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Where to Find Jobs for the Over 60s

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How to Apply for Work if You are Over 60

When you get near your retirement age, you may want to keep working, but sometimes it's not that easy. Especially if you have been made redundant or are medically unfit for hard work. Don't despair; there are choices out there! You just have to know where to look.

Before we take a look at the options, what are the challenges for older people today who still want to work?

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Daily Express copyright

Office Employers Prefer the Young

As the old song goes. Over the hill and far away. Or in the case of being old, just over the hill. And yes, that's what most young people believe when you get past 50. All the jobs are taken, the work has dried up and no, they are not going to let you loose on a computer, it's for the young.

But speaking as an older woman, I know that's just not true. I, for one, have been working on a computer since I left school in 1976. Okay, it was a bit basic. And whatever we input into the computer, we had to 'verify'. But soon, the '80s arrived, and the modern PC appeared. And soon after that, 1993 and the Internet arrived.

But you just can't tell them that. The kids, I mean.

I have worked all those years in an office. Working my way up to under manager in some places and on the phone to garages working out recalls. So with all that under my belt, why can't I get back in an office?

Because offices love the young, that's why.

So what do I do now?

Bills Have to Be Paid

Of course, that doesn't happen in all offices. Most hospitals, doctors and civil service jobs do employ older people. The trouble starts when you live in a small town, and there are only a few of these jobs floating about.

I have worked in other jobs over the years too. Charity shops, record stores and so on. The trouble is, when you are middle-aged/elderly and want to work, it's not that easy to find something that won't tire you out or hurt you. I, for one, can't stand in a shop for too long as I have thyroid problems that totally wear me out if I stand.

Other people have medical problems too.

So what to do?

Now that the retirement age is 66/67 years old and rising, many people want and need to keep working. Retirement age may have gone up, but attitudes to older people working have stayed the same.

'You have done your three score years, so now sit down and knit a jumper,' so to speak, but no, that's not going to work these days.

So what jobs are there for older people, considering they still have bills to pay?

Age Diverse Employers

  • Cleaning: This is the main job I do at the moment. I clean houses. Not only is it relatively easy, but it also keeps me fit. And you can sit down if you need to have a rest in the middle of your work.
  • Charity shops: I applied to work in my local shop a few years ago, and there were many older people working there. The only trouble is that a lot of it is voluntary. This is great if you have enough money to live on but if not, always check before applying. There are lots of jobs that do pay you there; you just have to ask in the shop.
  • Lloyds bank: Has an 'Age Diversity' policy that employs older people. Which is great because most towns or cities have a bank. I am sure others do this too.
  • Elderly Homes: Homes for the elderly prefer to employ older people so that they have more in common with the residents. Whether you are a carer or cleaner, there are always plenty of homes crying out for helpers.
  • Look out for Disabled care homes, day meetings, etc. volunteers are always needed. And maybe even paid work.
  • Premier Inn, Butlins, Pontins, and all Holiday camping firms employ older people for various jobs.
  • Hospitals and Care Home Drivers: Elderly people will always need a driver to take them to hospitals and medical appointments. Many of these drivers are over 50. and let's face it, you can never have enough drivers.

As you can see, there are many jobs out there for the over '50s – '60s. Check online for 'Age Diversity' jobs in your area. I found plenty while researching this.

Older worker over 60/70

Older worker over 60/70

Do's and Don'ts of Applying for That Job

The trouble is, when you have worked most of your life and are now out of work, you need to 'get yourself out there' to find that perfect job.

But when was the last time you wrote a CV? Many older people haven't written one in many years. So you will need someone to help you write a new one or update the old.

Here are a few tips that you should check out before you apply for that job.

  • Create a Linkedin account on your PC. Unfortunately, most jobs these days have an online site to them, and many employers will be reluctant to take on someone who doesn't have an updated site of some sort or other. Linkedin is the most popular for a professional look.
  • Make sure you have an email address. Not only do you need it for signing onto other sites, but many employers will send their info through to your email.
  • Don't let any rejection letters put you off searching for your ideal job. It happens to all of us. Age is not an issue. There are usually so many candidates for every single job; it's just the luck of the draw. Keep trying.
  • Don't rely on the Internet to advertise jobs. Send out a few emails to local companies to see if they have vacancies.
  • Keep your CV short and straight to the point. You do not have to go into too much detail, just the firm, the title of the job, the years you worked and so on.
  • If you are going to phone an employer, practise your conversation skills before you phone. You need to sound professional. We all make the mistake of too many 'ers' and 'um's' on the phone. Think it through before you phone. It can make all the difference between getting the job or not.
  • Find out about the job you are applying for as much as possible. You don't want to be put on the spot by the obvious question, 'What is it about this job that makes you want to apply?'
  • And last but not least, Don't worry about the gaps in your CV. You know the type. 'I didn't work for three years, what shall I put there?' Many people extend their work info to cover it. Don't. It's an easy way to get caught out. Just be honest. 'I stayed home to look after the children,' or 'I felt like taking time out to travel.' And so on.

Go For It!

So the word is confidence. You have more experience than most now that you are older. Use it and make sure you get that dream job.

Good luck!

You got the job!

You got the job!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2019 Nell Rose


Nell Rose (author) from England on February 28, 2020:

Thanks Eddy!

