Work for Seniors

Seniors have different views on retirement. For some, it is a time of resting and developing their passions and hobbies. For others, being retired is associated mainly with financial and health problems.

Numerous retirees feel strong enough to continue working and growing professionally. Others take up work to top up their home budget or to support the family. In this post, we suggest what work is suitable for seniors and where to look for it.

Why do seniors want to work?

 

Seniors who want to work are motivated by different factors:

 

  • Extra money
    The main reason for such activity among retirees is the desire to earn some extra money as their pensions aren’t high. Many seniors struggle with financial problems. According to the research conducted by the National Debt Register, approx. 328,000 Polish seniors are in debt. Their total liabilities amount to PLN 5.6 billion. Retirees take loans much more often than people who are professionally active. 41% of them admit that they have taken a loan many times, and only 10% have never incurred debt. Therefore, the possibility of working in retirement is, above all, an opportunity to improve their home budget.

  • Good health 
    Senior numbers continue to grow, and older people enjoy good health for much longer than they used to. As a result, they want to continue improving their qualifications, and they see their many years of experience as their main asset.

  • Desire to be needed
    Many people believe that retirement and stopping work cut you off from an active life and make you feel “no longer needed” and “the days to drag by”. So, seniors take up a job (not necessarily full-time) to keep in touch with other people, stay in better physical and mental condition, and be able to leave home for a while.

  • Making dreams come true
    Seniors have all kinds of dreams and needs. Some people just want to go to the old town, sit in their favourite café overlooking the city. On the other hand, others want to travel, explore new countries, pursue their unfulfilled plans. Working in retirement and earning extra money gives them a chance
    to live the way they have always dreamed, but did not have the time or courage to do it.

 

What job is suitable for a senior?

 

Seniors often are hired for freelance assignments or to have a contract for specific work, work part-time or even for several hours a week. Recruiters consider seniors as a vital resource, as the shortages in the labour market are very large, which is influenced, i.a. by the demographic situation. Seniors who take up work are even described as the lifebuoy of the economy.

Seniors can work at the times that are the most convenient for them (for example on selected days) and adapted to their abilities. Below there are some examples of jobs that may provide retirees with some extra money:

 

  • Care giver
    While browsing the bulletin board, you often come across job offers that begin with the words: “I am looking for a care giver for an elderly person” or “I am looking for a nanny for an elderly person / child”. Any senior can take up such work. Sometimes you have to take care of a disabled or infirm person, e.g. cook dinner for them, clean the apartment, and sometimes just keep them company on selected days. Also, many mothers willingly cooperate with seniors and hire them as nannies for their children, because they know they have a lot of free time and are perfect for caring for children.

  • Handyperson
    This is a perfect job for a senior who can repair a leaking tap, loves to DIY and repair home appliances. Such workers are often sought after not only by the owners of detached houses but also by local companies.
    Adverts are normally published on websites and portal. Give it a title such as “HANDYPERSON: help with renovations, plumbing, electrical installations” and add a location, e.g. “location: Warsaw”.

  • Tutoring
    An offer from the “education” section. Many retired teachers and elder people who know foreign languages decide to start tutoring. This type of work, however, requires maintaining continuous activity and staying committed to continue this profession.

  • Cosmetics consultant
    It's a popular way to earn money for teenagers and for seniors as well. Importantly, this does not require specialist qualifications or completing additional courses. On the other hand, a cosmetics consultant is expected to have a positive attitude towards the client, a pleasant smile on their face and to be kind.

  • Distributing leaflets
    This is becoming more and more popular among seniors, especially men. Employers appreciate the diligence and reliability of elder people. Seniors inspire more trust than younger people, so, e.g. they are more likely to enter a building. Distributing promotional leaflets creates an additional source of income. However, you must remember that this work
    requires a good standard of fitness and commitment. Most often it is chosen by seniors, whose main goal is to quickly gain some extra money.

  • Watchman
    It is a very simple job, often offered by security agencies. It usually requires being in the place indicated by the employer and intensively observing the area. From time to time, you just need to walk around the supervised area. It is not a well-paid job, but the expenditure needed is minimal.

  • Remote working from home
    Your home can be a workplace these days. Many different tasks can be performed remotely. Most offers are related to the IT industry, marketing and advertising. You can copywrite, teach foreign languages, run company profiles on social media, design graphics, edit photos, etc.

