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Part-Time Jobs for Seniors

Continuing Work After Retirement

“Retirement jobs” – no, this is not an oxymoron.  Many baby boomers and seniors are seeking out further employment after retirement.  In particular, many are looking for part-time jobs for seniors.  Some seniors need extra income or medical insurance, others are looking for personal satisfaction in doing something they enjoy, and some are simply bored and want something to do after retiring.  Times are changing, and many people are working well beyond the traditional age of retirement.  Employers are now recognizing the hard work ethic and experience these seniors can bring to their company.

Part-time jobs for seniors after retirement can do more than provide extra income to put towards that red sports car you have always wanted.  These jobs for seniors provide personal satisfaction and enjoyment, friends and an opportunity to bond with others, and fulfill one’s need to contribute to the world.  Here are some ideas for part-time jobs for seniors:

  • Retail is great for part-time employment for seniors because it offers a flexible schedule, interaction with customers, and of course, extra income.  Retail jobs may include cashier, greeter, stock room associate or even retail management positions.  You may want to consider working for major retailers, or instead you might prefer a business where you can specialize in your area of expertise, such as a florist, sporting goods store or car dealership.  Here are some of the best retail employers who are hiring jobs for seniors:
  • Consulting is another part-time job for seniors that is stimulating and makes use of their wealth of knowledge and experience.  Many mature professionals start their own business as independent consultants, finding clients through their past business relationships.  Independent consulting or working for a small existing firm both allow for flexible hours and time off.
  • Non-profit jobs for seniors are an excellent way to get involved in a fulfilling career that helps others.  Many non-profit jobs are paid, and most organizations will be flexible and accommodating for an enthusiastic, senior worker.  These non-profit part-time jobs for seniors will help you make a contribution to the world.
  • Freelance work offers part-time employment for seniors in many fields, such as writing.  Freelance writing as a part-time job for seniors allows you to work from home and at your own leisure.  Check out Sologig for more information on freelance work to find jobs for seniors, or read the article “Seven Easy Steps to a Freelance Life”.
  • Tour jobs may include giving tours at museums, historical monuments or local sight-seeing attractions in the community.  These part-time jobs for seniors provide opportunities to learn, share knowledge with others and meet new people.
  • Staying Where You Are is another option for retiring seniors.  If you love your current job, tell your employer that you are around the age of retirement and ask if there is a way to reduce your hours and workload (and salary).
  • For more ideas on part-time jobs for seniors, check out the article “Deferring Retirement? Best Part-Time Gigs for Baby Boomers” or “Today’s Best Part-Time Jobs”.

If part-time jobs for seniors aren’t enough for you, you may be more interested in a career change after retiring from your current position.  PrimeCB is a great resource for the mature professional looking for a career change.  The AARP puts out a yearly list of the best employers for workers over 50, based on recruiting practices, opportunities for training, education and career development, workplace accommodations, alternative work options (such as flexible job scheduling, job sharing and phased retirement), employee health and pension benefits and retiree benefits. Highlights from the AARP’s list of the “Best Employers for Workers Over 50” include the following companies:

What if I am too old? You are never too old, unless you act like it.  Think of yourself as an asset to the company, and showcase your experience and enthusiasm.  If you do this, employers will be competing to get you in their door.  If you are still worried that employers will not hire you because of your age, take some classes and do a lot of reading to stay up to date in your industry and the world in general.  Mature job seekers may decide to only include more recent and relevant job experience in their resumes or avoid putting dates in the education section.  Check out this article for interview advice: “How Boomers Can Answer Interview Questions.”

