If you’re looking for a job, you may already know about the popular employment websites such as Indeed, Monster, and ZipRecruiter. But in addition to those options for all age groups, there are several websites designed specifically to help people age 50 and older find positions.
By posting their job openings on these websites, employers make it clear that they are open to hiring experienced workers. Some of these sites also offer articles and tip sheets on subjects such as how to prepare for — and find — work-from-home jobs or how to get additional job training.
If you’re an experienced worker, the following nine websites (listed alphabetically) can help you find a position that fits your abilities and meets your needs.
In addition to connecting you with thousands of job opportunities across the nation, the AARP Job Board offers several features that can assist you in finding your best job match. For example, the Veterans Wanted job filter can help you find companies that value the specific skills that former members of the military can bring to the civilian workplace. The Employer Pledge Company filter can help you identify jobs with companies that have signed an agreement to take steps to make sure their staffs are age-diverse.
The Part-Time Work Connector also is notable. This filter helps experienced professional workers find contract work, freelance assignments and other flexible employment opportunities.
Cost: Ranges from $9.95 per week to $69.95 per year
While this website isn’t exclusively for older adults, it does focus on job openings that allow for flexible schedules and remote work, two qualities that are very popular among older job seekers. However, you do have to subscribe to the service to see the full details of job postings.
Its Jobs for Retirees section, which is free, offers timely, helpful articles about subjects such as how to fight ageism in your job search and tips for starting a new career at 50.
This nonprofit organization — National Experienced Workforce Solutions, which got its start through AARP — specializes in helping people age 55 and older find contract positions with government agencies nationwide.
The types of positions available range from working as an office administrator in suburban Washington, D.C., to being a soil conservation technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in central Illinois.
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Cost: $25 registration fee
This one isn’t really a job search website but rather a gig work opportunity for older women. If you’re looking to earn money through providing babysitting, nannying, pet-sitting or other similar services, this website (also available as an app) connects with you directly with families who may hire you.
The company uses part of the $25 registration fee to do a background check of “grandmas” who want to get work through the site. Once the site approves someone, the worker and the family interested in hiring them negotiate their own fees and hours.
On this website, you start your job search by clicking on a button for full-time jobs, part-time jobs, warehouse jobs or hourly jobs. That choice then takes you to a results page on the Jobs2Careers website, where you can further narrow your choices based on where you live or what level of employment you’re seeking (entry, senior, executive, etc.)
The articles and tips available through the main RetiredBrains job search feature offer useful information that can help you figure out what type of work fits your situation and how to best compete successfully for openings. The tips range from advice on how to find seasonal jobs to how to prepare for a variety of work-from-home jobs.
Cost: Free or $99 for a premium one-year membership
If you’re looking for a job, earning money is probably your main goal, of course. But this website does offer an interesting filter that lets you look for volunteer opportunities in your community. For example, a search in the District of Columbia region turned up a health care center looking for volunteers to drive older adults to medical and therapy appointments.
Otherwise, RetirementJobs primarily lets you search by zip code, with filters that let you see which openings are for part-time positions or other criteria. The premium membership includes a resume critique, access to webinars about job searching, and other resources.
Before you can search for jobs or post your resume on Seniors4Hire, you do have to set up a free account, with basically just your name, email address, and a password you create for that website.
This site pulls most of its job postings from ZipRecruiter, so you may see some overlap if you use both job boards. There is one key difference, however. Seniors4Hire offers companies that post jobs on that website a resume-matching service. If you post your resume on Seniors4Hire and it fits the skills for a new job opening, Seniors4Hire will notify you to find out if you’re interested in applying.
If you have a background in accounting, human resources, insurance or other related fields, this website can help you get hired for remote-work contract positions nationwide.
WAHVE, in essence, is a matchmaking service. Instead of browsing through a list of job postings, you start by creating a short profile followed by an application and a screening. Once the experts at WAHVE have figured out what type of work you’re seeking, they go through their list of available employment opportunities to find a position that might suit you. If both you and the employer agree that it’s a match, you — and your “vintage” skills — are hired.
The first step in looking for a job on this website is to click on the name of the state where you want to work. Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to look at the job postings listed at the top of the screen with the heading “Workforce50 Direct Listings.” Because the employer chose to post the opening on this site, it’s a good sign that they welcome applications from people age 50 and older. If you don’t see that heading, it means employers haven’t directly posted any openings at that time.
If you scroll down below the direct listings section, you’ll see other job openings that are pulled in from websites such as ZipRecruiter and Monster.com.
Kenneth Terrell covers employment, age discrimination, work and jobs, careers, and the federal government for AARP. He previously worked for the Education Writers Association and U.S. News & World Report, where he reported on government and politics, business, education, science and technology, and lifestyle news.