How Seniors Can Choose the Best Part-Time Job When You’re Ready to Reenter the Workforce
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Did you spend years dreaming of retirement… only to get there and realize you miss having a job? For previous generations, retirement was considered the end of your working years, but today’s seniors are redefining what it means to live life to the fullest in retirement. In some cases, the need to earn extra money drives retirees to work, while for others, it’s the desire to find a meaningful pursuit or meet other people. Whatever it is that’s driving you to look for work, start your search by asking yourself these questions, provided courtesy of HR Consulting Services. There are limitless opportunities out there (you can even create your own!).

Where do you want to work?

We don’t mean where in terms of specific jobs, but instead, ask yourself the type of work setting you want. Do you want to be in an office that’s fast-paced and exciting, or maybe somewhere low-key and chill? Maybe you love art and would enjoy working in a local museum, or if you love the outdoors, spending your time as a trail guide might be fun. 

On the other hand, you may be ready to spend some time at home after years of going into work. When you first started your career, working from home wasn’t nearly as popular or as feasible as it is today. Now you can find remote work opportunities in all kinds of fields, whether you want a role that was traditionally office-bound, such as sales, marketing, or customer service, or you want to branch out on your own in a freelance role like writing. Most remote positions offer flexible hours, and you get to do something you enjoy from the comfort of home. Best of all, these jobs are easy to find with online job boards, plus most of these search sites also have their own app that you can use from a mobile device.

How important is pay?

Wanting to be compensated fairly for your time is a given, but it’s a simple fact that some jobs pay better than others. The question is – how much weight do you give to the pay compared to other factors like how enjoyable and rewarding a job is? If you’re looking for work because your budget is tight, finding a job that offers higher pay may be a top priority. However, you may be ready for a job that’s less demanding or that involves service, which may not pay as well as other opportunities. 

Pay certainly isn’t the only factor involved, but it’s worth knowing what to expect when you start your job search. Some of the best-paying jobs for seniors are often found in professional arenas, such as being an adjunct professor or a consultant in your field. If you have something else in mind, check out AARP’s top jobs for retirees, which are broken down by average salary.

What skills can you offer?

If you aren’t sure where to start with your job search, think about the skills you have from your career – or even skills you gained while raising children or volunteering. You can often turn those skills into an opportunity that’s similar to your previous job but that’s also more flexible. For example, someone who is good with numbers could become a bookkeeper or tax preparer. If you retired from education, you could be a tutor or a substitute teacher. 

Are you willing to learn a new skill?

Relying on the skills you have is an obvious choice, but what if you want to give something different a try? If you’re willing to learn new skills, there’s no time like the present to start gaining the knowledge you need for a second career. You can boost your skills with continuing education courses, online classes, and certification programs. Many community colleges and public libraries also offer coursework and classes that will help you prepare for a new job.

Do you want to travel?

If you dream of spending retirement as a jet-setter, there’s no better way to fund your travels than to find travel-related work. One option is to use the talents you already have while looking for opportunities abroad. For example, if you have experience working with children, you can find jobs in other countries as a nanny or teaching English as a second language.

Another option is to get into the travel industry. These opportunities can include everything from traditional jobs, such as being a travel agent, to more creative roles like becoming a travel blogger. Many seniors also get jobs working for cruise lines, resorts, or campgrounds. If there’s a locale where you would love to be, chances are there’s an opportunity to live and work there.

Is starting your own business the right move?

More and more retirees are enjoying the benefits of launching their own small businesses. And the perks are pretty compelling. You get to set your schedule, be your own boss, use skills you’ve built up, and do something you really enjoy. There are definitely a lot of pros to starting a business, but there are also some drawbacks. 

You’ll need to have a worthwhile service or product that customers want that can pay the bills. You’ll also need to create a solid business plan, and prepare for potentially high startup costs, as well as steel yourself for long days. This is only the tip of the iceberg. There’s also a possible learning curve that can elicit all kinds of questions like “What is payroll?”, “Do I need an accountant?”, “What type of compliance laws do I need to understand?” It’s a lot. However, if you have the means and the energy, this could be a great way to generate income in retirement. 

The bottom line is that, whatever you choose, this next job should be one you’re excited to go to. That may mean working from your home office… or traveling halfway around the world. The choice is yours – and the options are endless.

Written by guest blogger, Sharon Wagner

Managing Remote Employees

Over the past year, many workplace related things have changed. Due to changes in corporate policies, and technologies, remote work has been an option for many employees. The COVID-19 pandemic encouraged the move to remote workers, but it is a trend that will likely continue after the pandemic. 

Managing employees from a far can be stressful for employers. Check out these steps on how to manage remote employees effectively. 

  1. Set immediate and clear expectations

Making sure your remote employees know exactly what their expectations are is important when they are working in a remote setting. Employers should provide details about timing and responsiveness. 

2. Document your communication strategy

Documenting your communication with remote employees is vital so employees have something to reference. Since they aren’t in office with coworkers, it would be easiest for them to refer to documents. 

