Plan for a Retirement Job

Plan for a Retirement Job

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Plan for a Retirement Job

It is common these days for people to plan for a retirement job. A job that keeps some income coming in even though they have retired from their regular work. A retirement job may be in the same industry you have work for before or you may decide to try an entirely new type of job.

If you are wanting to work full or part time in retirement or move to a pre-retirement job, take the time to evaluate what you really want to do.  Consider 6 Ways People over 50 can find jobs they’ll love, 7 mistakes job seekers over 50 make, Land the Job you Love!: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers over 50, Working after retirement: 69 post-retirement jobs that can change your life, Second-Act Careers: 50+ ways to profit from your passions during semi-retirement, or 72 ways to earn extra cash after you retire: from anywhere in the world

Resources for Retirement Jobs

Senior Job Bank
Workforce 50
AARP Best Employers for Workers over 50
The Best Employers and Jobs for Workers over 50
100 Great Second- Act Career Resources
Retirement Jobs

Strategies for a  Retirement Job

As you plan for a retirement job consider strategies that will help you succeed as an older worker.  Make sure you update your skills to be current with what is needed in the workforce, accentuate your experience and capabilities, find ways to let those doing the hiring how you can help the company.

Be aware that the job search has changed from the “old days” as most jobs are posted online, applications are electronic, and you may need to fine-tune your resume for each position you apply to. Remember to network and let people know you are looking for work.

As you adopt these a strategic plan to find a retirement job, you will find that your plan for a retirement job has really paid off.

Plan to Get Licensed or Certified

Plan to Get Licensed or Certified

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Plan to get licensed or certified. Consider what it takes to be licensed in your field so that you make sure you get the qualifications  to succeed.

An important strategy in tuning up a career is to make a plan to get licensed or certified in order to get the job you desire requires it. Let’s face it, some professions require licensure to ensure that the person practicing the profession has the skills to do the job. Some common professions that require licensing include: medicine, nursing, law, dentistry, teaching, accounting, veterinarian, pharmacists, psychologist, engineer, or architect.  These are the most commonly licensed professions, but certainly not all. Therefore, consider a a profession that you can qualify for by getting a license in order to get a good job.

Do it now!  Don’t delay.  Consider which profession you are interested in so that you can get qualified.

Professions that require a license or certification

Licensed Professions

Once way to decide if you really want to take the time to enter a licensed profession is to take the time to find out  more about certain careers.

Explore a career in nursing.

Explore a career as a pharmacy technician.

Consider a career as an administrative medical assistant.

Explore a career in medical coding.

Explore a career in medical transcription.

Become a veterinary assistant.

Become an optical assistant.

Consider whether to become a physical therapy aide.

Explore a career as a paralegal.


Other times it pays to get certified.  An additional certification may give you a boost over others in your field.

Consider a Certificate in Stress Management.

Certificate in Meditation.

What about a Certificate in Healthy Aging.

Get a Certificate in Food, Nutrition, and Health.

Get a Certificate in Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing.

Explore a Certificate in Integrative Mental Health.

Get a Certificate in Spirituality, Health, and Healing.

What about a Certificate in Healing Environments. or a

Certificate in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Take the time to explore whether to plan to get licensed or certificated.   Sometimes a license or certification can give you the boost you need in order to step-up your career. After all, you want  to be the one who has a competitive edge when it comes time to get hired.  A license or certificate can be just what you need in order to get that career boost to a new job or promotion.  A few courses, training, and certification can pay big dividends in terms of both job and pay.

What are you waiting for? Do it now and you will soon be enjoying the higher salary that licensed and certified professionals earn.  After all, you will be one of them.

08 Career Planning

Six Steps to a Career Plan


Six Steps to a Career Plan


It all starts with six steps to a career plan.

  • First, you need to decide what you want to do. This may take some evaluation of your skills and abilities, interests and desires, and aptitudes.
  • Second, you want to find out what it takes to do what you want to do. If you want to be an airplane pilot, you need to investigate how to get a pilots license, and so forth.
  • Third, take action to get the knowledge, skills and experience or education.
  • Once you have the new skills, you can update your resume.
  • Fifth, let people know you are ready to work. Whether you want a new job or are starting a new business, people need to know you are available.
  • Finally, continue to stay up to date in your field.

Let’s look at each of these steps.

One, Decide what you want to do.

Sometimes the hardest thing is to figure out what you want to do.  The personal assessment and skills assessment information under the personal assessment tab of this web site may help.  If you could do anything, what would it be?  What do you like to do?  What are you good at?  Ask yourself a few questions to figure out what you want to do.

