Sixty percent of workers over age 60 plan to look for a new job after retirement, according to a recent survey by Harris Interactive for CareerBuilder. The good news is you have options, and employers want to hire you. According to CareerBuilder’s survey of more than 2,600 companies, 22 percent of employers are looking to hire more seasoned staff members in 2013. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the best part-time jobs for retirees and how to secure one.
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.
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