A career is a long-standing journey. Starting with that immense happiness and a roller coaster ride later, you reach the zenith of your career and then comes retirement. For some, this is followed by a post-retirement job search.
Retirement, though generally perceived as the onset of a new phase of life marked with relief, relaxation and lots of leisure time, may usher in new challenges for the aging souls.
Retirement means that there won’t be that monthly salary, and hence a source of regular income anymore. It also means little or no work to do, and no way to kill the new-found free time. There was a time when there were enough family engagements to keep you engaged even post-retirement. And finances were rather sorted with lesser expenses, pensions and some permanent sources of income. Yes, referring to the ‘good old times’.
Now that the ‘old times’ are over and we have adapted to new and modern ways of life, the trend of post-retirement job search is catching up fast and has become the ned of the hour. Several factors, including dwindling finances and lack of engagement, can lead one towards looking for a post-retirement job.
However, finding a job post-retirement can be a tough job in a country like India which is bustling with youthful energy, and a looming employment crisis already. In this post, we discuss the various challenges one faces during the post-retirement job search, and go on to share the right positive approach and a few tips and tricks towards starting a new job even after the age of 60!
Are you ready for it? Let’s go!
Challenges in Post Retirement Job search
The first step towards a successful post-retirement job search is to be able to understand and appreciate the fact that it is going to be a tough and uphill journey. For all the obvious reasons, finding a job at the age of 60+ is no way similar to finding one at the age of 20.
- Your skill-set may be severely outdated
- You are presumably a less productive employee
- You may not be able to gel up well the other, younger employees at the workplace
- You may find it difficult to adapt to the work culture and new ways of working
- You may not find a job in the field of your career experience
Most importantly, you may be lacking the same kind of enthusiasm and motivation that you had when you started your first job.
But, but, but…..challenges are there, agreed. But did you observe the pattern, these are all ‘mays’! What this means essentially is that you can overcome these challenges quite easily by developing a positive attitude, being open to learning and adapting, and finding your ‘why’.
You will find it all soon, read on!
Developing a Positive outlook
Your attitude is everything and the miracles of a positive outlook are well known. Everywhere, in all walks of life. And post-retirement job search is no different. Therefore, developing a positive and progressive attitude is must-must before embarking on your post-retirement job hunting expedition. And there are specific ways to do it.
- How will I get a job?
- I’m too old to work now.
- The paycheck will be so less.
- I will never be able to find an employer.
- Do they even hire people at this age?
…….too much of negative thoughts?
Here’s what you need to think instead.
- I have worked all my life, why can’t I now.
- So many people of my age have already found jobs.
- I will quickly adapt to the new ways of work.
- The job will help ease out my problems!
- After all, it is just a job, I’ll get it.
Feeling better? Stay calm, and go on a job hunt!
Some Ways to Pursue Post Retirement Job search
Find your Why
Having discussed the challenges that come your way in post-retirement job search, it is evident that it is not an easy task to accomplish. It may take you several days and months to find a suitable job for yourself, and at this age, and the amount of experience and qualifications that you have, it can be at times, frustrating. Isn’t it?
One good way to avoid this kind of frustration is to find your ‘Why?’.
- Why do I want a job?
Find your answer to this question. It can be a genuine dearth of finances. It can be a major disappointment from your investments. Or maybe you are plain bored and want some work to keep yourself engaged. Your why can have ‘n’ number of answers, but what is important is that you find that answer for yourself.
When things don’t go as expected, you are either not able to find a company that would hire a mature employee like you, or you have faced several rejections, the answer to this ‘why’ will keep you moving until you finally land a job!
Know Your Worth
As a senior employee with a career full of experiences, you know you have too much to offer to a potential employer. If you don’t, just know it now! If you do not value yourself, the employer is never going to see your worth. It reflects. Therefore, keep yourself in high spirits, because of you truly, genuinely, worth the job.
As a mature executive who is on a post-retirement job search, you bring to the table:
- Seasoned skill-set
- Worldly wisdom
- Ethics & Values
- Your answer to your ‘why’!
Moreover, research shows that senior employees are more likely to be loyal to a company, be less demanding and are less likely to engage in disputes within the organization. The investment in a mature hire generally has high returns for a company or organization.
Isn’t it more than enough for you to deserve any job on planet earth? It is!
Just make sure you know your worth, and make the potential employer realize the same.
Identify the Target Jobs
In the process of finding a job at the age of 60 or so, it becomes important to identify the right kind of job. Beyond your skill and experience, there are factors at play which you must be aware of.
You need to look at two aspects of it:
One, what kind of job profile you will be able to work in?
Two, what kind of employer will be interested in hiring you?
Now at 60, you are not fit to work in a laborious job for the obvious reasons. Instead, profiles like that of an accountant, supervisor or co-ordinator will be more suitable for you. So have a shortlist of the kind of roles you work in at the back of your mind, and then go out for job hunting.
At the same time, keep it in mind that not all employers are interested in hiring retired employees. Some belief in fresh and raw talent and that’s perfectly okay. There are very few companies/industries that would hire mature employees. Amongst these, there are certainly some companies that intend to gain from the experience and expertise of a mature employee, and hence specifically hire from the retired role for certain roles.
Therefore, all you need to do is to look out for the most suitable roles in the most suitable companies, match your profile and skills with them, and it won’t take much time before you succeed in your post-retirement job search.
Put your Network to Work
It is a widely accepted fact that the best way to land a job is through a person’s connections and employee referrals. And guess what? You are at great advantage here!
Over a long-standing career of about 40 years, one of the key things that one earns is people, their trust and credibility. Over such a long period, one builds an extensive network of colleagues, customers, clients, and corporates, regardless of the field and profile one has worked in. This network can help you big time during the post-retirement job search
All you need to do is to make a few calls, fix a few appointments, and put your network at work OR you can simply let LinkedIn help your recruitment! Are you still wondering about why LinkedIn should be used for recruitment?
Be as Fresh as (Daisy?!)
As a retired person, you have all the experience and wisdom of the world. You bring to the table something that a fresh young professional can never stake a claim at. But at the same time, you lack that very freshness and rawness of younger talent. Never let that come in your way!
Even if you are a retired employee looking for a new job, tired of life and its dares (understandable!), keep yourselves young (at heart?), alive and kicking in front of the potential employer. Bear a positive attitude, and display a willingness to work and learn even at this age.
It starts from something as basic as preparing a resume that reflects not only your experience of a long-standing career, but also your positive attitude and willingness to work, and goes on to your attitude, personality, way of talking and body language. Indeed, all of this does not come easily at this age, but then, you compete against a young and energetic 20-something guy!
Pro-tip: Do not forget to tailor the resume as per every potential employer’s needs. Here is the ultimate resume writing checklist.
Going for a post-retirement job search can be difficult, but it is possible. With a positive attitude and the right approach, you too can have a job of your choice even at the age of 60 and have a peaceful and enriching life.