It can help to look up different jobs, what they require, what the work is like, what the job pays, and what training is needed.  This can help you match your interests to the current job market. When you find a good match you are ready to move on to the next step.

Two, Research What it Takes.

Once you know what you want to do, you are ready to research what it takes to do your dream job.  Look at the Occupational Outlook to find out about specific jobs.  Read about training requirements for your target job.  Identify whether you need formal schooling, a degree or certificate, or even a license to do the job.

Don’t be daunted by the need to continue your education.  Education often pays big dividends in terms of job compensation and rewards. Figure out what you need to do.  Whether the road of preparation is short or long, you will be happiest if you prepare for work you enjoy!

Three, Get the Knowledge, Skills, Experience or Education.

Once you know what it takes to work in the career you have targeted, take action! Figure out how to get the knowledge skills, experience or education. Here are some typical ways to do that.

  • Go back to school. Get a degree that allows you to work your dream job.
  • Practice new skills. If you want to be a carpenter, you need to know how to use the tools of the trade. Find every opportunity you can to practice the skills you need to do the job.
  • Volunteer. Volunteer to help those in your targeted field to get some experience, see what the work is really like, and to prepare for a job.
  • Get a certificate or license. Get the certificate or license required to work in the field. This may require both school, skills, and an internship to qualify for licensure. Take one step at a time until you reach your goal.

Four, Update your Resume.

Once you have taken the time to sharpen your skills, get further education and training, or add to your experience; you are ready to update your resume. Make sure your resume includes your new skills and experience. Find people who can vouch for your capabilities to use as references.

As you update your resume, make sure you put your most recent training and skills first so that others can quickly see that you are prepared for a new job.

Five, Let people know you are ready to work.

Get the word out. Whether you want to apply to work with a big company, start a small business, or open a shop around the corner; you need dot let people know that you are ready to work and want the business. If you are applying to work for a company, you need to go through the job search process. Interview, evaluate different organizations and find the one that best meets your needs.

If you are starting your own business, you want to contact other businesses, look for referrals and find a way to let others know you are open and ready for business.

Six, Continue to stay up to date in your field.

Once you land your dream job, your career planning hasn’t ended, it has only just begun! You want to continue to stay up to date in your field. Continue your training and education. Take a class. Learn new skills. Stay up to date with technology. Makes sure that you continue to have the job to stay current in your field.

There are no limits on what you can do as you apply these six steps to a career plan. Remember, first, decide what you want to do. Second, find out what it takes. Third, get the knowledge, skills, and experience or education. Fourth, update your resume. Fifth, let people know you are ready to work. Sixth, continue to stay up to date in your field.

3 x 3 Career Strategies for the New Year

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3 x 3 Career Strategies for the New Year

Consider the following three by three career strategies for the new year. Each of main three strategies has three areas of focus.   With three areas of focus for each strategy you have a 3 x 3 approach to career strategies you can use to jump start your career for the new year! Use three career strategies: 1) Skill Development , 2) Knowledge Development, 3) Connect and Network  to give your career a boost.

The career strategies in skill development include: 1) Hone the 3 Rs – Reading, Wriitng and Arithmetic, 2) Communication and Problem solving and 3) Management Skills. Three areas of focus for knowledge development include 1) business, 2) small business development, and 3) Industry or professional development. There are three areas of focus when you connect and network. These include: 1) network 2) find a mentor, and 3) know the job market.

When you have reviewed each of the three areas of focus in each of the three primary areas, you will have 3 x 3 or 9 career strategies for the new year!

Set Personal Goals for Career Development

Success always starts with goal setting!  Consider what you want to achieve in a career – do you want to move into management, land a new job, start a small business, or pick up a little extra income on the side.  Follow your heart!  Is there something you have always wanted to do?  The new year may be just the time for a new career strategy.  Your career strategy all starts with a simple goal.  Read more about goal setting:  How to Set Goals for the Life you Actually Want or focus on How to Set Goals: 10 Steps to Stay Focused or read How to Set Goals: Ultimate Goal Setting Guide to Having your Best Year Ever, by Craig Ballantyne.

As you decide what goal to set, consider 3 areas of focus: 1) Skill Development, 2) Knowledge development and how to 3) connect and network with others. Skills development teaches you how to do something new or allows you to “brush up” on something you haven’t done for a while.  Knowledge development ensures that you know what you need to know to reach your career goals.  Connecting and networking help you work with others to advance your career. Once your goals are set, be sure to implement your career strategies for the new year.