What you have that employers want:

  • Experience – with years of professional experience, you have so much to offer; this experience is invaluable and is something that can only be gained with time, thus setting you apart from younger job seekers and recent college graduates
  • Wisdom – in addition to professional experience, you are learned in the ways of the world; from decision-making to people skills, your wisdom is a huge asset to companies
  • Commitment – senior employees are more likely to feel a sense of commitment and loyalty to the company; because of this, employers know that you are less likely to jump from one job to another in hopes of advancing you career – instead, you want to make the most out of the job you have

Factors you may want to consider when looking for part-time jobs for seniors:

  • Less stress
  • Flexible Hours
  • Enjoyment
  • Making a contribution to society
  • An opportunity to get out of the house and meet new people

Whether you need extra income, want a part-time job that allows you to spend time with your family and travel, want to make a difference in the world, or are not quite ready to retire, there are many opportunities available to you in finding jobs for seniors.  The best piece of advice to seniors looking for jobs is to do something you love.  If you love your job, then it won’t even feel like work.

Here are some other great senior resources:

39 Responses for "Part-Time Jobs for Seniors"

  • denise May 10th, 2010 at 11:55 am 1

    I am about to retire and I can’tr seem to locate a position at Home Depot in Edgewood, MD, so can you direct me in the riht direction.

  • Glenn June 19th, 2010 at 9:03 pm 2

    I’m a retired Civil Service professional from Dover AFB DE. I have applied and have interviewed at many companies such as the ones listed above. The interviews were very positive, but lets face it, if you’ve never had retail experience. or don’t have the look they want, you’re out of luck. I’m 61 and still in fine shape and would very much like to work, but it aint gonna happen.

  • Bob February 8th, 2011 at 12:26 pm 3

    I will be 70 in May,am in good physical condition,
    and have 25 years experience in retail management,
    22 years in carpet cleaning/restoration,and am closing business due to the economy.I was in visual communications in the navy,so I am open to any offer that would fit.I would prefer an “in person” interview,which would be beneficial to both me and the company .

  • Alan June 30th, 2011 at 6:35 pm 4

    Hello employers. Anyone seeking to have a semi-senior(57) work part-time helping out with a creative type position, please let me know. I am writing a satrical-memoir and have done stand-up in 83-85. What i’m looking for is 12-16 hours per week in the Los Angeles area.

  • Hector Edenburg July 7th, 2011 at 4:04 pm 5

    Im 62 years old retired ,Im looking for a part-time job,Ihave 28 years experience in retail sales.
    I have applied and interviewed at many companies,no one want nto hire me ,apreciate if some one help me,Im bilingue spanish and english
    thanks sincerely Hector edenburg

  • henri July 19th, 2011 at 5:58 am 6

    am 29yaers old and am looking for any job

  • Betsy September 3rd, 2011 at 9:31 pm 7

    I am going to retire at the age of 56 next year. I am an English teacher for spanish speaking high school students. I am thinking of maybe working part time. Let me know if there is anything that includes a bilingual position. I have a masters in English as a second language.

  • Ron Litle November 5th, 2011 at 11:16 am 8

    I was in the forklift sales and service Industry
    for over 35 years.also did sub contract work for a few dealers.I was a road tech.mostly managing my own buisness, made a decent living untill economy went sour.I am 71 still have a few good years left .Cancer survivor.Cant work all day I get tired.and wore out

  • Lois Stone December 6th, 2011 at 6:07 pm 9

    Hi, I am a 55 year old that has over 25 years in cake decorating. In those years I have had many famous and influential clients. I have lots of experience in knowing what sells in the bakery. I have also won many awards for customer service. I would be a great asset to any new or existing bakery.

  • janice whitaker January 18th, 2012 at 9:23 pm 10

    i am looking for a part time job i have a lot of knowledge .i have did child care,worked at the shelter,ran errands and took a person to the doctor,pharmacy,all kind of errands.clean house.worked in a mail room.laundry room at the hospital until i finished my training for assembly.worked there until the company folded.now i am just looking for a part time position in any on of these jobs,or any new one.i learn very fast i have always prouded myself on that.

  • Judith Calbi February 4th, 2012 at 12:19 pm 11

    16 years with pharmaceutical company supporting Sr. Level management.

    Is there an interested employer!

  • Jean V. Guarino February 23rd, 2012 at 8:17 pm 12

    Hi, I am an honest young Senior Citizen very interested in a parttime job. Most of my employment has been all types of office work. Dictaphone, switchboard, faxing, scanning, customer service, receptionist, etc., etc.
    Interested? Please reply. Thank you.

