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If You Are Just Sitting At Home – Get Back to Work!


You’re first thought upon hearing this suggestion might be “no way”! Especially if you’re happily retired. Wait just a moment before dismissing the idea! You need something to do, something to get you out of the house and get some social interaction.

Why not choose something that will pay you for doing it?

No one is saying you should run out and take any job that presents itself. Or that you should look for a part-time job in your old profession. The latter might be a good idea if you miss your work, but if not, why not look for something else?

Many industries hire part-time workers, and it’s not just fast food and retail companies.  Of course, there is nothing wrong with those jobs.

One of the largest employers of part-time workers is the non-profit sector. This is because they often don’t have the resources to hire full-time people, but they still need competent and professional employees.

Is there a cause or charity you are passionate about?

The odds are good that your community has a non-profit dedicated to it. You can find part-time jobs with organizations as different as your local cancer education group, a science museum, or the humane society.

If non-profits aren’t your thing, what about antique shops or thrift stores?

Are you an artist or musician?  Your local music store might need some help or you could give lessons.

There are local community organizations that need part-time help. Schools, libraries, and health centers would all be glad to hire an experienced part-time employee for a variety of tasks.


None of these sound like they would suit you?

Well, guess what? Pretty much every industry and every company have some form of part-time job you could potentially fill. This applies equally to everything from truck driving to bookkeeping, from education to landscaping.

If you want to get a part-time job, spread the word to your family and friends. Networking is still the best way to find a job.  If you let people know you’re looking, you’ll probably get plenty of leads. Be sure to give them specific details about what you’d like to find so you only get good matches.

Getting a part-time job certainly isn’t for every older adult. You might prefer to volunteer or do something else instead. That is understandable. You’ve earned your retirement years. Going back into the labor force is optional but doing something to get you out of the office and keep you engaged with life isn’t if you want to stay young at heart.