When to Start Looking for a Post Retirement Job

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If you're thinking about retiring from your current job, but don't want to stop working, it can be a good idea to plan ahead and consider what you'd like to do next. Many retirees are now working after retiring from their primary job either out of economic necessity, to tap into an interest or passion, to alleviate boredom, or to serve the community.

When to Start Looking for a Post Retirement Job

Even if a post retirement job is a necessity, you should still try to find something you are interested in.

A recent study conducted by The Center on Aging and Work at Boston College indicated that retirees who were engaged in meaningful or inspiring work experienced a higher quality of life than those people who were less active or were working at unrewarding jobs just to earn some money.

So it makes sense for those who are nearing retirement to consider work which will be stimulating and fulfilling.

One big question about post retirement jobs is when to start looking. If you are planning to retire in the next couple years, it is not too soon to start thinking about possible career options and to begin networking. However, depending on the type of job you want, you may not want to begin your active job search until you are closer to retirement.

Read below for more information on when and how to begin your job search.

Plan Ahead: Network Now

If you start thinking seriously about what you want to do next a year or two before you retire, you will have time to explore options, develop new skills, or even take classes.

Pre-retirees should begin by consulting with friends and contacts who have retired recently to learn more about their pursuits. Look at your local newspaper or your chamber of commerce website for local job clubs. Sometimes local libraries also hold job clubs for retirees.

Conducting informational interviews with current employed workers in your network who are in interesting positions can also help you to become more aware of suitable retirement jobs or volunteer opportunities.

Consider Career Counseling

Many people will benefit from meeting with a career counselor who can help them think about skills, interests, and values to incorporate into post retirement pursuits.

As you begin your job search, you might consider joining a job club or networking club. These are informal groups of job seekers. Some groups are geared specifically towards retirees.

There are also many self-help books like What Color is your Parachute? For Retirement, which can help you with self-assessment and brainstorming options. Also, check out How to Land a Retirement Job, which includes a list of the best jobs for retirees.

When to Start a Job Search

You will usually need to wait until about three months prior to retirement to apply for advertised jobs. However, if you would like to get started on your new career right away, consider taking a part time job while still working or begin volunteering on a limited basis. In these cases, you could start applying up to a year or so in advance.

These part time positions can provide the foundation for more substantial jobs or volunteer engagements after retirement.

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