Four Tips for Finding Work after Retirement


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Alongside his wife, Theodore “Ted” Catino began Security National Automotive Acceptance Corporation, an auto financing company that he sold in 2011. More recently, Ted Catino founded the job search app GigSmart. Aside from this endeavor, he dedicates his time to helping retirees find work as an interview and transition coach.

The following tips may help you find work after you have retired:

1. Consider a “gig” job. In a gig economy, companies such as Uber and GigSmart rely on independent contractors and temporary workers. The jobs allow you to earn extra money and maintain a work schedule that accommodates your needs and obligations.

2. Embark on an entrepreneurial venture. Look for ways to use your skills to provide services to clients. For example, you can leverage your home-repair expertise to perform maintenance or draw on your knowledge in a specific academic area to tutor students.

3. Offer consulting services. If you possess extensive experience in a specific industry or trade, you can put that knowledge to work by becoming an independent consultant. You can start your own consulting business or apply for short-term consulting positions. Temporary consulting jobs also may lead to full-time employment.

4. Work with a temp firm. These companies help people of all ages and experiences levels. Temp firms work with job candidates to find employment based on their skills and often provide assistance with résumés and interviews.


Ways to Succeed During Your Career Transition

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Career Transition

The 1995 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Theodore “Ted” Catino has worked in a variety of industries, including investments and automobile finance. Serving as co-founder of GigSmart, Ted Catino divides his time between overseeing the creation of the GigSmart app and coaching others during professional transitions.

Once you have started your professional career, you may realize your interest lies in a different field, thus prompting a career transition. Regardless of your personal reasons for changing careers, these tips can ensure your transition goes smoothly:

Seek support: If you don’t have the right support, going through a career transition likely will be extremely difficult. Find support by asking friends and colleagues for advice or seeking out a transition mentor to answer any questions you may have. You also can look for job placement and resume assistance services to help guide you.

Plan for the unexpected: During your transition process, you likely will experience situations and problems that are not ideal. Instead of letting these issues sneak up on you, try planning for them ahead of time. Keep an open mind about where your skills may be beneficial and explore career opportunities outside of the obvious to ensure you aren’t left jobless.

Return to school: Whether you have the necessary skills and education for your dream job or not, going back to school can help you look more appealing to employers. Online classes and weekend seminars are a great way to update your knowledge and demonstrate that you are familiar with the newest techniques within your target field.

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