If there is a shift going on in the job market today, it has a lot to do with the age of the American worker. A recent study shows "baby boomers" may work well into their late 70s. But even more interesting is the number of retirees who are finding themselves in need of employment again. If you are retired and considering re-entering the job market, there are a few important elements to consider.
First, consider your skill set. If, for example, you are an experienced sales rep, it is critical that you are aware of and proficient in the use of contemporary sales software. If you are still keeping all of your contacts listed in a Rolodex, you are missing out on some valuable tools that can help you advance your career. Become familiar with customer relationship management (CRM) software that helps salespeople manage contacts and prospects. If you are still using flip charts, learn how to use presentation software. If you are a public relations professional, familiarize yourself with social media and social networking sites, such as Facebook and LinkedIn. These may be good places for you to network with other industry professionals and to find out about job opportunities.
Next, be aware of the importance of both personal and industrial technology. Activities that you may have considered mostly for younger people may be important to your reentry into the workforce.