Part-Time Job
for Your Retirement

See also: Employability Skills

People tend to say that you should spend your golden years somewhere warm, resting and relaxing under a palm tree, with your favorite drink in hand.

While the notion does seem tempting, you can only drink so many poolside cocktails until you realize that you are still too young and healthy to kick the bucket anytime soon, and that you want to spend your retirement being as active as possible.

Giving yourself a purpose to get up in the morning and filling your daily life with meaningful goals is of the essence, and if you are looking to imbue your retirement with purpose and positivity, one of the best things you could do is to find a part-time job.

Here are the best ways to find yourself a job that will fulfill your retirement and inspire happiness and positivity.

Find a New Passion

Whoever told you that you can’t start a new career as a senior citizen was mistaken.

You now have the opportunity to truly devote your attention to what you’ve always wanted to do! Start by noting down the things you would love to know how to do, or the skills and expertise you would love to transfer onto others.

Chances are your interests will lead you towards a noble cause, devoting your time to charity, working at an animal shelter, or even babysitting if you love kids. The possibilities are endless; all you have to do is believe in yourself and put your skills to use.

Maintain your current occupation

On the other hand, you could maintain your current occupation, only part-time or on a seasonal basis. If you love your job and find personal fulfillment in your current field, there is no need to part with something you love and, more likely than not, your boss will feel the same way.

Therefore, you can turn to your employer to negotiate downscaling your involvement in the company or even taking up the role of a special advisor or an employee tutor. Moreover, companies with seasoned veterans such as yourself are always looking to capitalize on your valuable experience, and chances are that you will have no problem landing a position higher in the ranks, with half the workload.

Start your own business

There is always an option of starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur.

Sure, in the beginning it might be a lot of work but as the business grows it provides plenty of opportunities for a steady retirement. It’s not all about the money. JD Weisbrot, the President of JW Surety Bonds explains that “the hallmark of entrepreneurs is their passion for providing solutions other than just the prospect of a better paycheck.

You can start a business by doing something you have experience with and is a part of your previous career choice. This way, you can turn the experiences you had into a practical engagement that will give you not only satisfaction but could leave a legacy. This also means you can scale down on your previous jobs and focus only on the roles you enjoyed the most. For example, if you worked in a marketing department and enjoyed advertising jobs the most, you can open an agency that provides just advertising services.

Another option is professionalizing a previous passion. If you have interesting hobbies that can become profitable at any point, why not try it? You may have lacked the time in the past to devote yourself to your passions, but retirement is the perfect chance to get back to your dreams. Also, starting a family business is one of the ideas since it will bring you closer to family members and you will be able to make the most of team work. The ways you can start your own business are endless and, if you are ready to devote yourself and work hard, you will be able to harvest the results.

Update Your Resume

There is never a bad time to update and optimize your resume, as you never know when you might need it, and given your extensive background, it would be wise to revise it once a year.

Make sure to thoroughly go through your resume, looking for errors or areas that could be improved with new, valuable information.

Additionally, you want to tailor your resume towards your specific goal, especially due to the fact that you have years of experience behind you. Think about your transferable skills.

Employers are becoming increasingly disinterested in long and intricate resumes, and you want yours to contain information relevant solely to the position you are applying for.

Consider freelancing

There has never been a better time to consider working from home.

The rise of digital technologies and on-demand services across the globe allow you to make money online easily. Typically, freelance work requires the basic computer skills to start with, but before you deem yourself too old to learn a thing or two about PCs, just know that it’s not as difficult as it seems.

While you could learn the essentials on your own, there are also plenty of organizations and community centers that offer basic, intermediate, and advanced computer tutorials to seniors. You can easily learn the basics with the guidance of professionals, and expand your freelance business from there.

See our page Finding Work as a Freelancer for more.

Start by volunteering

Finally, sometimes starting a new career means devoting a certain amount of time to volunteering, to allow the employer to gauge your knowledge and skills. Other times, however, seniors are simply looking to fill their day with meaningful and rewarding tasks, and money is irrelevant to them.

Animal shelters, humanitarian organizations and various other institutions are always looking for mindful individuals looking to donate their time to helping those in need.

Whether you are looking for a paid part-time job or a way to spend the day imbued with purpose, volunteering is always an excellent way to begin a new stage of your life.

Simply because society has labeled you as a senior does not mean you shouldn’t create your own definition of the term. Luckily, with these simple guidelines, you can easily begin a new era in your life and make sure your golden years are filled with happiness!

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About the Author

Emma Miller is a marketer and a writer from Sydney. Her focuses are digital marketing, social media, start-ups and latest trends. She’s a contributor and Senior Editor at Bizzmark Blog.