How to Get a Job If You’re a Retiree

Author Cash Nickerson says veteran workers who are looking for work need to sure they emphasize their skills on their resumes. (Photo: Mei-Chun Jau for USA TODAY)
Author Cash Nickerson says veteran workers who are looking for work need to sure they emphasize their skills on their resumes.
(Photo: Mei-Chun Jau for USA TODAY)

About 65% of workers plan to work for pay in retirement, but only 27% of retirees say they are working for pay.

About 65% of workers plan to work for pay in retirement, but only 27% of retirees say they have managed to accomplish that goal, according to a recent survey. This doesn’t surprise Cash Nickerson who studied this issue for his new book, BOOMERangs: Engaging the Aging Workforce in America.

Nickerson believes that many people would enjoy and benefit from staying employed into their late 60s, 70s and beyond, but to do that they may need to polish their résumés and find a new job.

An attorney with an MBA, Nickerson, 55, has read and reviewed the résumés of thousands of workers. He was a corporate lawyer for 10 years, an entrepreneur for 10 years and is now president of PDS Tech, an engineering and IT recruiting firm that supplies temporary staff and project support to Fortune 500 clients. His company employs about 7,200 people for its clients. Nickerson shared his insights on this topic with USA TODAY retirement writer Nanci Hellmich.

Q: Many people want to continue working after age 65. What are the advantages for society, employers and for these seasoned workers?

A: I call it a win-win-win. For the government, if these people weren’t working they would be a burden on social service programs such as Social Security and Medicare. For the employers, these seasoned workers have experience and a tremendous amount of knowledge. And it’s great for the people themselves. Studies show that people are healthier, happier and live better lives if they are working. There is a horrible health impact when people are involuntarily terminated when they are older.

Q: How do people begin looking for a job if they have been laid off or retired but want to get back into the workforce?

A: Consider going to a firm that hires temporary help. That can be your best bet to get back in the workplace. A lot of temporary jobs lead to permanent jobs. It’s a way to get your foot in the door. Once you are there and working, they realize you are really good and hire you.

Volunteer for charitable organizations because that gets you out. People who hire other people go to charitable events. The more you engage, the better off you are. Don’t sit at home, send out résumés and do nothing else.

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Source: USA Today | Nanci Hellmich

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