  • (1) Skill Development


The career strategies in skill development include: 1) Hone the 3 Rs – Reading, Wriitng and Arithmetic, 2) Communication and Problem solving and 3) Management Skills. Let’s take a look t each of these areas.

  • Hone the 3 Rs – Reading, wRiting, and aRthimetic.

Set a goal to read more about business. Take the time to read a newspaper or journal that focuses on business and business trends. Read current financial reports. A little daily business reading can go a long way to enhance your business knowledge. If you want to speed up the reading consider a course such as Merrill Ream Speed Reading.

Take a Grammar Refresher or Grammar for ESL course  or Fundamentals of Technical Writing course to improve your writing. Remember, nothing improves writing more than writing every day.  Buy a notebook and write a short summary of your day. You will be amazed at how much easier it gets each time you write! You may even want to learn how you can Publish and Sell Your E-Books.

Improve basic math skills by taking a Math Refresher course or try Singapore Math: Number Sense and Computational Strategies. Maybe you are ready for more advanced skills such as Medical Math, Introduction to Statistics,  Personal Finance, or Stocks, Bonds, and Investing: Oh My!

  • Communication and Problem Solving.

Many businesses will hire someone who can communicate well, then train them on the technical aspects of the business. Improve your communication by taking a Keys to Effective Communication course. Maybe you want to improve your ability to present and share information with others. Consider a course in Mastering Public Speaking.

These days, businesses often look for people with additional skills such knowing another language.  Consider learning a new language as part of your career strategy for the new year.  Take a course in Speed Spanish, Beginning Conversational French, or Easy English 1. Of course, you want to consider the demographics of your specific geographic area to decide which language would be of most use in your location.

Those who can problem solve are valuable to a business.  Enhance your problem solving ability by reading a few books on problem solving: Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book For Smart People by Ken Watanabe or 101 Creative Problem Solving Techniques: The Handbook of New Ideas for Business by James Higgins.   Consider ways to enhance your problem solving abilities such as a course on Skills for Making Great Decisions,  or Achieving Success with Difficult People.

  • Management Skills.

Prepare to move into management by taking a course on Fundamentals of Supervision and Management or Leadership. Those who understand the numbers have a “heads up” over others. Take a course in Accounting Fundamentals or Introduction to Business Analysis so you are the one who “understands the numbers”. It is a great business skill to improve the workplace. Become the one who knows how to do this with a Total Quality Fundamentals course.

Those who move up into management need leadership skills to work with employees.  Take a Leadership course or Understanding the Human Resource Function course to learn the secrets human resource professionals know about how engage employees.

  • (2) Knowledge Development


Three areas of focus for knowledge development include 1) business, 2) small business development, and 3) Industry or professional development.

  • Business.

Expand your knowledge of business and the information a corporate leader needs to know. What do you know about the company you work for? Have you taken the time to look at the corporate web site where you work?

A lot of information can be gathered from a company web site.  Explore the web site of the company where your work or a company you are interested in working for.  Find  the corporate mission statement, financial reports, and company goals. Once you know the company goals, evaluate how you can align your own goals with those of the company so that you can move up the corporate ladder.

Research the web to know what your competitors are doing.  Understand the information that those in management or executive positions know about.  Be the one to know about Employment Law Fundamentals and how the law impacts your workplace.

  • Small Business Development.

Whether you are in business on your own or work for someone else, knowing how to develop and grow a business is a useful knowledge to have. Consider ways to start your own business by taking a course on how to Start your own Small Business or Creating a Successful Business Plan.   Learn how to make money with a Real Estate Investing course or Learn to Buy and Sell on eBay. Many people are successful at home based businesses. A course on how to Start and Operate Your Own Home-Based Business or Starting a Consulting Practice may help you jump-start a small business this year.

If you already own a small business but want to expand, look at marketing methods.  Consider a course in Marketing Your Business on the Internet, Get Grants!, Achieving Top Search Engine Positions, Effective Selling, Professional Sales Skills, or Small Business marketing on a Shoestring.

  • Industry or Professional Development.

If you are part of a specific profession, join the professional organization. If you don’t know of an organization to join, look online at General Professional Organizations and Associations for Networking. Find the organization that meets your career goals and needs.


 (3) Connect and Network


There are three areas of focus when you connect and network. These include: 1) network 2) find a mentor, and 3) know the job market.