3. Engage as often as possible

Engaging directly with remote employees can help with workplace communication and overall effectiveness. Making time to reach out to remote employees helps the company culture and helps remote employees with their daily workload and understanding. 

4. Schedule regular meetings

Regardless of the setting of your workplace, it is essential to plan regular meetings to help build teammate bonds. 

5. Create an “open door” policy

Remote employees shouldn’t feel like they cant contact their coworkers because they aren’t in the same environment.

If your organization needs help with managing remote employees let us know. AZ HR Hub is your #HRPartner, so you can focus on business! 

Recruiting Trends in 2021

Recruiting practices have changed so much in the past year – 2020 taught us to be prepared for anything and everything. From a global pandemic to racial justice movements, a progression that should’ve happened over a span of years instead happened over a few months. Employers and employees have always been on their toes, never knowing the next step. 

Now that we are a few weeks into 2021, we can start thinking about some recruiting trends that will help shape our workforce. To help you prepare for recruiting in 2021, we have put together some predictions for the upcoming year. Follow along to see how we think 2021 will pan out. 

  1. Remote Interviews

Remote interviewing changed the landscape of recruiting in 2020, it was such a hit for so many people, it will more than likely carry over into 2021. This trend was definitely brought on by the global pandemic but many people have adapted to it and learned to love it, so don’t be surprised if it is the go-to in 2021.  

2. Remote Work is Here to Stay 

When remote work was initially brought into the picture, many employers and employees were skeptical about it. Managing employees from a distance seemed to be scary, but once the pandemic hit, remote work was a must if you wanted to keep your organization running. Remote work has become the new norm, and many employers and employees prefer it over working in-office. 

3. Employee Experience

The COVID-19 pandemic brought so many obstacles into the workplace that ended up negatively affecting employee experience. With the new way of life, employers realized the importance of making sure their employees were taken care of – at work and at home. Supporting employees will always be a trend moving forward, making sure they are working in the best environment possible is how to keep everyone happy. 

Recruiting will continue to be changing and advancing, so we must stay on top of the current trends so we can continue to create better practices. AZ HR Hub can help your organization recruit the best candidates possible. We know the ins and outs of recruiting and we want to help you – we’re your #HRPartner, so you can focus on business! 

Blockchain Will Become a Necessity for HR

We are already living in a digital age but soon a wave of technological disruptions will change the current HR scenario. While AI is already making it big, Blockchain will revolutionise the way data is shared. Apart from this, the most uplifting part of Union Budget 2018 is the fact that AI and Blockchain became buzzwords not only within the technology community but also the wider world and common man. The words which were only used by some communities, these days they are known by all.

What is Blockchain?

Blockchain can be seen as a transparent and secure transaction ledger where transactions are both recorded and confirmed. All participating parties in a distributed network can share access to this continuously growing database to address their needs for information. Users in the network can contribute to the database by adding new transactions (or blocks) to the ledger stream. And, more importantly, every transaction across the network is recorded and stored without the ability to alter it, whether intentionallyor accidentally. This level of security in technology creates a beautiful new reality for a decentralized trusted information source in a landscape of broken global trust.

More than 40 leading financial firms and a growing number of companies across industries are already using Blockchain, according to The Wall Street Journal.

While there are numerous reasons that Blockchain is a game changer, here are few which will change Human Resource industry:

  • Blockchain will be very helpful in verifying and assessing the educational credentials, skills and performance of potential recruits – enabling those recruits to be allocated to the most appropriate roles, thereby reducing the amount of time recruiters spend cross checking and verifying information
  • Blockchain has always been seen as a quicker cross-border payment option. It is very efficient in  cross-border payments, including international expenses and tax liabilities, with the potential for organizations to create their own corporate currencies.
  • Blockchain can trigger an increase in wages. Also, when an employee becomes eligible for health coverage, they could be used to initiate the benefit; when a probationary period is satisfied.
  • For international employees, Blockchain can process payroll faster and less expensively, skirting international currency trade fees. By cutting out the intermediary, payments could come within hours rather than days.
  • Blockchain also increases productivity, by automating and reducing the burden of routine on the employees, data-heavy processes like VAT administration and payroll.
  • It enhances fraud prevention and cyber security in HR, including both employees and contractors.
  • For aspirants/ candidates, Blockchain will act as a concept of “self-sovereign identity.” They will be able to store their identity data on their personal devices and share it with those who need to validate it. Through this technology, individuals will be able to have complete control over the data of their lives, providing access keys when they apply for jobs. They could include degrees, certifications, courses taken, grades, employment history, salary and more.

Finally, we can say that technology has surely come a long way and the journey of Blockchain has just begun. The relevance of blockchain will soon be required knowledge for all job seekers, regardless of industry or position. Knowing where to fill the gaps of knowledge is one area where a certified career coach, such as those offered by outplacement and career transition service providers, can help job seekers ensure they are the most qualified candidate for any new role.

For the HR professional, knowing how blockchain can be used to streamline processes, create higher levels of security, and innovate processes will ensure future personal success and further position you as a strategic partner in your organization.

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