Today’s senior citizens are not the picture of their parents. Most don’t see 65 as a reasonable retirement age or have the same financial security. Most still have mortgages, have the high cost of health care and retirement packages that offer security are getting hard and harder to come by. This all translate in a older working population. Many want to work using job skills learned over decades of employment and others need to subsidize their income due to high or unforeseen expenses. According to JobBankUSA.Com, over 23% of the population over the age of 65 are continuing to work. Here are five jobs seniors can do or apply for to continue in the job market.
Many retailers such as Walmart and Target are easy hirings for senior citizens. Walmart currently has around 20% of its workforce at the age of 55 or older. Retailers like to hire seniors for numerous reasons such as experience, work ethic, their need for part time rather than full time work and more. Seniors also benefit from these employers by having better insurance coverage, flexible hours and the ability for advancement. You can visit www.Walmart.Com or www.Target.Com for more information.
The online auction site remains a great source of self employment for many Americans. It is estimated that over 500,000 people earn an income due to selling on Ebay. For seniors that is a great job opportunity. A craft, hobby, collection or just good business sense can lead to a substantial income. It offers the convenience of selling 24 hours a day 7 days a week in the comfort of your own home. The site is very user friendly and offers monthly discounts to its members. There are books available such as The Dummies series that offers great tips for selling products on the site. Ebay also offers a tutorial on its site at www.Ebay.Com
Many community colleges and city centers offer the opportunity to teach classes on everything from work related to hobbies. This forum offers seniors a great way to be employed. For example, if your work experience was tax and accounting, you could offer to teach a class for small business owners. If produced a particular art work such as pottery, you could teach a class to students wanting to learn. If you taught pre schoolers, you could offer to teach a parent and child class. The possibilities are endless.
Communications and Servicing Companies
Many communication and servicing companies have call centers. These centers require a huge staff and usually have high turnover. These companies such as AT & T, American Express, Ryder Transport, Bank of America credit card servicing and more enjoy hiring seniors. The benefits are amazing, time flexibility is there for both part time and full time employment and most of these companies receive financial incentives to hire seniors.
Small Business Owner
Many seniors have the benefit of years of experience along with a desire for independence. That combination is a perfect fit for a small business owner. Many seniors have always had a desire or did previously run a business. Today, starting a small business can be done with little to no overhead. It can easily be done from the convenience of your home. Check out your local SBA for more information regarding financing or classes to educate yourself on the steps that need to be taken. You can also go online to www.SBA.gov
Seniors today have the ability to be a positive and vital part of the workforce. They are living longer and healthier and don’t want to retire early. Jobs are available in the marketplace to take advantage of their skills and desire to keep on working.