Guest Author - Diane Adams
If you are currently retired, are you enjoying your retirement or are money worries robbing you of enjoying your retirement years? I know a significant number of people for whom retirement has turned into a time of stress and anxiety instead of a time of travel and leisure. Even if you planned your retirement well and believed you had set aside enough money to last through your retirement, you likely were not able to forecast the troubled economic times into which you’ve been thrust. Investments are volatile, retirement plans are bankrupt, interest rates for savings are abysmal, and food and gas prices are skyrocketing. Considering none of us has any idea when the economy might level off, returning to work may be the only way out. If you need to return to work, where do you even begin?
In researching this question, I was rather surprised at the answers I found. I was not aware of the resources available for seniors who are contemplating returning to work. If I were in this situation, I’m not sure I would be able to return to the career I left when I retired. My current job is fast-paced and demanding. Ten years from now, I may not have the stamina to handle this job. Anyone returning to the job market from retirement has to acknowledge any limitations and objectively consider job requirements before applying. You do not want to risk your life or health for a $10-an-hour job. Re-entering the workforce post-retirement is not the same as entering the job market as a 20-year-old. You need to understand that this job is not a career—it just provides you additional income to supplement your retirement income. Where do you begin to find a job as a senior? I found a couple of interesting ideas.
Goodwill. Did you know that Goodwill Industries has a program to assist seniors in finding employment? I always knew they provided employment for disabled individuals, but I was surprised to learn they also help seniors (http://www.goodwill.org/goodwill-for-you/specialized-services/seniors/). In addition to helping the senior find work, Goodwill also trains or retrains the senior for re-entry into the workplace.
AARP. (http://foundation.aarp.org/WorkSearch/?gclid=CKPQ8Zj05KgCFRG4KgodSz8bCw) You might not be as surprised by AARP offering placement services as you were about Goodwill. The AARP website provides online tools to help you evaluate your skills and offers suggestions for employment to match your skills.
Through a Google search, I found other websites designed for individuals age 50 and over. Generally, the sites allow you to create an account for free that will give you access to many of the benefits of the site. However, some sites also offer “premium” accounts for which you will have to pay if you want more advanced services. In most cases, I believe you could get the help you need without buying a premium service.