Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
Perhaps you are nearing retirement, or you have retired. What do you see yourself doing for the next many years? Many people either need to work or just do not want to sit around.
The good news is that there are help wanted signs all over. Opportunity abounds for those seeking work. Older employees are particularly attractive due to their experience and work ethic. “Some of our older employees are our best employees,” says Kim D’Amico, owner of a local home care franchise Home Instead Senior Care.
“We always welcome applicants who are semi-retired or are on their second career. Often it’s a good fit for them because they seek part-time hours, flexibility and a fulfilling job.” Below are tips and ideas for jobs for those seeking work:
Use Your Skills
Determine what you are good at and find a way to make that skill profitable. Perhaps you are handy around the house. There is always a need for a handyman in your neighborhood and throughout the Lehigh Valley. If you have decorating skills find a realtor who could use your skill to help stage their homes that are for sale.
Consult or Freelance
You have accumulated vast experience and knowledge. There are organizations that want to tap into that. This may entail becoming a mentor. There is no substitute for experience. Why not look for opportunities to share that experience with a younger generation. Organizations may have temporary gaps in their staffing that you can fill. This can be a way to highlight your skills and talent.
Same Job, Less Time
An employer may find it beneficial to keep you on board but with fewer hours. This helps their bottom line and at the same time keeps you doing what you like to do but with a lot more spare time.
Of course you can be of help during the holiday season, but there are other “seasons” out there. Certain foods come to market at specific times of the year. Tax preparation is another excellent opportunity for seasonal work. There are special events like Labor Day or federal holidays where there is increased demand for temporary help in places like department stores.
Local Team Sports
Ball parks, stadiums, colleges and high schools need ushers and other help during their sport’s seasons. Reliability and a good work ethic can land you a regular gig with these organizations.
There are companies that can find you part time work as a customer service rep. Some of these jobs can be done from the comfort of your own home. Flexjobs.com is a company that specializes in this type of placement.
There is probably no other industry that is growing and will continue to grow as much as the healthcare industry. We have an aging population and people will need assistance. A caregiver is someone who does not need medical training and is willing to help those older adults who need help with some of their daily activities such as cleaning and cooking. The pay for caregivers is competitive and the job is more fulfilling than most.
With the continued development and growth of the Lehigh Valley, many new retail opportunities have become available. There are probably numerous stores near your home seeking help.
Schools may have needs for tutor in specific skills such as math or foreign languages. You can also market your skill directly to parents whose children need extra help.
You have skills and experience that are in demand. Take that advantage and satisfy that demand. You are now in a position where you can choose how much time you want to work and in what capacity. Your “retirement” can be your new fulfilling and profitable career. Good luck.
Our last tip --- If you like helping others we also know that many of our advertisers are always seeking reliable help, so give them a call too!
Still Searching? Take your search online to sites like itsmycareer.com, jobs.com, monster.com, snagajob.com or others.