"Employers have hiring freezes and have projects that need to be done" says Art Koff, founder of RetiredBrains.com. Older workers who don't need benefits can save the company money. Although full-time job postings have declined on Koff's Web site, project job postings have increased over the past year.
Start a new business is not for everyone, especially later in life. “My experience and research has shown that many seniors invest money in businesses in which they have little knowledge of experience,” said Art Koff, who started RetiredBrains.com, an information clearing house and job board for older boomers and seniors in 2003. “They often find they have seriously underestimated the amount necessary and have to invest more than they intended or can afford.”
“Many employers are finding that hiring older workers provides them with a number of benefits both financially and in terms of productivity” said Arthur Koff, Chicago based founder of RetiredBrains.com. “The work ethic of older workers is often what sets them apart from their younger counterparts.”
Unlike RetiredBrains, many other sites for older workers so far offer only career information and other content rather than direct access to job openings. But a few have bigger ambitions.
RetiredBrains.com posts thousands of jobs across the U.S., as well as links and contact information for seniors interested in volunteering with nonprofits. The site offers other resources including resume-writing help and information on continuing education. Managers and professionals who have retired are mostly looking for part-time or temporary jobs and these are exactly the kinds of assignments that companies are looking for seniors to fill.