Retirement Jobs: Seniors Hunt for Work

RetirementJobs.com sees great leap in traffic as more seniors look for work.

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In another sign the market turmoil has truly upended retirement plans for many older workers, the Boston Herald reports that the website RetirementJobs.com has seen Web traffic double over the last two months. Spokesman Patrick Rafter told the newspaper that "the majority of boomers now see working in retirement as part of their retirement plan." Investments and savings are not enough—seniors now want jobs for a "regular, steady flow of income to support them," Rafter says.

Some job search advice for older workers:

  • Keep your résumé brief, fresh, and relevant. Avoid the temptation to list your extensive experience in extensive detail.
    • When it comes to networks—forget your grandson's account on Facebook. You're older and you know more people—so tap into that advantage. Let people know you're looking for work and tell them what you're looking for.
      • Show your freshness: Go online and create a colorful, Web-savvy résumé at VisualCV.com; start a blog that shows off your expertise; create a profile at LinkedIn.
        • In the interview: Acknowledge your age with a sharp, pithy line about the utility it would provide the company. Remember, as well, to be especially energetic in the interview.