Many Retirees Must Return to the Workforce

The value of retiree's savings along with their homes has fallen and this coupled with inflation and the huge costs associated with health care** has resulted in many finding they must return to work if they are to live a lifestyle any where near what they planned. Unfortunately the current job market is such that it is particularly difficult to find employment regardless of age.

A number of retirees have found it is possible to get a part-time or temporary job or project assignment. These kinds of jobs generally do not pay benefits and it is less expensive for employers to off-board workers that are not working full-time. It is important that retirees update their resumes. There are many services available to assist you. Check out

6 tips for seniors seeking employment

1. Register with temp firms in your local area as they don't care about age but are more interested in your skills and experience. Also if you get work through a temp firm it helps build your resume for future work assignments.

2. Try to get an interview with an employer you are not interested in working for to practice your interviewing skills. You don't want to go to your first interview in a long time with the employer you are really interested in working for and make easily correctable mistakes. .

3. Consider having your resume re-written or updated by an expert as the resume you used years ago is no longer appropriate.

4, Put your resume up on those job boards that connect older workers with employers seeking to hire them. The largest and most effective are, and

5. Look for temporary or project assignments as they are much more available than full-time jobs.

6. When applying for a job tell the employer you are willing to work on a project or temporary basis. This often gives you a leg up on younger workers or are often unable to accept this kind of employment. Temporary employment can often lead to full-time work.

Jobs most often filled by seniors

Executives & managers (project assignments)
Pharmacists (part-time & temporary)
Nurses & health care professionals (part-time & temporary)
Accountants (for tax season)
Call center & help desk
Customer service
Inside sales/telemarketing
Retail sales clerks (during the holidays)
Fast food & restaurant help r Hotel/hospitality jobs like front desk & concierge
School bus drivers

Many retirees are considering starting their own businesses. Although this has proven to be a good idea for some, it is not for everyone. Some retirees have lost their investment and end up much worse off then before they started. Carefully check out any business investment or franchise prior to signing any agreements. Go to for more information as well as the pros and cons of owning your own business during your retirement years. This site also includes a list of franchises that cater to older Americans.

As America ages there are more and more seniors with similar challenges. The chart below will give you an idea as to the numbers.

Age Age Age Age Age Age
60-64 65-74 75-84 85+ 60 & older 65 & older
2010 16,757,689 21,462,599 13,014,814 5,751,299 56,986,401 40,228,712
2020 21,008,851 32,312,186 15,895,265 6,597,019 75,813,321 54,804,470
2030 20,079,650 38,784,325 24,562,604 8,744,986 92,171,565 72,091,915
2040 20,512,884 36,895,223 30,145,467 14,197,701 101,751,275 81,238,391
2050 23,490,423 40,112,637 29,393,295 19,041,041 112,037,396 88,546,973

Only 48 percent of American workers plan to retire at age 67, with others planning to work longer, according to a survey released by Sun Life Financial. This means that the competition among older job seekers for the jobs that are available will continue to increase. It is important to prepare now for the eventuality that you may need to continue working well past the time you are planning to retire. Check out what others are doing. Ask them about their successes as well as their failures. If you are working, talk to your employer about continuing to work after your retirement age. See about flex-time, part-time or other programs your employer may have available. Start networking
now. You can accumulate a good deal of information as well as contacts gradually as opposed to facing the problem in a narrow time frame a short time prior to your retirement.

**In 2008 a couple retiring both at 65 will spend for Medicare insurance, and out of pocket expenses between a low of $117,000 with small prescription drug usage and a high of $549,000 with igh prescription drug usage during the combined remainder of their lifetimes.

Art Koff is a senior in his 70's who founded as a destination for retirees and people planning their retirement. The site includes a free job board connecting older workers with employers interested in hiring them.

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Comment by Maureen Sharib on November 10, 2008 at 8:03am
Related here.
Comment by Maureen Sharib on November 10, 2008 at 8:11am
Social Security...will replace about 40 percent of your paycheck.

Benefit Amount
Before you can qualify as a retired worker, you must have worked for at least 10 years and earned at least 40 Social Security credits. You can earn up to 4 of these credits per year by paying Social Security taxes (also known as FICA). If you don't have enough credits, you may still qualify based on your spouse's earnings. This applies even if you are widowed or divorced.

The amount you will receive as your Social Security benefit is based on three factors: your age at retirement, the number of years you were in the workforce, and your overall Social Security tax contribution.

And how many know this?
How old you need to be to receive the full retirement benefit is gradually increasing from age 65 to 67. The exact age you need to reach before being eligible for full retirement benefits depends on when you were born. Those born before 1938 have full retirement at 65. Those born after 1959 have full retirement at 67. If you were born between 1938 and 1959, your full retirement age will be between 65 and 67.

Those weren't the rules when I started paying in!

More here.
Comment by Greg Plotner on November 17, 2008 at 4:43pm
The recent decline in stock and bond funds have left many people approaching their retirements with far less money than they had hoped for in their 401(k) plans. In fact, many accounts have been reduced to 201(k) levels after losses of 30% to 50%. However, these individuals are still healthy and very willing to continue their careers as independent consultants for their current employers or other employers. Highly compensated individuals really need a way to restore their 401(k) savings. We have just discovered and are working with a firm providing business services to independent consultants including contributions of $51,000 per year to a Fidelity 401(k) plan . The company is named Experience 4 Hire, and their website is at:


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