Applying For an Encore Job

There comes a time in a person’s life when he is finished with the primary career that he has already decided on. He or she moves on to the next phase of his or her career and that is called the "encore job".

When people retire from their first job, they would normally look for another job but most of the people are quite unsure and afraid about this particular phase in their lives. There are millions upon millions of pre-retirees who need to answer the question "Is there hope for me to find a job out there after I retire?" There is a need for some people to still work-to find meaning for their lives.

According to Marc Freedman who is the founder of Civic Ventures, the life that follows after one retires is not a walk in the park at all. They need to battle against so many factors such as age discrimination and jobs which are not flexible at all-even in the nonprofit or public sectors.

Furthermore, continuing education is needed when someone is entering a field that he has no experience with so expenses regarding further education or retraining is a factor when it comes to this particular issue.

Experts say that the best way to find an "encore" job is to ask yourself some basic questions as well as observe the community you are in. You might want to ask the following questions for you to get a feel of what it is going to be like for you.

1. How would you like to spend the next five or 10 or 20 years?

2. How much income do you need to earn?

3. Are you willing and able to go back to school or get other training?

4. What community or national or global problems motivate you to act?

5. Do you want to stay in the same field or explore something new?

6. Do you want to start your own organization or work for an existing one?

Marc Freedman mention that pre-retirees must carefully consider whether they desire to be a "career recycler", "career changer" or "career maker". Moreover, Freedman mentions that pre-retirees must be able to think long and hard about their own reasons for taking such a job or for making such a decision and knowing what it is that really makes them happy.

Emphasize your good traits. You should be able to give them something tangible, something dependable that they can hold onto such as your good judgment, your reliability, problem-solving ability, ability to navigate a crisis, experience in negotiating compromise, ability to listen, unique ability to predict cost-benefit trade-offs, comfort level working with all types of personalities, great sense of responsibility, established identity, and sense of purpose when pursuing this particular job," are just some of the abilities that you can highlight whenever you are gunning for a position in an encore job.

If you are simply able to have the company focus on what you can offer them, then you have a good chance of landing that encore job.


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