Is part-time retirement right for you?

By now, it’s a familiar refrain: more Boomers and seniors are having financial difficulties, and as a result, are scaling back their retirement plans and are working longer to help pay the bills.

And while there are many seniors who have decided to work longer and delay retirement, while most still have opted for retirement as early as possible, a third group is now emerging: those who look to retire early, but occasionally return to work. These people are part-time retirees.

Seven job-hunting tips for older workers

If you listen to the experts, North America is facing a dire labour shortage.

“There are now more people retiring out of the workforce than there are younger workers entering it,” says Sarah Welstead of Retired Worker, a website for retired people who want to work on a part-time or contract basis. “Employers who used to resist hiring older workers are now realizing that they represent a great source of highly skilled, experienced and flexible employees that they simply can’t afford to overlook any more.”