Tips for Getting Part Time Retirement Work

Part time work in retirement is popular as 75 percent of baby boomers report they will want employment after the typical retirement-age. Getting part time retirement work may be slightly more challenging for retirement-age mature workers. There are many employers who prefer older workers and there jobs out if you’re willing to take some effort to find them.

Networking is still the key to finding a job, whether you’re looking for part time or full time work. Working after retirement isn’t any different. Start contacting your friends and let them know you’re looking for part time work. Give them an idea of what kind of job you’re seeking, the hours you’d like to work and any other details you know. The more information you can provide, the more people will be able to help you.

Don’t act old. We all know that age discrimination exists. With that said, there are things you can do to minimize it affecting you in your search for retirement work. You know the stereotypes of the older worker. They don’t know technology and aren’t willing to learn are examples of perceptions employers have. Make sure you come across as energetic with a desire to be an asset to the employer.

Stay positive. One of the most difficult aspects of working after retirement is getting discouraged in your job search. Take a positive spin by being as active in pursuing a place you want to work, as in waiting for someone to hire you. Attitude is important in how you look for jobs, as well as how you present yourself to others. Be grateful for what life has provided you and know that you will be able to find satisfying part time work in retirement.

Be creative in where and how you look for retirement work. You might want to consider starting a small business where you run errands, do handyman chores or babysit. Consider applying to temporary agencies. Also, consider project work.

Expand how you think of your skills. For example, if you were a supervisor or manager, there were many sub-skills you were able to use. You might have a difficult time finding a job as a supervisor, but may be able to find a job where you could utilize your ability to work well others, schedule time, and work with budgets. Don’t feel like you need to share all of your expertise and work history with a potential employer. Focus on the skills they need and then briefly summarize your other attributes.

Many people enjoy part time retirement work as it helps keep them active, involved and earns money. Many companies look for older workers. If you’re willing to put forth some effort, you can find rewarding part time work in retirement.


About Cathy Severson

Cathy Severson helps baby boomers find more meaning and purpose in their lives and work. Get your copy of her complimentary e-book Guide to Retirement Activities a comprehensive look at work, volunteering and leisure based on an individuals’ personalities. Call for a complimentary 20-minute consultation to answer your most pressing concern. 928.775.4949 or email Cathy at

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