Working Again After Retirement

Some retirees are finding that they weren’t as financially prepared for retirement as they thought. Others miss the challenges and excitement of the working world, and are shocked to find they’ve overestimated their own capacity for golfing, fishing, and daytime television.

There are many different reasons that retirees choose to return to the working world. If you find yourself among those considering coming out of retirement, read our tips for making the transition a successful one.

Consider Your Old Employer

If you left your last job on good terms and remember your time there fondly, you may want to consider applying there again. Chances are good that you still have knowledge that they could benefit from.

But if you’re going to apply for a job with your old employer, don’t rely on them to give you the same position you once held. Be open to other possibilities, such as working part-time, or serving as a consultant. Also, make sure you research the company as you would when applying for any other job. The business world is a dynamic place, and much may have changed in your absence.

Do What Moves You

Maybe your life didn’t turn out exactly as you planned when you were young and idealistic. Instead of becoming a professional fine art painter, you ended up selling insurance to pay the bills and support a family. It’s a familiar story to many.

Well, why not purse your painting career now? You’ll probably have to work on your skills, but much of what you learned in the past is still with you, maybe more than you think. You never know, perhaps you could open a portraiture business, or paint murals on shop windows.

Polish Your Resume

If it’s been a while since you made your last resume, you may find that certain things have changed in the interim. Where you might once have placed a fax number, put your email address instead. If you’re active on social media, you can consider including links to your profiles.

It’s also a good idea to use your resume to draw attention to your most recent and relevant work experience. Employers will assume that you have plenty of experience in the working world, so don’t make that your primary selling point.

Don’t Try to Hide Your Age

If you attempt to hide your age by eliminating details from your work history, you may be putting yourself at a disadvantage. If you get far enough in the application process, your prospective employer will figure out your age anyway.

Not only that, but some employers may actually be seeking older workers. For example, banks often seek out older professionals, because clients their age find them to be more trustworthy than some fresh-faced recent grad.

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