  • Network.

It is important to establish networks of professional relationships that link you to others in your industry and profession. Review Job Networking Tips, ,The Art of Career and Job-Searching Networking: Critical Networking Tools for job Seekers or Turbo Charge your job search with 12 easy networking tips. The more people who know you, the more people who can help you with your job search.

Read about Business Networking: How to Build an Awesome Professional network: Strategies and tactics to meet and build relationships, by Mike Fishbein or Networking is not working: Stop collecting business cards and start making meaningful connections, by Derek Coburn.

  • Find a Mentor.

A mentor is someone who is farther along in their career who can help guide you along your career. They can help you prepare to take the next step in moving up in your career. A good mentor can be invaluable! Take your time in Finding the Right Professional Mentor.      Finding a Mentor is Easier than you think if you take the right steps.

  • Know the Job Market.

Take the time to research job trends. Discover what it takes to successfully land your dream job by starting with a course on  Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search. Review industry reports to know what is going on in your industry. Review Bureau of Labor Statistics information to know the labor market in your area.



Step up career 2015

5 things to do to step up your career up to the next level

5 things to do to step up your career 

You have some work experience and want to move into management.  You want to step up your career. What do you do?

1.   Learn to Manage.

Often the next step up the career ladder is to move into management.  Learn about managing and supervising other workers.  Read a few books about management such as The First Time Manager, by Loren Belker and Jim McCormick  or The 27 Challenges Managers Face:  Step-by-Step Solutions to (Nearly) All of your Management Problems by Bruce Tulgan or Management by Richard L. Daft.  Take a class on the  Fundamentals of Supervision and Management .  Learn the secrets of what Human Resource  professionals do as they work with people by taking a class in Understanding Human Resource Function .

2.  Know what managers know. 

Take the time to know the law as it applies to the workplace.  Take a class on Employment Law Fundamentals  or read a book such as Employment Law in a Nutshell, Third Edition by Robert Covington.

3.   Meet corporate goals. 

Managers know about corporate goals and objectives and where they fit in.  They create value by making sure the team they manage meets or improves those corporate objectives. Start by asking your own manager about the goals your team and organization are working towards. Do your part to meet those corporate goals.  As you do so, you become a valuable asset to your organization! It may help to learn a few business fundamentals so that you are clear what makes a business success.  Read about business goals in a book such as  The Goal:  A Process of Ongoing Improvement   by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox or Hard Goals:  The Secret to Getting from Where you are to where you want to be by Mark Murphy.  Consider a course in Mastery of Business Fundamentals   or Business Finance for Non-Finance Personnel  or Creating a Successful Business Plan.

4. Have the people skills. 

Managers need strong organizational and people skills.  Make sure you have the skills you need. You could take a class to learn about the people part of management.  Take a class on Keys to Effective Communication or Achieving Success with Difficult People.  You can also hone up on your skills by reading a few books on communication.  Try The Art of Communicating  by Thich Nhat Hanh or Everyone Communicates, Few Connect:  What the most effective people do differently by John C. Maxwell.  Once you have learned some new skills be sure to take the time to practice each new skill.

5. Work Hard and Work Smart. 

Tune up your career. Take the time to work hard, but also work smart by focusing on what matter most in your organization.  Align your goals with corporate goals.  Create good working relationships with others.  Know what managers know and prepare yourself to move into a more senior position within your organization. You may want to read Working  Smart: A Blueprint for Success in the Corporate Workplace  by Dr. Addons Wu or Work Smarts: What CEOs Say you need to know to get ahead   by  Betty Liu. Be smart in the way you work.

These five things can help you step up your career.  You can learn to manage.  Learn about the laws that managers need to know.  You will know how to meet corporate goals.  You will have the people skills and know how to work hard and work smart.

Who Makes What: Minimum Wage up in 13 states

“The typical minimum wage earner is a provider and a breadwinner – most likely a woman –responsible for paying bills, running a household and raising children. How can we expect her to get by on a wage that, in real terms, isn’t worth as much as it was in the 1950s?

“The value of the minimum wage simply hasn’t kept up with the cost of living, including the essentials a family needs to survive: a gallon of milk, a gallon of gas, monthly rent, a pair of children’s shoes and more.

“Wages also haven’t kept up with workers’ output. Since 1979, productivity has increased more than 90 percent, but real average hourly earnings have gone up only 3.2 percent.”

Read the full article at: 3 Out of 4 Americans Agree: It’s Time to Raise the Wage

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