These job search sites identify companies that older active, productive, conscientious adults who are actively seeking a job or project. There is a wealth of quality resources and ideas on the sites including finding temporary or seasonal jobs, as well as starting your own business, working from home, writing your resume, finding full-time work, and continuing your education.
- What’s Next
- ziprecruiter.com over 8 million jobs and you can apply with one click
- online search system that provides interest and ability inventories, online training, skills assessments and access to local job openings.
- your encore career-a whole new line of work you start after 55
Land your retirement dream job. Sites aimed at older workers include:
- retirementjobs.com lists jobs in retail, tax preparation, caregiving and driving, among other fields
- Workforce50.com (Sign up for job alerts.) Previously known as SeniorJobBank
- encore.org, focuses on jobs in the nonprofit world.
- coolworks.com for seasonal jobs in outdoor settings, including national parks.
Work-at-home job listings:
- wahve.com Work at Home Vintage Experts- Age-blind they value your experience!
- Contract staffing firm that places older professionals in work-from-home mobs.
- jobspresso.co (Canadian based site focused on remote employment
- RatRaceRebellion.com -screened links to home-based job listings. RatRaceRebellion on Facebook as seen on Good Morning America, Today, Anderson Cooper, The View, 20/20 CNN Newsroom, CNN, CBS, MSNBC remote.co – Started by the founder of Flexjobs. Lists fewer jobs.
- remote.com Not the same as above.
- retiredbrains.com -features part-time jobs for people over 50
- skipthedrive.com – devoted to full and part-time telecommuting jobs.
- Weworkremotely.com -includes programming, sales and other jobs.
- Workingnomads.co– Lists tech, management, marketing and other jobs.
- Great work at home jobs for retirees: https://www.aarp.org/work/working-after-retirement/info-01-2011/great-work-at-home-jobs-for-retirees.html
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BEST BET: Volunteering is an excellent way to network to market yourself while you look for a job.
THESE CHARGE YOU:
- virtualvocations.com – limited access to the site’s job listings is free. Full access costs $15.99 monthly.
- FlexJobs, an employment search site specializing in telecommuting, part-time and freelance jobs. Monthly subscription is $14.95
Many employers realize that older workers have much to offer are actively hiring workers over the age of 50m. such as this 39 year old billionaire who sees value of 50 plus workers
Don’t consider being over 50 a barrier. Every job you had gave you a kit of tools. Play up your life experiences when interviewing …Kerry Hannon, author of What’s Next?
–CVS pharmacy is hiring older workers as part of it’s “Talent is Ageless” initiative. The company boosted the percentage of workers over 50 in its workforce from about 9% to 24% over the past decade. AARP’s Employer Pledge Program matches older workers with less seasoned peers to bring a more sophisticated human element and help younger pharmacists deal with situations and customer engagements they haven’t faced.
–United Health Group is ramping up the number of its 50-plus hires as well. Older employees “are well organized, have strong communications skills, and they’re capable of getting things done”. Finding mature workers can be difficult, however, prompting employers to think beyond traditional job recruiting techniques.
–AT&T makes special accommodations to retain older employees, such as providing larger computer monitors. They want to keep them as long as they can, since we’ve already spent the money on hiring and training.
–The Hartford (Insurance) is tapping into senior centers and retirement communities to add staff.
–Funeral homes, religious organizations, bus drivers, florists and real estate agents all have more than a third of their workers over age 55.
Businesses collaborate with organizations such as AARP, to build their pool of potential candidates.
- Offices on Aging are an excellent resource for new employees. Some offices keep an active list of seniors searching for employment. Area Agency on Aging in Tulsa 2 W 2nd St Suite 800, Tulsa, OK 74103 Phone: (918) 584-7526
- Organizations that advocate for the elderly sponsor job training and placement services through federally funded program called Senior Community Service Employment.(SCSE) The program was authorized by the Older American Act of 1965 and funded through the Labor Department.
- AARP Senior Employment Center
- AARP’s Life Reimagined for those over 50
- AARP can help you find a job
“No one can measure the toll unemployment takes on the human soul.” “For many living with dignity and purpose means having a job.”
- AARP PROGRAMS
- aarp-valuable information, resources and tools for workers 50 and older.
