For example, you might have been
in the banking industry, but want to
work with children now. You might
be able to take that experience and
become a substitute math teacher, or
you might decide to get a teaching
certificate in your spare time prior to
retiring and then find a teaching job.
Step 4: Prepare a list of references relevant to the job you are
If you don’t have a “LinkedIn” account, get one. This is the business
side of social networking. You can
have colleagues recommend you and
tout your expertise. Employers will be
looking here and on Facebook.com to
learn more about who you are.
Step 5: Use job search services.
You might want to enlist the assistance of a headhunter or an employment agency. These services are free to
you as the companies hiring pay for
Most job postings occur online.
You can post your resume online
and search for jobs on: Monster.com,
CareerBuilder.com and RetirementJobs.com.
Step 6: Persistence.
Don’t give up. It takes time and a
lot of effort, but you can do it.
Start Your Own
Business or Work from
While many Baby Boomers
aren’t necessarily ready to leave
the workforce when they hit 60,
more than a few look for ways to
scale back their workload, create more flexibility for enjoying
leisure pursuits, or pursue long-time
hobbies or interests in an income-producing way.
But many older workers looking to semi-retire or pursue a different career don’t know where to
start. Russell advises Baby Boomers to start simple and think about
what kind of new experience they’re
seeking. “AARP has an online
assessment tool that lets you evaluate your current skills as well as what
you enjoy doing and then figure out
where the gaps in your skills are,” she
says. Many community colleges offer
courses in fields that area employers
Nelson cautions Baby Boomers to
understand the difference between
interests and skills, as they look to
switch careers or start a business in
retirement. “Our interests are outside,
and our skills and strengths are inside
us,” he says. “You might think a job
related to your hobby would interest
you, but it has to make use of your
Be energetic and efficient. Be proficient with
technology—computers, tablets, smart phones
and the internet...