The Best Positions for Seniors Returning to the Workforce

Retirement doesn’t always mean you have to stop working. Many seniors, for instance, choose to retire from their full-time position and seek part-time work to supplement their income and stay busy. Keeping active by working part-time and socializing with others at your place of employment can keep your mind sharp and your body strong, potentially adding years to your life. And contrary to popular belief, seniors have many options when it comes to returning to the workforce. Here are just a few suggestions to help get you started on your job search.

Land an Insurance Gig 

Everyone needs insurance, whether it’s for a vehicle, home, life, or other reason. This means that there is always a need for good employees within the insurance sector due to the continuously high demand. For instance, you can sell life insurance specifically to families and educate them on how much coverage would be ideal for, say, their parents, should they decide to get a policy for them. You can remind your clients that having the right amount of life insurance will come in handy if the policyholder suddenly passes away and their loved ones need financial assistance to cover funeral expenses, leftover bills, etc.

When looking for a job within the insurance sector, it’s important to research different companies, such as Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company, to find out which one is the right fit for you. The website Indeed is a great place to start because it compiles a list of reviews from previous employees and facts about companies such as the average salary and number of employees. 

Consultant for Companies 

Businesses have an increasing demand for consultants who have decades of experience within a particular field. Many seniors fit this description and can charge high rates for their expertise. You might need to update your smartphone to stay connected with your clients. A reliable smartphone can organize your schedule, make it easier to multitask and last the entire day.

Participate in the Medical Field 

Another busy industry, the medical field has many options for seniors to pursue employment. Many positions do not require a degree and offer flexible schedules that allow seniors to enjoy their retirement while supplementing their income. For example, older individuals can land a job as a receptionist, medical records clerk, medical biller, patient care technician, and hospital food service worker without any prior experience. Working in the medical community is a great way to give back for those seniors who desire to find purpose-driven employment. 

Turn to Education Opportunities 

Many seniors are grandparents and often volunteer at the schools their grandchildren attend. As such, you can turn those volunteer opportunities into part-time employment by becoming an employee with the local school district. You don’t need to be a resident of the district to apply, so you can choose the location that’s most convenient for you. Schools are always looking for help in the cafeteria and classrooms, as well as janitorial and grounds maintenance. Being around children is an excellent way to add some fun to the retirement phase of their life.

Work with Animal Rescue 

What better way to spend your retirement than by cuddling precious animals each day? Rescue organizations like the Humane Society are always looking for help because there are so many animals in need of special care and attention. Whether it be transporting animals to a new location, working at a shelter, or fostering animals until they are adopted, there are several options for seniors seeking employment within this field.

There are still plenty of opportunities for seniors looking to return to the workforce after retirement. Retirement doesn’t mean you have to stop working altogether. Staying busy by working a part-time job will keep you active and give you something to occupy your time. This is your chance to have the job you’ve always dreamed about, so choose wisely.

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9 Interview Questions to Ask Potential Employees

9 Revealing Interview Questions to Ask Potential Employees

When you become a leader you have to make a ton of GIANT decisions, whether as an employee who recently got promoted, or an entrepreneur with a business that’s now large enough for you to hire an employee or two. Hiring decisions are probably the most important ones!

Note that being the interviewer is a huge change from being the interviewee.

Pro Tip: Don’t ask unto others the same interview questions that were asked unto you! (That’s why you’re here!)

Or, maybe you’re a seasoned interview pro and you’re here looking for some new interview questions to ask potential employees during your interviews.

I think you’ll agree with me when I say that hiring is one of the most important parts of running a successful business, and knowing what questions to ask is the framework that leads to great hiring decisions.

I’ve got a few of great tactics here, my coaching on the ritual of hiring, and of course my 9 in depth questions to ask potential employees.

It’s Tactics vs Ritual (and Ritual ALWAYS Wins)

So what’s the difference between the two? And what are they?

Tactic – An action that you can take that will help you in an area. It’s actionable.

Ritual – A firm belief in the overall topic. Philosophical. The part of “the thing” that has passion attached to it.

So why does Ritual ALWAYS win?

