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How you might find a part-time job after retirement

Written by Diane Archer

No matter how old you are, it’s easy to see the appeal of working part time. After retirement, part-time work can be rewarding financially, socially, physically and emotionally. Of course, what’s available depends upon your skills, your flexibility and your location. And, there’s no question that it is particularly hard for older adults to get part-time jobs. Workplace ageism is real. Here are a number of ways you might be able to find a part-time job after retirement, with some insights from Kerry Hannon at AARP.

  1. Work for yourself as a consultant and do what you know how to do or want to do as much or as little as you would like. To learn about potential job prospects, talk to your former bosses and colleagues. Or, join an association or club with members who do the kind of work you do or who have networks and leads for you. PatinaSolutions.com provides employment opportunities for people with 25 years of experience or more. And, HourlyNerd.com helps connect people with MBAs or graduate degrees to jobs.
  2. Be a caregiver. There are likely older people in your community living at home who need help with basic needs or simply companionship. Contact your local area agency on aging about these opportunities.
  3. Find a seasonal job. Schools might need substitute teachers during the school year. The National Park Service and tennis clubs generally need extra help during the summer months. Car services, delivery services and retailers may need extra drivers during the end-of-year holiday season. If you know how to prepare tax returns, you might find a job with H&R Block or another accounting firm between January and April 15. If you’d like to learn how to prepare a tax return, AARP trains volunteers to help lower-income older adults prepare their taxes. You can learn more at the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide.
  4. Work at home to help a company remotely. If you like working with kids, consider being an English as a second language tutor. Or, find your calling as an artisan, making accessories or home goods. You can put your work up for sale on sites like Etsy.com.
  5. Be a personal assistant on an hourly basis. Help schedule meetings, plan travel, file papers, handle insurance issues or care for pets. If you like the idea of caring for pets, let your local pet store know. Or, deliver flowers, prescription drugs and newspapers in your community.
  6. Become a marketer, and do direct sales. Many companies pay part-timers to work on their own schedule on a commission basis. Think Avon and Mary Kay. You might sell these products online to your social network or through house parties. AARP suggests contacting Direct Selling Association for information. It’s important to pick the company carefully so you work for a legitimate business and you well understand the company’s expectations and when and how much you will be paid. The Federal Trade Commission offers help at business.ftc.gov . You might also ask your local Chamber of Commerce about the company before you decide to work for it.

Best ways to explore these and other opportunities: Post an ad on a community job board, LinkedIn, Facebook or Craiglist. Use your networks. Talk to friends and former work colleagues. Show up at events and meet people one on one. Talk to local business owners. Avoid using big job sites.

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