  • Linda Wallbaum April 3rd, 2012 at 11:22 am 13

    I have 45 years as a paralegal. Would like to work part-time in Jacksonville, IL in something besides the legal environment. I am 66 years old. Part-time means 2-3 days per week, 5-6 hours per day.

  • Judy Schwartz April 17th, 2012 at 7:48 pm 14

    I am 65, female senior looking for part time work
    maybe 4 days a week, 4 hours a day.
    In missouri, in north county.
    about me.
    I am very creative with ideas,putting together
    new programs, ways to save money, good decision
    maker,I have written a book , wrote two soldiers songs,I like to solve problems and find a better way.like marketing,like creating adds for companies,created a new wedding gift, I would be a asset for your company.please reply

  • fank zuzzi May 3rd, 2012 at 9:25 am 15

    65 years old, over 25 years of sales management in telecommunications managing an outside sales team. Position eliminated due to cut backs in the company. Energetic not resdy to retire, would consider full time or part time work.

  • Mary R. Steele May 15th, 2012 at 12:52 pm 16

    I am a 60 year old female looking for receptionist work. I can work from 10:00 a.m. til 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. I have 20 years experience. I live in Memphis TN 38109 zip code

  • BARUCH BHOMA May 17th, 2012 at 7:45 am 17

    Am 22yrs looking for any available job in your company

  • EMMANUEL AHUNYINA May 17th, 2012 at 7:47 am 18

    Am a musculin man of 25yrs looking for any vacancy in your company

  • Thomas A. Palmer May 22nd, 2012 at 8:22 am 19

    I am an experienced Property Manager and Accountant looking for work in the Boston area. Either full-time or part-time.

  • Ronnie G. Lemon June 7th, 2012 at 10:49 pm 20

    I am 63 years old I speak English. Portuguese. Spanish. fluently I have 25 years in Retail Sales Management, Stocking, Inventory Management, Shipping Receiving, UPS , FED-EX, Counter Sales, Computer, HARD WORKER, ENTHUSIASTIC , ON TIME, EARLY RISER , My last employer was for Twenty years. Before him fifteen years.. I am looking for Part Time and a GREAT PLACE TO WORK .preferably thirty miles within my zip code.
    I would like to thank you for taking a little time to read some of the information that I have given. I would be very much interested in a interview very soon…..
    Yours Truley
    Ronnie G. Lemon

  • Howard Dully June 25th, 2012 at 2:23 pm 21

    I am 63 male senior looking for part time work In San Jose, CA I am very loyal and tend to think out of the box, I was a trainer for years in School bus driving, I wrote a book “My Lobotomy” and was published by Random House. I am a good motivational speaker.

  • maurice roseborough July 7th, 2012 at 2:10 pm 22

    I am 62 years old and have worked with industrial batteries and battery chargers for over 20 years. I am on a fixed income and need to do some part time work.

  • john spinelli July 17th, 2012 at 11:41 am 23

    i am a semi retired plumber , and total retirement is just not for me . cant depend on social security to pay my bills . i would like to maybe maintenance or high low operator or even factory . what ever i can get.

  • Steve Hilling August 10th, 2012 at 12:28 pm 24

    I am retired and I am looking for a part time janitor job only in Kernersville NC area. I do not need to make a lot of money just something with a few hours a day. I have back problems but I can do light janitoral work such as, take out trash, sweep floors, clean restrooms and scrub floors. I do not want to run a scrubber, bluffer or wax floors just light duties.

  • Lisette Advincula August 13th, 2012 at 10:28 am 25

    How do we post a job opening that we want to offer to Senior Citizens?

  • Michele Hayes August 21st, 2012 at 8:39 pm 26

    I am 55 years old and a retired postal employee. I’m looking for something in mail processing if possible in Cleveland Ohio.

