I’m retired, why should I get a part-time job? I guess there are many reasons people chose to work after retirement. Perhaps they’ve done the math and concluded that their savings won’t last their lifetime. Or maybe, money isn’t the issue – maybe they’re bored or lonely. Or, maybe they still want to continue to contribute to society. So, a part-time job looks pretty good. (Click on this link for a good article about the benefits of working after retirement.) As for me, I am starting to get bored and lonely. Most of my friends are former colleagues and they are scattered all over the U.S. So, no spontaneous coffee dates, trips to the museum, or commiserating over a late-night glass of wine. I figure, working part-time could give me much needed social interaction, and is obviously a great way to not completely deplete my retirement savings.
But, aside from the issue of ageism (a topic for another post), where can an older person find a meaningful part-time job? Also, how do you get training if the part-time job you want is not in your area of expertise?
There are many websites and books that list part-time jobs for retirees. I cannot vouch for how successful they are, but provide the resource list in case this is something you (or I) need to explore:
Job Search Websites
Indeed is a job listing site. I noticed that (for Las Vegas) most of its part-time job listings are for retail/sales positions.
Idealist lists nonprofit jobs and volunteer opportunities.
Craigslist.org has job listings, including some gig positions.
LinkedIn maybe you can network your way into a part-time job? When you search for a job, you can see if you know someone who works/ previously worked at that company.
Retired Brains has a specific subsection to search for part-time jobs for retirees.
Google for Jobs is a newer job search engine. It pulled some interesting jobs for Las Vegas when I searched.
Coolworks is a site you should check out if you dream of working at a national park, ski resort, or summer camp.
SnagaJob lists fast food and hospitality jobs.
If you have a computer background, are a graphic designer, or are a writer, check out these freelance websites:
Talent Zoo has advertising, marketing, design, creative and web jobs. If that is your background, you might want to check it out; however, when I looked, there were not a lot of jobs listed. I also noticed that this site lists jobs sponsored by Indeed.
(Caveat: You probably won’t get rich working these freelance gigs, but they can be a nice supplement to your savings.)
If you are interested in learning more about the pros and cons of freelancing, a reader (thanks Nur) suggested this guide to freelancing.
Specialized Job Listings
Finally, there are job sites linked to specific industries, such as food-related jobs (see Good Food Jobs); oil and gas industry jobs (RigZone); life science jobs (BioSpace); finance-related jobs (eFinancialCareers); jobs requiring security clearances (Clearance Jobs); technology jobs (Dice); hospitality jobs (Hcareers); marketing/media jobs (MediaBistro); and healthcare (Healthecareers).
Another good website to check out is The Penny Hoarder, which lists some job opportunities.
Here’s a list of books that discuss working after retirement:
Great Jobs for Everyone 50 +, Updated Edition: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy…and Pays the Bills by Kerry E. Hannon
What’s Next? Updated: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond by Kerry E. Hannon
The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life by Marci Alboher
Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement by Nancy Collamer
It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond (Artist’s Way) by Julia Cameron
In my legal career, I job-hopped frequently. When working for the federal government, my go-to source for searching for work was USAJOBS. While the search engine is no longer as user-friendly under the current administration, there are ways to search for part-time work and contract positions.
Additionally, the National Older Worker Career Center has two programs that provide government jobs for experienced workers: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) and the Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Conversation Experienced Services (ACES).
There are also websites that list jobs in state, county, and city government. As these websites are specific to your location, I advise that you use Google to explore opportunities in your location. For Nevada, check out this link.
Selling your Crafts
Are you crafty? There may be a market for your items on Etsy, eBay, at flea markets, at fairs, etc. A former co-worker of mine sells a homemade crepe mix at fairs and online. He also makes a wooden holder for coffee filters – a design he found in Germany – that he sells online.
Several of my friends are into beading and have had some success selling online.
If you do not have transferable skills for your dream part-time job, you will have to get some training. I am aware of some older folks – like Robert DeNiro’s character in The Intern – who managed to snag an internship at companies and nonprofits, but my sole attempt to be an intern at a nonprofit was dismissed because I was “overqualified.” Others have told me that ageism is a problem in snagging an internship, paid or otherwise.
Experience Works There is a site where lower-income people 55+ can obtain paid training at government agencies and other nonprofits. When I checked the website, I saw that only a few states participated in the program.
Volunteering Your Way to Paid Work
Another route to part-time work that offers free training is to volunteer at an organization that interests you. Sometimes you can parlay that volunteer work into paid part-time work at that organization or elsewhere. Two websites that I have personally used to look for volunteer opportunities are:
According to an article on Bankrate, one retiree who volunteered at a local university ended up getting a part-time job. He showed he had research experience in and caught the archivist’s attention. I am also aware of a former co-worker who volunteered as a docent at a museum. When she retired from the government, the museum offered her a part-time job. I guess it’s a matter of try before you buy!
AARP lists part-time jobs on its website and offers virtual job fairs. Having looked through the job listings, they all appear to require some level of training and generally fall into these categories:
Healthcare (patient advocate, medical assistant, dietitian, senior care) jobs
Finance or Tax Preparer jobs
Retail/Direct Sales/Seasonal worker
Call Center/Customer Service Rep
Landscaping/Home Remodeling jobs
Gig Economy jobs, such as rideshare driver (Uber, Lyft), becoming a house sitter/pet sitter/dog walker, turning your spare room into an Airbnb, shopping/delivery/courier jobs, etc.
Of the jobs listed, the only ones that interest me are a consultant (which I occasionally do now) and gig economy jobs. After working for “the Man” for so long, I like the independence of not being an employee.
Overseas Part-time Jobs
If you chose to live overseas, please click here for resources for an overseas part-time job.