- Employers who have signed AARP’s employer work pledge
- AARP programs helping workers 50+www.aarp.org/realrelief
- aarp.org/applications/jobs Employment Websites
- Employee Rights
- Employee Benefits
- Working After Retirement
- Retirement Planning
- Social Security
- Work Life
- Work & Retirement Tools
- Jobs for those 50 and over from Retirement Living
- U.S. Department of Labor funded program to assist low-income 55 plus workers seeking to re-enter the workforce.
- Goodwill “Beyond Jobs program” helps women with job training. Funded by Walmart Foundation and administered by Goodwill Industries, participants can have a complete career assessment, individualized career planing, connections to employment opportunities, training programs, resources and support services to help advance their careers. 918 584-7291
- Senior Job Discrimination regarding age. The US Supreme set a higher standard of proof than is required in race, religion or gender discrimination. Senate Bill SB 1391 would re-establish that age discrimination is unlawful.
- If you want to start your own business: browse the Small Business Administration’s website, at http://www.sba.gov.
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Businesses appreciate the work ethic from a mature worker that is very strong and not as easy to find among younger generations.
Companies are concerned about the challenge of replacing the knowledge and skills older workers take with them on the way out the door. Whom or what will replace a retiring boomer and the loss of talent. The “loss of specific company knowledge” is an increasingly difficult challenge, as is “finding workers with similar knowledge and skills.” Passing on their knowledge to apprentices and junior employees — setbacks and tensions are bound to arise. More workers become consultants or accept temporary contracts or gigs. FROM https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/baby-boomers-upend-the-workforce-one-last-time/ar-BBUeKe3
… companies have been so focused on downsizing to contain costs that they’ve largely neglected a looming threat to their competitiveness, the likes of which they have never before experienced: a severe shortage of talented workers. The general population is aging and, with it, the labor pool. ….…Skills, knowledge, experience, and relationships walk out the door every time somebody retires—and they take time and money to replace. Given the inevitable time lag between the demand for skills and the ability of the educational system to provide them, we’ll see a particularly pronounced skill shortage in fast-growing technical fields such as health care. What’s more, employees are your face to the marketplace. It’s good business to have employees who reflect the ethnic, gender, and, yes, age composition of your customer base—especially when those customers are well off. Baby boomers will be the most financially powerful generation of mature consumers ever…..READ ALL HERE: https://hbr.org/2004/03/its-time-to-retire-retirement
Be creative in seeking out jobs that dovetail with your interests; say, working part-time at a golf shop, selling cosmetics from home, ushering at a sporting venue or manning an aisle a few mornings a week at a hardware store. Companies appreciate the flexibility a retiree can bring in terms of hours and commitment. People age 55 to 64 are among the fastest-growing groups of entrepreneurs, representing about 26 percent of startups in 2015. However, succeeding as a startup requires a willingness to take risks and to make decisions, as well as the ability to negotiate deals and make people want what you’re selling. Be sure you have those skills before launching your idea. Read it all here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-201510291400–tms–kplngmpctnkm-a20151118-20151118-story.html
Nearly one-third of the total US workforce (32%) was age 50 or older, by 2014. As the proportion of younger workers continues to decline, attracting and retaining the mature, experienced worker will become increasingly critical for employers who seek to retain a competitive edge in today’s marketplace.
To avoid future labor shortages, some smart employers are showing their commitment by hiring mature workers by:
1.) making their workplaces more “age neutral”. (All opportunities and rules apply the same to everyone, regardless of how old or young they are) with respect to their policies and benefits.
2.) using a number of practices to attract and keep older workers. They know the that the U.S. workforce will soon face labor shortages. When the Baby Boomers began to retire in 2011, there will not be enough workers to replace them.
3.) using creative recruiting to find qualified employees of all ages. They hire, evaluate and promote employees n age neutral ways. And they train managers, supervisors, and workers on how to benefit from age diversity.
Some of the most talented workers are older workers. Forward thinking companies value older workers to offset labor and knowledge gaps. This is a winning strategy for American business, for the older workers themselves and our national economy. Employers who are wise enough to go after the mature adult have unprecedented access to a talented and experienced applicant pool, which translates to a significant competitive advantage.
~ take their job seriously and are able to manage challenges with perspective.
~ are better able to use their past work experience to establish credibility and get results
~ enjoy the flexibility and independence of working part time.
~ Job ads mention maturity, good judgment and work experience
~ Ads appeal to workers of many ages (alternative work schedules)
~ Ads are placed for publication, on Websites, and with agencies used by job seekers of many ages.