  • Rosemarie August 31st, 2012 at 7:30 pm 27

    Hi, I am 64 – female looking for part time work in Coral Springs, Fl.
    I worked as a secretary for over 30 yrs. at some very good brokerage firms on Wall St., NYC – Advertising Agency., NYC – Real Estate., Miami, Fl. and owwnrd & operated businesses with my husband. I am retired now but would like to keep busy mentally. I am very organized & could help someone with their overwhelming clerical work and I am very good with phone communication – taking messages, making appointments, etc. Please contact me if you think we could help each other. Thank You.

  • Ruby DeLorge September 2nd, 2012 at 3:56 pm 28

    I am 65 years old, licnesed chemical dependency counselor, certified anger resolution therapist. have a small business, (not doing well) I would like to work ten -sixteen hours a week, facilitating group sessions or just working in a shelter for women. In and arounf Fort Worth /Boyd Texas

  • Muhammad Saeed September 3rd, 2012 at 5:53 am 29

    I am 61, retired from UNO and looking for part time job (5 hours a day)

    Has an experience of 28 years working as ‘Executive Assistant’ and ‘Senior Secretary’.

    Well conversant in drafting/self-correspondence, administration, logistics, transport management, travel and hotel bookings, follow up actions and capable of working with minimum supervision.

  • Marvin Wells September 7th, 2012 at 9:00 pm 30

    Im 68 yrs old and have applied for positions all over have lots of experience in driving light trucks and vans, great driving record.is good at inventory control, my last job was inventory control and shipping and receiving, every application I fill our they never get back to me makes me think its my age they never tell you just dont get back, I can out work any one they alrerady have on staff younger. Thank You.

  • yirda perez September 27th, 2012 at 7:07 pm 31

    im 60 year old active healthy l have experience in nursing now im seeking a weeken job for anybody who needs my services in staying home with your elderly while you need extra hour to take care of your needs druing the day or evening im available for friday sat. and sun. thank you very much have a nice day

  • ISHER SINGH MOHAL November 20th, 2012 at 12:00 am 32


  • samson emmanuel December 2nd, 2012 at 7:26 pm 33

    am looking for a job am 24 years old after completion of my A-Level school am so iddle so help me please

  • Mary January 24th, 2013 at 9:56 am 34

    I’m 65 yrs old and will retire 04/01/13. If there is a small company looking for help with A/R, A/P or general office work in Hilliard, OH, I would be very interested in applying. I have over 25 yrs of office experience. I would like to work 15 to 25 hrs. per week.

  • T.J. Williams April 2nd, 2013 at 6:03 am 35

    These comments are extremely depressing, but so very true. I have had the same experiences, with no results. Being with a agency for the elder worker is just as bad, they try to work you to death. I’ve worked all my life and still worked harder with the organizations that the agency send me to. I am fit, but looks as though they are trying to tell me that I am not young enough.

    Truly depressing!

  • roby luffman mocksville nc davie county April 7th, 2013 at 5:14 pm 36

    retired dept.mgr. tobacco co. funeral home,
    sales of monuments, retired 72 yr male with very light duty, with light pay. phone. runner, drive well but walk slow.

  • D Lincoln April 8th, 2013 at 4:52 am 37

    I am 65 years old and lots experience as a secretaries and promotional work.

  • Donald G. Axe April 15th, 2013 at 10:11 am 38

    I retired in December 0f 2012. I was in Manufacturing Management in positions of Production Manager and Plant Manager. I have a degree in Business. I would like to work 20/25 hours a week to help a small to mid size company improve its bottom line. I live in Lititz, PA. and would like to work in the Lancaster county area. Is there any company in my area who would be interested in my help?

    Don Axe

  • Mary Loverro May 13th, 2013 at 6:57 pm 39

    I am a 66 year old female looking for receptionist work. I can work from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. I have 20 years experience. I live in Brooklyn, NY 11214.

    Most of my employment experience has been CPA (Certified Public Accountants. My expertise is Excel, Outlook, Receptionist, Quickbooks, Word, Faxing, Scanning, Etc., Interested? Please reply. Thank you.

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