Because, if you don’t have a method, an opinion, and a default attack plan then you have no where to stick these great tactics that you read about. Ritual is like “your style” of doing something.

Let me say it a bit differently…

If I list out 10 great interviewing tactics (Which I do in this post: 10 Steps to Better Hiring and Interviewing | Win the War for Talent), but you’ve never done an interview and have no idea how the flow of an interview generally goes, you can’t use any of those tactics because you have no framework to add the tactic to.

How do you build your ritual?

Good freaking question!!! Read this whole post, and then go do interviews. Lots of them. As you do, you will build your belief system on how to pull the answers out of people as you ask the questions.

So before I get to my 9 awesome questions to ask potential employees, I’ve got…

A Few Ritual Primers For You

This is so you can start to build up your style of interviewing and form that ever important ritual.

  1. Be yourself. The applicant needs to want the job, and when you are yourself it will translate into an ease and confidence in how you come off to others.
  2. Know the Core Values of the company and make sure that the applicant aligns to that. This could be a 2000 word article in-and-of itself, so I’ll just leave it open and link to an old piece that I wrote on Core Values . I also reference it in the 10 Steps to Better Hiring and Interviewing. It’s steps #3 and #2.
  3. Don’t be nervous! You are in control, so you shouldn’t be nervous. You might be when you start, but know that they are the ones under the light, and you are running the show.
  4. Interview them using your personality. Don’t try to be some hardass when you’re a sweetheart. I know this is practically the same as #1, BUT, it’s that important.

All right…Let’s get to the thing that you came here for!


Interview Questions to Ask Potential Employees

Obviously you need to shake their hand, and go through introductions. Then you get to…

The best way to start an interview is with a question that let’s them talk about whatever they want to talk about. One of my Core Values is to always have fun, so I phrase my first question like this:

Give me your 2-minute commercial about yourself.

That will get them talking, and more importantly get you listening. You’re not allowed to interact with commercials after all!


You want to know what motivates the applicant. What they’re passionate about, what drives them and whether to not you want that motivation, or lack-there-or- as part of your team.

What’s the proudest moment of your career?

The “career” part is important so it keeps them focused on talking about things that they did at work.


You also want to know what the person values in life. So the next question is….

What’s the proudest moment in life?

You’re going to get a very wide array of answers here, but it will give you an idea of who they really are, and will start to let you in on some details that are extremely important, but often not talked about in interviews (children, hobbies etc).


Here is my favorite question! This is where you find out how self aware the person is, how open they are, and if they will admit to mistakes and learn from them.

Tell me about a time where you were disappointed in your effort. How did you grow from it?

This is when you need to really use your listening skills, and the power of silence. A vast majority of applicants will struggle with this question at first, but as you stay quiet and force them them to tell the story, you’ll really get to see what level of commitment the have to learning.


I like to know about the applicants “hero”. The person that taught them everything they know, and helped shape their life.

Who is a person that has mentored you? What did you take from them, and how do you live that lesson forward?

The reason I like this is because when you know that someone invested in them, they will usually want to pay that forward. By asking about this in the interview you also send the message to them that it’s going to be important to you.


When you’re building a team, you can add size by adding followers, or you can multiply effectiveness by adding leaders. I prefer the latter!

Who is a person that you’ve mentored to be a success. Why did you pick them and how did you help them grow?

Leadership is ultra important, and it’s not that you need to hire all leaders, but like the last question, you need to send the message that you expect leadership.


This another leadership based question, but more geared towards interacting with the team.

Tell me a story when you rallied the team through a tough time or a lull in productivity.

You’ll know if they can spot tough times or drops in productivity. You’ll know if they give a rip when things grind to a halt, and if they can put on the captains arm band and lead from on the field.


Another leadership type question here, more geared to seeing how they interact with others.

Tell me about a conflict that you resolved between co-workers, possibly you and another person, and how did you do it?

In times of conflict emotion runs high and people’s true colors come through a bit. Very often when reliving it the same will happen and they will come out of “interview mode” and you’ll get a good glimpse at their true personality.


