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Senior Training Business Idea

With an aging demographic, as a senior training specialist you can help your clients find second and even third careers.

If you’re considering starting a consulting business, this is one with tremendous opportunity.

Although many people begin to retire at the age of 62, they are still looking for interesting work, either because they need the monetary supplement or because for their own personal satisfaction.

What a Senior Training Specialist Does

As a senior training specialist, you will work with people to find so called “senior jobs.” These are jobs that can use the wealth of knowledge and experience retirees may have. They may be special projects, coordinator or management positions. They may also be short or long term.

When you are a training specialist, you will also work with companies to help them determine what retirement jobs the companies have. Because the idea of retirees returning to work is still relatively new, companies may need some cultivating to think of retirees as viable employees.

Also, consider that some seniors may not have the stamina or desire for a full time job. Part time or flexible positions may meet the needs of many workers.

Job search boards like Seniors4hire.org or Snagajob.com are useful resources for both companies and individuals who are looking for careers after retirement.

In addition to matching seniors with jobs, you may provide additional support. You might help your clients gain skills that will help them advance. Senior services such as computer skills and other technology training would be useful.

While many people may be computer savvy, others may never have used the computer, surfed the Web, watched Youtube or used itunes. Providing training for today’s technology can help your client’s feel more capable in their new work setting.

You could also help them network with other “seasoned” professionals by hosting coffee meetings or after work gatherings.

How To Become a Senior Training Specialist

A background in human resources or recruiting is helpful, but a more important requirement is having a passion for matchmaking and an ability to listen carefully to the needs of your clients. You may actually end up with two types of clients: the individuals you are trying to place, and the companies that are seeking employees.

You could start by contacting companies in your area, selling the idea of senior jobs, finding out their needs, and then begin recruiting through job boards for employees. The AARP and local volunteer agencies could also be a resource for finding active seniors.

Get publicity for your endeavors. Send announcements to your newspaper’s business section whenever a senior is hired for an executive position.

Another way to gain exposure is to provide classes or seminars to provide information and assistance on senior issues. A two-hour seminar on hot jobs for seniors, or the impact of income on social security benefits could give you additional credibility and resources.

With research, planning and creativity, you can make your mark by starting a business as a senior training specialist.

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