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Start your search for a retired part-time job – The Oakland Press

A reader recently asked how to go about finding a meaningful part-time job after retiring in a few years. “I don’t know where to look for meaningful part-time work,” he wrote. “Besides that is how to reach out. To whom and how? How to start there? »

As 2.6 million more Americans than expected have retired early during the pandemic, many are looking to return to the workforce, preferably on their terms. In March 2022, 3.2% of workers who had retired a year earlier found jobs, according to an analysis of Labor Department data. And, with inflation on the rise and equities faltering, it’s likely that more retirees will want — or need — to return to work, at least part-time.

With inflation rising and equities losing momentum, it’s likely that more retirees will want — or need — to return to work, at least part-time. (Photo courtesy of Metro Creative Connection)

So how do you start finding an interesting part-time job after retirement? Here are five steps to help you focus and move forward:

1. Clearly explain why you want to work in retirement. Whether your primary goal is earning an income or finding meaningful work, defining your “must haves”, “nice to haves” and “decisive elements” will guide your decisions going forward. Think about how, why and when you want to work. Ask yourself how much you want or need to earn. Ask yourself if you need a job that challenges you creatively or intellectually. Consider what type of work schedule works best for you. Want to try turning a hobby into a source of income? Perhaps you would prefer to continue in your old profession, but on a more flexible basis, perhaps as a trainer, coach or consultant.

2. Look for flexible opportunities in your target industries. If it’s been a while since you looked for a job, you’ll be pleased to find that flexible, virtual, and high-quality project work options have increased dramatically in recent years.

Here are three ways to learn more about options in your industry:

• Explore industry associations. Many sponsored webinars, newsletters, job boards, and conferences are invaluable for newcomers and industry veterans alike. They can alert you to growth opportunities within the industry, as well as certification programs that can help you move quickly and inexpensively into a new role. To locate an industry association in your area of ​​interest, simply do a Google search or consult the Gale Encyclopedia of Associations, which can be found online or in the reference section of your library.
• Check out job sites that emphasize flexible and on-demand work. There are a growing number of online platforms, such as, or, specializing in flexible working. In addition to job postings, they have helpful tips for navigating the world of flexible working.
• Find assignments with temporary or professional service companies. These days, many companies use temp agencies to fill professional-level positions. To find a company in your target industry, ask for referrals from colleagues or do a Google search using terms such as “interim executive”, “recruitment agency” or “professional services firm”.

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