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Working As A Senior
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Working As A Senior

I think the truth has finally set in for a lot of Seniors. The truth being that they will have to work beyond the age they thought would be their retirement age. I know there are a lot of seniors out there that are saying Not Me! Well hooray for them, however there are an equal number saying Oh S*** we have more month than money.

The truth is that it is not as bad as it sounds. Seniors have a lot to offer and the workplace is in need of just what they have to offer. Most won’t have to work full time to meet their needs which will fit right into a lot of employers plans. Seniors are dependable, mature, sober and even tempered. They have seen most of what the world has to offer and have learned to deal with it.

So we have what the workplace needs. Now what do we do. First decide what industry or business you would like to work in. Also make a list of those you definitely don’t want to work in. Narrow your list down to just a few and then see if they make sense in your area. Once you have just a few names on your list check to see if they are hiring. Don’t get stressed if they aren’t running help wanted ads. Your job is to get your name in front of those making the hiring decisions.

I know most of you haven’t had to look for a job in a long time. The trick here is to use that experience you have. Most of us have friends or relatives that might work in the business we have chosen. Enlist them to help you get your name in front of the decision makers. Let them know you are open to discussion on hours, benefits, and pay scale. Network, Network, Network.

Once you gain an interview make sure you show up looking professional but not anxious. This is the time to feel them out and decide if this is a place you might want to work. If you have the skill set they are looking for and can offer them your services on a part time basis they just might jump at the chance to hire you.

Whatever you do don’t sell yourself short. Know which areas you can negotiate on but stand firm on those you won’t negotiate on. If you don’t need health insurance or a high pay scale make sure they understand that. Know going in what you will accept as a pay rate and the hours you are willing to work.

Take your time making a decision. The last thing you want is a job you hate.


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Ann, I agree that age discrimination is alive and well especially for those unable to find a job even though they are qualified

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  about 1 decade ago

Response to Daniel Ver1: You say if we look at age discrimination we would be focusing on the negative and unproductive. I agree about the unproductive Daniel. For instance try this one on for size; searching for jobs for over a year and even though qualified the person over sixty is overlooked. That is discrimination and it's alive and well.

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  about 1 decade ago

Hi John, this is the reason why I wrote my article, job creations without raising taxes. We can all work together with this objectives in mind. Regards

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the comment Daniel. You sound like an interesting guy. One I would like to meet someday

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  about 1 decade ago

I have decided the only way I can work past retirement is for myself. Good article.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the reply. I have been a one man show for the last seven years but hope to hang up the tools if I can get the affiliate marketing working

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  about 1 decade ago

My thoughts exactly. So far I am really liking what I am seeing. I pretty much had to hang up the hands on physical work for several reasons. I have always wanted to get into marketing.

  
  about 1 decade ago

Hi Shawn, Or you can help me educate our leaders in the government. Let me know what you think.

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  about 1 decade ago

John, Good ideas. Once the economy picks up, I believe this will be true. For right now? Employers want young adults with no little kids -- and go to lengths to find them. blessings, Cynthia

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  about 1 decade ago

Cynthia, I wonder if that might be a regional thing. They seem to be looking for older employees in my area. Thanks for your comment. The more info the better

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  about 1 decade ago

That's true! Could well be regional. Hope so:-) because that would mean the economy's turning. There's not going to be enough people to do the work soon. From what I understand, once the vast numbers of older employees stop working and the relatively smaller numbers of the next generations step up -- more people in terms of creating demand for service and less people creating supply. blessings, Cynthia

  
  about 1 decade ago

John I agree with you up to a point. True that senior citizens are working today because of the bedlam with the economy and many have lost their security through the bungling of others with their savings and nest eggs. The problems that exists is the discrimination that seniors now have to face that is wisely presented when applying for positions on the internet. To get your age postured without seeming to discriminate, you are asked for the year you graduated from high school or college. Another annoying factor is having to search for jobs through good old "Head Hunters." They are the new employment agencies that collect all criteria from resumes and distribute them according to where the need is justified for an employer. This is not always for the sake of the person who applies as it is more for the person who needs to meet a quota for their own company. I used this type of agency when I left high school (it was new then). I never thought I would see the day that they would be the ultimate path to job searching. At one time businesses advertised through newspapers and other areas to enlist employees. Very few do it today. Another issue that disturbs me is pay rates. If you worked for a company and made a generous pay rate, you are disqualified if you apply for anything below what was previously earned. Tell me that this isn't discriminating. In 1994, I was in dire financial constraints, I left my last position as an office employee and was able to apply for a retail position as an associate that paid less than I previously earned. I walked into the store and filled out an application and got the job. I can't do this today because of the reasons previously mentioned. It's a shame!

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  about 1 decade ago

Ann, Thanks for your reply. It covered areas I hadn't considered. Age discrimination could well be an article of its own.

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  about 1 decade ago

John, if we look at age discrimination then our attention would be on the negative and unproductive factors. My article is about out-of-the-box solutions. I certainly believe that our leaders in the government totally lack proper guidance on the proper ways of creating jobs. Raising taxes is the worst idea at this time.

  
  about 1 decade ago
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