Jobs and Services
Virtual assistants are online helpers who work from home or through outsourcing firms. A virtual assistant is a real person who can be located anywhere. The services they provide range from professional administrative, technical, personal, or creative assistance.
If you are semi retired with suitable skills you may be able to make money working from home. Rates range from about $5 per hour to $50 per hour.
Aging in Place
If you are a senior who needs help… More
Jobs and Services
Seeking Out Fresh Experiences
Thirty days after moving to Ann Arbor from Dallas we have taken advantage of very few of the delightful and unique opportunities offered in our new town. We did manage to catch a movie at the Michigan Theater. Otherwise, most of our time has been spent completing renovations, unpacking boxes, hanging pictures, making trips to Lowe’s, paying bills, and getting to know our neighbors.
There were at least a dozen events I wanted to attend… More
Resource for Graying Job Hunters
ElderAuthority has published over 50 articles about the necessity for those of us who are middle-aged and older to create our own jobs. Because of dreadful job market, everyone has trouble getting work, but older people have special challenges. Check out some of the following posts:
Senior Jobs: Look at Fastest Growing Professions
Looking for a Job
Healthy Aging: Keep Working, Learning, and Growing
Planning the Next Phase of Your Work… More
Barter–Old and New
Barter is the exchange of goods or services without using cash. This is a very old way of doing business. It is another form of currency in today’s marketplace. It can help boost revenue, preserve cash flow, redirect excess inventory, and provide access to new markets.
Bartering becomes more common when money, credit, and jobs are tight. Direct trades between people and businesses can be made privately or through organized exchanges. … More
Find a Need and Fill It
Financial markets are tanking and job numbers get worse. Most of us can do little to impact this situation. We can only manage our own lives as best we can with the talent and tools each of us can access.
There is much uncertainty about work. We are in a macroeconomic transition and won’t know what we are transitioning to (good or bad) until we get there and can look back. While it is not clear when or if jobs will return, there are always unmet needs.… More
I am encouraged about jobs for aging baby boomers and seniors. Recent articles online and in the newspaper have touted positions that would not have been possible even a few years ago. None of them require heavy labor, and you can work from a home base with all of them.
The internet and cloud computing is creating new opportunities for old style work as well as new positions. The positions I highlight in this article are interesting because they offer work for people… More
For those in the Plus-50 set who are looking for work, or thinking about a job change, here are some tips just for you.
DUST OFF THAT RESUME
Most larger employers now use scanning software to search resumes for key words that link back to their specific hiring needs. For example, if a company is hiring for customer service workers, their software will scan for “customer service”, and reject all the others regardless of experience. Make alterations of your resumes so… More
JOB HUNTING IN A CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT
If you are looking for a job, whether you are a twenty-something just out of school, an artisan, or a senior citizen beginning an encore career, look for the industries and companies that seek workers. You may need some retraining, but it may not take nearly as long as you think to move in a new direction.
Start by looking for employer sponsored training programs at community colleges.
DON’T FOLLOW THE CROWD
If you already have the… More
LEARN FROM THE PAST
Showing us once again that some of the best ideas for our current challenging economic times may come from those who have lived through them before, 91 year old Lillian Brownstein Chodash, in a recent Wall Street Journal article, offers a still valid job hunting tip from 1938.
Finding herself still unemployed after 15 months of job hunting in the New York City area, she went door to door in a tall, Jersey City office building knocking on doors and inquiring about… More
ITS NEVER TOO LATE
While you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to repair antique clocks, Michael Brewer, age 80, of Carrollton, Texas, proves that it doesn’t hurt to be one. Working seven days a week in his garage workshop, Mr. Brewer gives us another great example of figuring out a way to get paid during retirement years by doing something we enjoy as a hobby.
He started out repairing clocks that his wife had purchased for her antique shop. At that time, he was still employed… More