  • Call centre
    Note that this type of work is very popular among seniors. People working in a call centre mainly deal with customer service over the phone to sell products. This involves acquiring customers, offering goods or conducting surveys. Employees also explain incomprehensible issues, confirm data and accept complaints. This is an excellent job for those who like to solve all sorts of problems and talk to other people. Additionally, you can comfortably sit in the armchair.

 

Remote working – advantages for seniors

 

Senior pracujący zdalnie

 

E-work, or remote work, is now the latest trend in the global economy. Why do seniors decide to do it?

 

1. They save time

Remote working does not involve seniors wasting time commuting to work and being stuck in traffic jams in the city centre. Travelling on an overcrowded bus or subway is not a pleasure. The time they save can be spent on developing their passions or spending it with family.

 

2. They save money

When working remotely, a senior does not spend money on fuel for a car or on public transport tickets. They also save on food that they would buy on lunch breaks in the city.

 

3. Comfort

There's no place like home. Many seniors like to work in peace. They find it difficult to focus when someone is talking on the phone or tapping loudly on the keyboard at the next desk. E-work allows a senior to create a workplace in their own home. It provides peace and quiet, guarantees no distractions.

 

4. Flexibility

Working in this position is flexible in terms of time and a lot depends on the preferences of a given senior. Therefore, it gives the opportunity to match the needs of a senior to working hours. It is then easier to make an appointment with the doctor during the day or combine work with caring for grandchildren.

 

 

Where can seniors find job offers?

 

Often seniors who want to take up an additional job do not find employment quickly. It can take days and even weeks. Finding the right job – be it part-time or full-time – most often involves long-term tracking of offers. What is the best way to look for a job?

 

Job offers can be found on the Internet, among others. Many people enter in the search engine: “work for a retiree” (often adding their place of residence, e.g. “location Warsaw and the surrounding area”), “nanny or caretaker wanted” or “senior care – work”. This is a good step, but you have to remember that this way you will find job offers that are very popular. Instead, try visiting the websites of the companies you would like to work for. Check the “Work”, “Career” or “Join us” tabs, where job offers are more often published.

 

You can find a list of job offers for seniors here:
https://career.homeglobal.com/?changelocale=en

 

Also, visit portals with advertisements where job offers are published, as well as join groups dedicated to retirees on social media. This will allow you to establish contact with people like you and get support in, e.g. looking for a job.

 

Where else can you find job offers tailored to your preferences? Read daily newspapers or professional magazines. Offers are also advertised on the radio and television. You should read offers on a regular basis.

 

You can also post your own advertisement in the press, radio, television or the Internet (add in the advertisement which place of work suits you in terms of location, e.g. location in Warsaw, Cracow, Wroclaw, etc.). Lots of people view the ads, so they may be interested in the services you offer.

 

Go to the job offers portal, create your profile there and add your resume. See what employers expect and find out if they are looking for someone like you.

 

One source of information about vacancies are also employment offices that organise career counselling for seniors. This gives you a chance to participate in group or individual consultations, workshops and training (e.g. on how to prepare a proper resume and cover letter).

 

How to write your resume?

 

Seniors who are looking for a job should prepare a resume and cover letter. What should be included?

 

Refer to the requirements of the job offer. Read the job offer carefully so that your resume meets the employer's requirements. Only add information about yourself that is relevant to the position.

Add a professional experience summary. Prepare a short description of your most important experiences, skills and achievements.

Describe your qualifications. A resume is a good way to show off your extensive professional experience. Describe exactly what you have been doing, add which companies you have worked with, what results you achieved.

Show that you care about the position. With a cover letter, you can show your employer that you are more willing to work than younger applicants. Try to explain why you are perfect for a given position.

Take care of the way your resume and cover letter look. It's worth making sure that your CV and cover letter look professional. Use a neat template, add line spacing, avoid mistakes and typos. More information on how to write good resume can be found here.

 

Looking for a job – what to watch out for?

 

Always be vigilant when looking for a job. Keep in mind that many dishonest employers and ordinary scammers use the trust of seniors. What job offers should arouse suspicion? The ones:

 

  • that require you to send a scanned copy of your ID

  • where an employer asks you to transfer any money (even a very small amount)

  • that require training you need to pay for in advance

  • where you are asked to send an authorisation text message

  • that require you to call an indicated phone number

 

Usually, such procedures are used to obtain personal data that may be used for a crime. The posting of fake job offers just to collect personal information is an unfair practice. People who prepare such offers are not interested in your qualifications but want to obtain your e-mail address and information about your gender, age or place of residence. The requirements specified in such an “offer” are created in a way that as many people as possible meet them.