Eiddwen from Wales on February 28, 2020:

Informative and useful and thanks for sharing Nell.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 02, 2019:

Thank you, Umesh.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 02, 2019:

Thanks Nithya, always good to see you.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 01, 2019:

Useful and good article. Thanks.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 30, 2019:

Great advice for applying for a job when you are over 60. Being honest in the CV is important, along with being confident, and of course, the makeover helps.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 24, 2019:

Thanks again Devika!

Devika Primic on November 24, 2019:

I like the ideas for jobs over 60s well informed and useful for most online jobs as well.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 07, 2019:

lol! thanks Eric, always good to see you.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 07, 2019:

Thanks Cynthia, glad you liked it.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 06, 2019:

This is fully fantastic. I think you most certainly helped my elder friends. I have a funny problem. They keep demanding that I go back to "work". I get it.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on October 06, 2019:

Very useful article with some excellent tips and encouragement to think positively about all the years of 'diverse' experiences most of us have under our belts. I have noticed that many of the younger service people in retail jobs... sales clerks, etc.-- are not very well trained or as willing to extend themselves with the grace and friendliness of the older generations. My children have also pointed out that our generation have been skills with English grammar and the like. Thank you for putting this together.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 05, 2019:

Thanks Lora, that's a great idea about giving lessons in your home. And the Freelance jobs too.

Lora Hollings on October 04, 2019:

Excellent article Nell! You give some really good suggestions on how to get a job for people who are seniors and want or need to work. Keeping ourselves busy with either a job or as a volunteer is such a good way to stay mentally fit. There are also free lance writing jobs available for those who enjoy writing. And if you can play an instrument, you can always give lessons in your home.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 04, 2019:

Thanks Lorna, yes that is so true.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 04, 2019:

Thanks Linda, yes I do have to balance it with writing too, cleaning is pretty hard going, but I do enjoy it.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 04, 2019:

That's amazing Peg! Good on your mom for doing that!

Lorna Lamon on October 04, 2019:

Such sound advice Neil and for those who enjoy working on the computer there are on-line jobs as well. I think working also stimulates the mind and as long as you are fit and healthy why not.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 03, 2019:

You've shared some good ideas, Nell. I'm glad you have a job that works well for you.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on October 03, 2019:

Forgot to mention that my mom got a job after she retired through a federal program here in the US that helps seniors. She worked for another 15 years before retiring again at 80 with a small pension from that job as a teacher's aide.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on October 03, 2019:

So many good points here for those of us who've been around for a while. We've still got lots to contribute to those willing to hire us. Thanks for this glimpse into the world of business.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 03, 2019:

Thank you Peggy, Doris, Flourish and Dora, yes it's something that affects us all. Over here over 60s tried to get their pension early, but were turned down!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 03, 2019:

Very helpful for the older folk who will still like to work. It's great to have somewhere to go one or two days a week.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 03, 2019:

These are good ideas for places for older people to look for work. If they are dog lovers they can also dog walk or dog sit in their own home. My daughter does that via an online pet sitter service that also offers house sitting.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on October 03, 2019:

Good advice, Nell. I would like to emphasize applying for local or state government jobs. They take age discrimination seriously, and most welcome older workers. I worked until 2 months before my 75th birthday; 30 years for the state legislature. But if I ever had to go back to work, I think I could get a job at a law firm fairly easily, or with my 20 years in broadcasting, writing commercials or doing voice overs for an ad agency. I despise secretarial, so I wouldn't even try there. There really are a lot of paying jobs we writers can get if one lives in a metro city. But I could never be a WalMart greeter like so many of my fellow Americans because I have a disabling spinal injury.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2019:

Many people are caught in that situation and they have to be flexible with regard to the types of jobs that are available to them. As many have already commented, staying active is key.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 03, 2019:

Thanks Ann, yes I mainly do it for other company, and to keep fit, it all helps. Thanks for reading.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 03, 2019:

LOL! Yes you would Bill!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 03, 2019:

Thanks Chitrangada, glad you liked it.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 03, 2019:

Sound advice here, Nell. It can be difficult but confidence is the key and that's what most older people have in spades because we've had experience.

I've done teaching and I've done secretarial so have quite a broad base of skills. I don't need to work now and I spend lots of time with family and friends but I think that, if I didn't know many people around me or didn't have much to fill my time, a job would be the ideal way of socialising and earning at the same time.

As Ruby says, staying active keeps us young so it's good to get out there and find something.


Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 03, 2019:

I'm afraid to apply for a job. I'd probably get hired. lol

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 02, 2019:

A very well written and informative article about jobs for the elderly people.

You are right that once we cross 60 years, or retire from our regular jobs, the opportunities for the jobs are quite limited. In any case, the living expenses still have to be managed. It’s good, if you are a pensioner. Otherwise, you have to still keep on working, though the jobs may be different from the ones, which the young people can get.

You have made some good suggestions. Thanks for sharing.

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 02, 2019:

Thanks so much Mary!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 02, 2019:

Thanks Pamela, I have just turned 60 so I still want to, lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on October 02, 2019:

Thanks Ruby, this started with a conversation with an older lady, and here we are! lol!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 02, 2019:

I found this article informative and entertaining. I worked as a R.N. until I was seventy, so I am ready to be lazy!, but if I was in my 60's I wouldn't think about retiring. Work is good for you, and it keeps you young. Great hub Nell.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 02, 2019:

Thus article is full of great advice for older people that want to work. I am greatful I do not work anymore.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 02, 2019:

There are times when I thought I should go back to work more for the discipline of getting up early and have something to go to. I think it is important for older people to have some form of engagement and being in a job provides that. These tips are helpful.