There are many reasons seniors may find themselves re-entering the workforce after retirement. They might not have enough savings to live as comfortably as they’d originally expected. They could get bored being retired full-time, or they may find that they miss the interaction they once had with coworkers and customers.
No matter your reason for returning to the workforce, you may need help figuring out where to look for employment, how to best present your resume and how to make yourself a stand-out candidate.
Finding the Right Positions
Rather than trying to fight for recognition in an industry dominated by recent college grads or positions that are geared toward growth and ladder climbing, you might be better off focusing on industries that value seniors as employees. Think about the kinds of places you visit regularly and the types of associates who serve you. When you see primarily older employees, ask for an application.
Reimagining Your Resume
Job applicants should highlight different types of experience when they are looking for a job after retiring out of their former profession. Instead of focusing your resume around traits, education and skills that would have been valuable in your past career, think about the skills that would be valued by new potential employers. Be sure to mention your experience with any relevant technological tools such as computers, customer management software and other programs, as this may help set you apart from other candidates.
Embracing the Present
While some seniors like to focus only on the good ol’ days, others understand that they can’t force today’s workplace to adhere to policies of yesteryear. So instead of forcing your values and routines on today’s workforce, adjust your thinking so that you can be a valuable part of the present. Some of the ways you can do that include:
• Invest in a contemporary-styled suit for interviews. Nothing overly flashy or faddish, but something with a more current cut and style.
• Research resume and cover letter trends. It was once appropriate to start a cover letter with, “Dear Sirs,” but this approach can easily offend in the new workplace.
• Have a forward-looking attitude. Your past experience is an important thing to bring up when interviewing for a new job, but don’t get lost in the past. Show that you’re an excellent communicator, team player and resource by being engaged in the present and excited about the future.