Different kinds of skill training are available–classroom, individualized, mentoring, on-job coaching, job rotation, peer training and internships.
~ In addition to health benefits that include prescription drugs, employers offer extras like long-term care insurance and short and long term disability insurance.
~ Wellness is emphasized with health screenings, fitness programs and special classes.
~ Benefit packages are flexible, to appeal to workers of different ages.
~ Employer contributes to employee retirement accounts.
~ Longer term employees have defined benefit pension plans.
~ Retirement saving incentives are offered, such as profit sharing or stock options.
Alternative Work Arrangements
~ Workers of all ages can use flexible schedules, such as flextime, telecommuting, and periodic time off for family care-giving responsibilities.
~ Phased retirement lets older workers decrease work hours gradually.
~ Retirees can return to work part-time when needed.
There is a new kind of job that emphasizes skills over education and work experience. “New collar jobs,” also known as “middle skill jobs,” are those that require certain hard skills, but do not necessarily require a four-year college degree (or an extensive work history). Often, employees can get the skills they need for the job through vocational training, an apprenticeship, or a two-year degree.
These skill-based jobs can be found in a variety of industries. They are particularly common in healthcare, information technology (IT), and manufacturing. Hospitals, state governments, schools, manufacturers, IT companies, and other organizations have begun to search for employees with the right skills, rather than the right degree. Some companies even offer paid training programs for job candidates, which are similar to apprenticeships.
Here is a list of ten of the top new collar jobs. These are jobs that do not require a four-year degree, offer good salaries and are in high demand.
New Collar Healthcare Jobs
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer on average, $64,280 per year,
Medical Records and Health Information Technician
Occupational Health/Safety Specialist
Occupational Therapy Aide
Pharmacy Technician average salary at $30,920 per year,
Physical Therapy Aide
Radiologic Technician earn, on average, $45,830 per year,
New Collar IT jobs
Business Intelligence Analyst
Computer Network Architect
Computer Programmer $70,840 per year,
Computer Security Analyst earns an average of $92,600
Computer Support Specialist earns an average of $52,160 per year
Computer Systems Engineer
Database Manager average salary at $84,950 per year
Information Security Analyst
Network and Computer Systems Administrator average salary for this position in $70,700 per year,
Service Delivery Analyst
average salary for a Service Delivery Analyst is $62,456.
Software Quality Assurance Analyst
Software Quality Assurance Tester
Technical Sales Assistant
New Collar Manufacturing Jobs
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator
Electromechanical and Industrial Engineering Technician
Manufacturing Machine Operator
Manufacturing Production Technician
Printing Press Operator
Quality Control Inspector
Water Treatment Specialist
Manufacturing Machine Operator
Manufacturing Production Technician
Press Brake Operator
Water Treatment Specialist
Job interview – give example of when you have successfully reported to someone younger or when you have been part of a team that spanned several generations. Toss references to social media that you are proficient in. A LinkedIn presence helps.
If you are vibrant and energetic people will want to be around you regardless of your age.
The best day to go on an interview is Tues, Wed or Thurs when interviewers are more relaxed; they’ll be more focused and receptive. On busy Mon and Fri they won’t be able to pay attention like they should.
The best time of day is between 10:30 and 11:30. Don’t go early morning or late afternoon- they will be too busy to focus on you and be least receptive and avoid the lunch hour when they are thinking about lunch!
Wear gray or blue as interviewers like conservative colors over bright ones.
Get there 1/2 hour early so you have time to calm down.
The magic thing to say is “O am interviewing with others but you are my first choice. This shows self-confidence, that your are in demand and they you really want to be there and do that job. Research shows that employers are more likely to be interested in a candidate if they know they are in demand–and twice as likely to hire them.
Every employer wants to hear-
1.) You will never have to repeat an instruction to me twice.
2.) I will complete the job with excellence that you give me.
3.) I will create an agreeable spirit about me.
4.) I am easy to correct and easy to instruct (I have a teachable spirit.
5.) I will be a loyal employee. I will cover your back. Won’t talk bad, speak bad- will provide you while I am here. Leave in peace in case come bac.
Resume-self starter, head and shoulders above peers, zeal and ability to operate an office under minimum supervision, wizard of efficiency-making superiors look good. Work long hours without complaint, voluntarily added to duties studied required of job on own time, memorizing reams of orders and regulations, won citations for efficiency….Enjoy researching to obtain info.
