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How to Write a Back to Work From Retirement Resume

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We all dream of a happy and comfortable retirement, but many retirees find that they are bored and miss the day-to-day interaction with colleagues and coworkers. Still others find that their retirement funds do not stretch as far as they had hoped, and they re-enter the workforce out of economic necessity. But no matter what your reason for going back to work, you need to create a compelling resume that plays up your experience, your reliability and your skills.

Make a list of your interests and your skills, and think about how they translate to the workforce. For instance, if you enjoy helping other seniors with their computer problems, you might be able to use those skills as a computer technician or help desk representative.

Start your resume with your name and complete contact information. Include your full name, address, telephone number and email address. Include your cell phone number if you wish. The key is to make sure potential employers will be able to reach you quickly and easily.

List your contemporary computer and technical skills in the objective portion of your resume, especially if it has been a long time since your last paid job. If you fail to tout your technical skills, potential employers might assume you lack the computer savvy needed in the modern workforce. You can write something like "Seeking an opportunity to use my Microsoft Office and technical writing skills." in your resume objective. This lets potential employees know right away that you have been keeping up with changes in technology.

Show your most recent experience first in the employment section of your resume. If you have been working as a volunteer or freelancer since retiring, list that experience first, before your last paid job or formal career. It is important for potential employers to see your most current experience.

List any training or classes you have attended since going into retirement. Include enrichment classes, computer courses and other training that would be relevant to the job.

Contact people within your professional network and ask if you can list them as a reference. Reach out to former coworkers and colleagues when building your reference list. Place those references at the end of your resume, and be sure you include complete contact information for each reference.

About the Author

Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.

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