Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on NewRetirement.
Many people are finding that they need to work at least part time in retirement in order to support themselves. Some people also find that they want to continue working in order to stay active.
Though retirees can offer an organization incredible experience and insight, not everyone who wants part-time work in retirement is able to find it.
The key to finding a great part-time position in retirement is preparing yourself for the job search and interview process.
Check out these tips for navigating the search for a part-time position in retirement.
1. Set realistic expectations
It’s important to realize that you may not initially find a position that gives you everything you are looking for.
Part-time positions often require workers to be flexible when it comes to their work schedule and pay.
It’s a good idea to approach the job search with an open mind. Though the position may not be ideal, it’s possible that you can work with your manager on making changes once you have proved that you can contribute to the company.
2. Look for a position that allows you to explore your passions
Work feels less like work if you love what you do. Use this opportunity to find a job that lets you explore your passions.
Whether it’s a position that lets you use your skills and knowledge to help others or just one that offers you perks — such as discounts — a part-time job in retirement can be a positive thing if you find something that you enjoy.
3. Consider a work-from-home or telecommute position
Working from home can be a great option for retirees because it allows for a lot of flexibility in your work schedule.
Beware of work-at-home scams by keeping the following in mind:
- Research the company before you apply to make sure that it is reputable.
- Do not apply for positions that ask you to give money to the company upfront.
- Avoid positions that advertise a full-time salary for part-time work.
- Be wary of any positions that do not require any experience.
If you are looking for online work opportunities, try searching for “telecommute” positions on popular career websites or looking for employers that hire freelance workers.
4. Make use of your social network
As you start the job search, make sure that you let your friends and family know that you are looking for part-time work.
Your social network can be a great place to find excellent work opportunities because these are the people who know you best and are interested in seeing you succeed.
5. Review and optimize your resume before applying for jobs
When applying for part-time work, it’s important that you review and revise your resume to better fit the position that you are applying for.
Cash Nickerson, the author of “BOOMERangs: Engaging the Aging Workforce in America,” suggests limiting your resume to two pages so as to avoid looking overqualified.
He also suggests making sure that your resume matches the skills required in the job description.
6. Think of the employer’s needs when writing your cover letter
Your future employer is concerned about turnover and wants to hire part-time employees who will positively contribute to the company.
Career site Monster.com suggests that your cover letter should emphasize your desire to work part-time and indicate your interest to grow with the company.
This shows that you want to stick around for a while. If the job requires skills that you don’t have or haven’t used in a while, make sure that you also specify your desire to learn these skills in your cover letter.
Retirement is a great time to explore your part-time positions that play on your passions.
The job search may be overwhelming if you have been out of work for a while or you are looking to transition into a part-time position in a new industry. However, with a little preparation, you can find a great part-time job that fits your needs.
7. Understand your retirement income needs
Whether a retirement job is a want or a must, you should know how much retirement income you need.
An easy way to understand your retirement income needs and get a handle on your overall retirement plan is to use a retirement calculator. The NewRetirement Retirement Calculator is a great way to see what you need and try out different scenarios. You can easily see if you need the income and what happens to your short- and long-term retirement finances with a retirement job.