A number of seniors are seeking employment now, either due to present financial needs or because they are bored with retirement and want something that makes them feel vital, useful and involved. 1 in 3 seniors age 65 or more in the U.S. is working in one capacity or another.
Back in the day, 65-years-old was when folks in Vegas got out of the rat race and went on to live the remainder of their days in happy leisure, hitting the bingo halls and going to cheap buffets. This is the time of the aging Baby Boomers, though, and they have quite another concept about how to live out their senior years.
It is no longer as inexpensive as it used to be to live in Las Vegas and a lot of people nowadays are without health insurance, so, if you are a senior, it may actually be a wise thing to think about supplementing your pension and social security benefits.
Getting a “temp” job is a wonderful consideration for those who don’t want full-time positions, as every city has staffing agencies that find temporary employees for area businesses . There are diverse job opportunities in such fields as clerical and administrative work, sales, healthcare, accounting, warehousing and the like. You could work anywhere from a few days to several months. Pay is based upon the individual business or company you will be working for.
The more things you have skills in and the more flexible your schedule is, the more often you are likely to get work. It’s especially important for you to be proficient at computer and typing skills if you want to do office work.
Las Vegas has a number of temp agencies. Some of them you may want to try include:Apple One Employment Service, Kelly Services, Manpower, Inc., United Temps and many more. You can actually sign up online for some of these, as well as provide your resume.
Why not make use of your past experience? Offer your services to local businesses who may need your expertise in your former industry field. This will allow you to work independently as your own “boss” and set your own fee. You need to be extremely knowledgeable in the field you represent and be skilled at communicating to others. Getting good references is also a plus. Being able to market yourself is pivotal to being successful in a consulting business.
Since you are doing business-to-business type wrk, the state will probably require you to get a business license, which is easy to do in the state of Nevada. To find out how to apply for a Nevada business license, go to the website for the Nevada Secretary of State: Business Centerfor more information on forms, fees and more required to set up a business in this state.
Being a caretaker/ companion for disabled individuals or elderly people who have mobility limitations could be rewarding, as well as providing you with extra income. Your duties would probably include light housekeeping, running errands, cooking and just generally being company for someone who is lonely.
Since you would be responsible for the care of someone else, you need to be physically able to handle the tasks required and you definitely need to be a person who is patient and caring. Whether you are paid hourly or at a set fee depends upon who hires you. There may be some situations where a live-in caretaker/ companion is needed and this would be perfect, if you are alone, since live-in caretakers/ companions are generally paid a salary and also, in many cases, receive free room and board.
Jobs like this are usually listed in newspaper classifieds, such as found in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. For your own safety, make sure you get a background on the person or family contracting your services before you commit yourself.
If you love working with kids, you might try applying to be a monitor for the Safekey Program, which is a before-and-after-school program sponsored by Clark County for kids in grades K-5. There is a Safekey Program at individual elementary schools. Many people apply to get work there, but there is a lot of competition, so they usually will put your initial status as “substitute,” meaning that when a monitor regularly assigned to a specific Safekey Program is absent, you take that person’s place for the morning or afternoon he or she is not there. Your duties may include watching the children, passing out snacks or other materials, monitoring them on the playground, etc. You need to be flexible and make yourself available, in the event an assignment comes up. If you are diligent and do a good job as a “sub”, you may be eventually considered in the future to work fulltime for the Safekey Program.
For more information, call the Safekey office at 229-2526 to see if there are any openings and to find out what their current hourly pay rate is.