Having a teammate that will push hard to win is so valuable. You don’t need every teammate to have that love of the grind, but you need plenty of them!

What’s the longest hours you had to put in or a time where you were on a very tight deadline?

What to listen for here is…How important is it for them to win?



Here’s the question that I wrap my interviews with:
Did they do any research? Did they listen to the whole interview? Is the only thing on their mind the pay rate? Here’s how you answer those questions

OK, your turn to interview me! What do you want to know?

The trick to this question is that you need to ask it in a way that makes them comfortable to ask their questions. You can actually tell them that you’re going to ask this at the beginning of the interview to get them ready for it.

Hiring someone is a huge step and shouldn’t be taken lightly. I hope you’re able to use some of these questions to identify the teammate that you hire on.


7 Secrets to Get Yourself a Job Interview TOMORROW

7 Secrets To Get a Job Interview Tomorrow

7 Secrets to Get You a Job Interview Tomorrow

So you want to know how to get a job interview, easy? If you’re feeling stuck and unable to get your shot, then I’m glad you’re here! These 7 secrets focus on creating positive interaction with the hiring manager so we can get you sitting down for an interview, and you’ll get your shot at landing that new career you’ve been working for.

1. Put in the Application
That may sound silly, but there’s some of you reading this that haven’t even applied for the job you want yet. GO DO IT. The application just get’s your name in the system. Don’t worry about what is, or isn’t on your resumé. It’s not that important. Just get your name in there!

2. Follow up in person
So if the application gets your name in the system, then you have to take action once it’s in there. Don’t call them, go in person and ask for the hiring manager. This way they get to see you, hear you, and that gives you the chance you need. The chance to make an impression!

3. Dress appropriately
I’m going to share with you what I call The Pocket Square Theory.

When a guy shows up dressed so nice that his pocket square matches his shoes, something’s up.

Here’s why, if he puts THAT MUCH effort into what he wore to the interview, he’s hiding something, overcompensating, or both. So how do you know what to wear? Try to slightly out dress the person interviewing you. For example, if it’s a construction job, and the foreman is going to be in a polo, jeans and work boots, then you should wear a polo, jeans, and dress shoes.

Click here for my Printable Cheat Sheet for the 7 Secrets!

4. Be confident
It’s a mindset, and it’s one you can hack. Think like this:

You are going to get hired, and you know it, and you’re excited about it.

That last part about being excited is important because it keeps you from appearing arrogant. Now say it out loud, do it again, do it again. Repeat it in your mind. Make it the future that you see, and feel. “I’m going to get hired, and I know it, and I’m excited about it.”

5. Be direct
Being direct communicates that you’re assertive by nature, and thus will be an employee that takes action on your own. That’s an attractive quality, because boss’s don’t want to have to babysit you. So, how do you be direct?

1.Smile big, smile a lot.
2. When the hiring manager comes out, don’t stand still, walk towards them just a bit.
3. When you shake hands, lean forward slightly, still smiling.
4. Your handshake should be firm, but slightly less firm than the hiring MG.
5. Introduce yourself and hold the handshake for 2 seconds too long.
Practice this with a friend before you go in.

6. Assume the Interview
After you exchange names, have a strong line ready that assumes you’re going to get the interview. Again, do it confidently, but not arrogantly.
Don’t say “what time is my interview?”
Do say “I’m excited for the opportunity to sit down with you.” And remember, SMILE!

7. Know your schedule, be flexible
When they set up the interview, it’s going to be within the next 7 days. You need to know exactly what’s going on in your life so you can know what your availability is. Also, be flexible, so if they set up the interview for a time when you have something else going on, tell them you’re available, and then reschedule your prior engagement. What’s more important, you finally getting the job you want, or that thing that was already on your schedule?

Now go get that job interview!

The only thing left is for you to take the action! Get out there, and be yourself, confidently. You’re going to get the interview, and you’re going to get your shot! 🙂

For the many of you that have a job already, and are looking to upgrade, I’d like to suggest an article I wrote about taking the job you already have and crafting it onto your dream job! Clink the link below.

Click to read my article on how to turn your JOB into a CALLING