Do not say you “want to advance”.
Offer your strengths: research, press release, proclamation, marketing strength love to learn, background sales, quick learn, interested in being successful, work well alone, phone skills, opr, following a successful career what can you do beyond making cakes? People like as little change as possible so if you are already there it is easier to step into a job, than to hire someone from the outside. ..
They hire people who appear responsible. Reliability is important even when applying for part-time.
- 35% 1st impression- 1st 7 words/7 seconds is what they are going to judge you on. Dress professionally for interview, hair combed, know about the company.(Read up on the internet the day before!)
- 45% is if they like us
- 10% our experience (our resume.)
- 10% misc we can’t control
- Show that you want to work — not that you just want a job !
Blessing of recession? People will repair what they have…so shoe repair, auto mechanic, appliance repair, pharmacy, resale shops are good. And of course, people ALWAYS spend money on babies and for weddings.
These are recession proof: funeral, health care, education , collection agency, merch and profess agency, job placement agency,
trade schools good -welding, mechanics, machinists, manufacturers according to Mystaf)
Simple ideas for the Retired or Widowed
- Start a business in Ok: http://okcommerce.gov/business/startup/
- What the world needs is…(Think this through and you can come up with some money making ideas)
- Reverse mentoring -mentors teach social media such as Twittr, Instagram, Linked in, Facebook. With technology changing so quickly the need for revers mentoring will only grow. (Help from younger staffers)
- market research and mock juries focusgroup.com
- findfocusgroups.com pay up to $150 for 2 hours of giving your take on goods and services
- ejury.com and onlineverdict.com– earn up to $60 for serving on an online jury, which helps attorneys prepare for upcoming cases
- profoundly disconnected.com – help Mike Rowe reconnect today’s youth with millions of jobs that are waiting to be filled. We’re lending money we don’t have to kids who can’t pay it back to educate them for jobs that no longer exist. We’ve become profoundly disconnected- Mike Rowe.
- See what Mike Rowe has about jobs: https://www.facebook.com/TheRealMikeRowe/photos/a.531032356906912.126301.116999698310182/1174899029186905/?type=1&theaterJohn Ratzenberger wants to teach kids: http://ratzenberger.com/about-john/
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Mystery shop Secret to a retirement filled with shows, concerts, sporting events, the ballet, –even meals–without spending a dime!
mystery shop If you have internet you can do so much more –
A quarter of a century ago, Kathy Shook of Broken Arrow founded Shoppers Inc., a solution to improving customer service, out of her own home.
Mystery shoppers are anonymous “secret shoppers” who who go into a business and do what customers do, and then complete a detailed report on what occurred during that visit or phone call evaluating customer service, operations, employee integrity, merchandising and product quality. For example, as a mystery shopper, you might check out a store, make predetermined purchases and report back on how well you were treated as a customer.
Some services include mystery shopper visits and phone calls, customer satisfaction surveys, compliance audits and surveys of competitor shops.
-need to be observant, have a good memory, take good notes and write reports well .
-have to be a bit of an actor playing out specific scenarios and acting as if they really want to buy the product or service.
-Most of her staff are moms who have flexible hours that allow them to work during school time and then be home for their families.
-About one-third of the company’s clients are in Oklahoma and Texas, with the rest spread throughout the United States.
Pay ranges from a good meal to $10 an hour to hundreds of dollars for an assignment, depending upon the complexity and the knowledge needed to do a competent job. Although a few standouts report earning thousands of dollars a month, they are the exceptions that prove the rule: Almost no mystery shoppers make a living solely from the work. Visualize earning parttime extra money or paid-for meals, products and services.
These sleuthing jobs have an enormous appeal to people who want to work from home, work a couple of hours per job and accept or turn down a job on short notice.
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Register for free with leading mystery shopping companies, says Steve Pearce, the director of business development with National Shopping Service.
Become a Mystery Shopper
Fab Labs Tulsa like the Hardesty Center for Fab Labs are springing up everywhere.
Students are given access to tools and events.
Mechanics can fix appliances by making their own replacement parts for cheap rather than paying $25 for a tiny piece of plastic.
Entrepreneurs can make prototypes of inventions they would like to bring to market.
Several small business have gotten launched this way.
