Working for the elderly is a rapidly developing new area of employment. Older people are quickly recognized as a national resource.
Are you retired? Then you are an accredited member of that large group of the world’s population that can find work for the elderly. You have earned entry to this elite group by successfully living over fifty years of your life.
Congratulate yourself; it is not a small thing! During this half century, he has developed his talents and abilities through effort and experience. From that moment on, you have reached the point where you are the sum of everything you have experienced.
You and all other seniors are now recognized as a true national senior resource and are therefore of immense value. I walked you down the garden path to get to this point and emphasize that your best years have not been left behind.
Those years stretch before your eyes!
Having said all this, you are now faced with the question, what kind of job do you want for yourself? A whole landscape of possibilities and possibilities opens up from here to the very horizon.
Unfortunately, too many older people immediately jump into the jobs that are offered to them. Perhaps a friend told you that a local business is looking for someone to do something. Or maybe they see a “Wanted” sign for an employee in a mall window.
This does not mean that you should ignore them as opportunities for seniors. This means that you should not underestimate yourself or your worth.
Take a blank sheet of paper and write the words “I want this job!” Now take your time and think carefully about the answers. You know your capabilities better than anyone.
These are some of the decisions you must make. What specific job do I want to do? What business do I want to work in? Name the separate company you want to work for. Explore further and see if you can find out the name of the owner or manager.
Define the hours and shift you want. Do you want to work full or part time? You’d be surprised how flexible employers can be in scheduling. Remember to write down your desired and expected salary. Make sure you understand how much and how often you will be paid.
After you’ve written exactly what kind of work you want in black and white, put the paper aside. Make a second list of specific companies you want to target by name. Help may not even be advertised, ignore it.
Many companies that don’t advertise their employees might consider doing this. When approaching them right now, you should have few to no competitors.
Typically, an older caregiver acts as a focal point between those seeking help and the agencies that provide it, and does not charge the family for counseling.
You know what kind of job you want, what business you want to work in, how many hours you want, and what salary you expect with persistence and confidence in the value you will bring to the employer.