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Retirement Planning – Post-Retirement Work

Q: What resources can you provide for post-retire work? I will retire in a couple of years and want to get started on researching legit jobs from home or flexible part time work schedules to stay active.

 

A: The first place to start is with you. As you said, you will retire in a couple of years. A lot of people seek part-time or volunteer work in retirement to either supplement their income or support organizations they have a strong connection to.

 

So first consider, do you want to volunteer or do you want to supplement your income.

 

Next, what do you want to do? What are you passionate about? What are your strengths? How do you add value?

 

It’s much better to have a specific focus or target position as opposed to being a mile wide and an inch deep.

 

Once you have your ideal position in mind, throw it out to the universe by focusing first on your own personal network, ie the people that know you best, that you have strong relationships with. These are the people who not only know you, but can provide the best character references in a spontaneous referral situation. Meaning if your life long friend John knows you are looking for X, he will keep his antennae up for you and also recommend you if he hears someone talking about a need for your specific skillset.

 

Of course there are countless websites (monster.com, careerbuilder.com, etc) and job boards galore.

 

But you will be much more successful and much happier if you:

 

1)      Figure out exactly what it is you want to do (the more specific the better)

2)      Let your network of family, friends and colleagues know

 

You will be amazed at what you find.


 

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