Greater Tulsa’s Reporter Newspaper had an article called “Fab Lab Fabulous for creativity and Repurposing Trash. They turned an old weedeater motor into a robot!
AARP asked: Are you afraid of getting older?
Neil de Grasse Tyson said:
No. I used to dance, but I’ve had my time as an athlete. This is a different chapter of my life that would have been impossible in my physical prime, but my mental prime is still being developed. I look forward to all that I can contribute to this world because of my age and life experience in a way that would have been impossible at half my age. I’m cool with that.
Whenever a job opening is posted companies get hundreds of résumés a day. Some are from highly qualified people and some are from people applying for everything they see.
A lot of companies use automated systems that might put you in the wrong category. If you’re job hunting on one of the big job boards – Monster.com, CareerBuilder, Indeed, etc. – your résumé could easily get lost in the shuffle.
Try smaller, more focused job boards. Here are three:
LinkUp– One of the best things you can do is discover a job posting just after a company puts it up on its site, but before it goes up on a regular job board.
LinkUp’s automated program searches over 50,000 businesses daily to find and report new job postings. Often these jobs aren’t available on any other site yet – and some may never get on a regular job board. When hundreds of applicants are applying for a job, being one of the first people to respond gives you an edge.
Glassdoor -not just a typical job posting site. It gathers information on companies so you can do your research before you send in your résumé. The site is almost entirely free, but you have to post a review about your last job before they receive complete access to the site.Companies are free to post a description of their workplace culture and values, but employees are able to write honest critiques of the company. You can get a good inside look at where you’ll be working.
SmartBrief– If you’re looking to work in an industry that requires a specific skill set, sites like SmartBrief should be your go-to. SmartBrief publishes a series of industry-specific newsletters. So its jobs website displays job postings from the readers – i.e. major industry companies. These postings will generally have fewer applicants, and you’ll look more knowledgeable if you apply from an insider news source. There are even more specialized job sites you can look at. Check out these job search engines for the technology and media industries.
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- Great idea businesses to start or connect- Tea parties/birthday parties
- Be an Airbnb host: https://www.aarp.org/work/working-at-50-plus/info-2018/older-gig-workers-fd.html
- Sell art, crafts or collectibles online- Etsy ArtFire and Zibbet.
- Have you designed a killer line of iPad cases or Kids’ tees? -Redbubble.
- Want to display traditional art-Artbreak is commission-free.
- have an e-book, song, template, computer wallpaper or other kind of digital file to sell, take a look at commission-free UploadNSell.
- Amazon-owned CreateSpace can help indie authors, musicians and filmmakers sell works to online buyers.
- Cash in by licensing your best photos to agencies such as iStockphoto, Shutterstock and Dreamstime Imagekind or Fine Art America.
Microjobs and quick tasks
- pick up pocket money by doing quick field work assignments for companies, or doing odd jobs for local businesses and homeowners. -See the a free iPhone app called Gigwalk (you might be asked to visit a retailer and take a smartphone picture of a product display.
- TaskRabbit website is where people come to for help assembling Ikea furniture or grocery shopping or when they need on-demand workers, delivery drivers or event staff.
- Are you good at fashion and shopping advice,you might become anaffiliate for Beso.
- Tutor and teach All you need is a fast broadband connection and a way to video chat. Specialists in finance, math and science are always in high demand. Sites such as Smarthinking or Tutor can help get you started.
- If you speak a foreign language fluently or have experience as a language tutor- Verbalplanet.
- Freelancing – writers and graphic designers,administrative assistants, accountants, computer programmers and other professionals to also find freelance opportunities. Elance, Guru and FreelanceSwitch.
- Super-speedy typist, with a good ear and write well-Transcribers provide closed captioning for films and TV shows and written transcripts of academic presentations and focus groups. Visit Tigerfish to get started.
Telecommute- Regular job boards often list telecommuting work. Use “telecommuting” as a keyword. Also try Telework Recruiting or FlexJobs, which require small membership fees.
A traditional 9-to-5 job can be tough for people with disabilities. Working from home might be a more attractive option. Unfortunately, finding telecommuting jobs isn’t always easy. The National Telecommuting Institute is a great resource. It specializes in providing legitimate telecommuting jobs for those with disabilities. It offers listings and advice. All job postings are screened to avoid scams. http://www.nticentral.org
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