Encore Careers: 6 Tips that Help Baby Boomers Get Hired

June 21, 2013 - Paul Downey

Statistics show that the average woman lives another 23 years past 65 and the average man lives another 18 years. What would you like to do with that time?

This is the second part of a three-piece series on Encore Careers. It’s no secret that Baby Boomers are planning to remain in the workforce past the traditional retirement age. While some Baby Boomers continue to enjoy their first careers, some may want to reenter the workforce after taking some time off. Here are 6 tips that will get you ready for that Encore Career:

  1. Know what your passions are; know what you’re good at
  2. Check with your local network to find out where jobs are
  3. Use the Internet to search for senior employment opportunities
  4. Update your resume showcasing your talent and experience
  5. Go to school and utilize community education programs
  6. Volunteer to increase your chances of getting hired

For detailed information about each of these tips and examples of where to look for help, watch my discussion in the KUSI Newsroom by clicking the picture below:

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Check back next Friday for Part 3 covering Encore Careers: Resources and Success Stories

Encore Careers: Remaining in the Workforce Past the Traditional Retirement Age

June 14, 2013 - Paul Downey

This is part one of a three-piece series on Encore Careers. As more and more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, many actually remain in the workforce or reinvent themselves for an Encore Career.  Reasons for remaining employed are as diverse as the seniors facing those decisions.

“Work is not about the money. I want to stay busy.” ~Archie Moore Jr.

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At Senior Community Centers 14 percent of our workforce is 65 years or older. Not long ago the typical American’s goal was to retire before age 65 but now more workers are pushing back retirement into their 70s.

Statistics show that 18.5 percent of Americans age 65 and over were still working in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Baby boomers are staying in the workforce for a multitude of reasons. They are trying to help cover the costs associated with their children’s college tuition while caring for their aging parents. Does that sound familiar? Others continue to work after their retirement savings took a deep hit during the recession. In addition, many Americans are now living into their late 80s and 90s outliving their retirement savings.

“Being a senior myself opened my eyes on how the senior population was neglected and I wanted to do something with my own hands to help.” (Archie Moore Jr.)

For many older adults having a purpose and making a difference in the community is what keeps them in the workforce. “Work is not about the money. I want to stay busy.” says Archie Moore, Jr., age 70. After 25 years in sales, over 15 years as a pharmacist and two college degrees, Archie felt he was most needed serving seniors in downtown San Diego and joined Senior Community Centers’ Nutrition Program where he continues to make a difference not just for himself but for our community.

It’s never too late to reinvent yourself and follow your passion. What keeps you actively engaged in today’s workforce?

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Check back next Friday for Part 2 covering Encore Careers: 6 Tips that Help Baby Boomers get Hired.

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