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How To Unretire

Wong Shu Lee  


  June 07, 2022

Have you retired from your job but are now thinking about going back to work? If you’re considering reversing course, you’re not alone. 


One reason for the increase in the number of older workers is the aging population of baby boomers. Secondly, there was a rise in the number of people who retired recently because of health concerns or because rising asset values made retirement an option earlier than expected, leading them to decide to return to the labor force. Besides, many employers are looking for ways to fill open positions, and many of them value the experience retirees can bring to an organization. 


When you’re starting over in the workforce, you’ll have many different types of jobs to consider. For one thing, you won’t be locked into a full-time job. You’ll have the flexibility to consider a part-time role—or a couple of them if you need to raise your earnings.


Remote work is an excellent option to consider if you have health concerns or other reasons that you’d prefer to work from home. Other options to consider are consultant work, self-employment, or gig jobs that allow you to work your own schedule as a freelancer. Seasonal jobs might be ideal if you only want to work during only part of the year (during tax season, for example).


Before you get started on your job hunt, take some time to be sure you’re positioned to get hired. 


  • Your previous work experiences can be very valuable, even if you want to do something new. Many of the skills you used in those jobs can be applied to new roles. Those are called transferable skills—the ones you can carry with you and use from one job to the next.
  • If it's been a while since you used a computer and related programs for work-related tasks, be sure to test out the latest versions of any programs you're familiar with. 
  • Learn how to use popular remote work tools that you haven't yet used. Programs such as Google Workspace, Slack, and Zoom are standard in many remote teams, and having those on your resume will help make you stand out and immediately seem up-to-date.


How To Reverse Your Retirement


Once you’ve taken the time to catch up on the skills you need for today’s workplace, get ready to start your job search.


Update your resume: Give your resume a makeover or start from scratch and write a new one. Be sure to include the new skills you’ve learned.


Target your cover letter: Remember to keep your cover letter short and focused, share your most relevant skills and qualifications, and show why you’re qualified for the position.


Start networking: Your network is more than your professional colleagues, especially when you’ve got almost a lifetime of connections. Advise everyone you know that you’re unretiring. Someone you know may have an opportunity for you or may be able to refer you to someone who does.


We wish you all the best! 


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