/ Asked by patricia
I am a 57 year old professional looking to retire from my current employment for the past 15 years to enter into less stressful employment opportunities. I prefer to work less than 40 hours per week on a flexible work schedule. What are some good ideas/resources for me to get started and how? I have a Master Degree in Management. management and social science.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, May 30, 2014
As the type of job that you are looking for is not as common, it is important for your to be very flexible.  If this is truly the type of job you desire, you may have to go to where these jobs are more prevalent.  I first recommend going on line and researching the areas of the US with the most job growth.  These will typically be where you will find more flexible work arrangements.  The technical job sector tends to be more open to these types of work arrangements.  

Next you have to find a place to locate the jobs.  There are a few web sites focused on flexible and part time jobs - flexjobs.com being one of them.  You can also go to job board aggregator sites such as indeed.com and search on terms such as part-time or flexible, etc.  Bottom line, for a more flexible job, you may have to be more flexible.   
Answered by Dustin, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Monday, June 2, 2014
This is a tough question to respond to as a previous responder already mentioned for the reason being that these jobs may be difficult to find - assuming you want to receive compensation in line with your experience and education and remain.  

Assuming concessions with your compensation are ok for a less stressful and flexible work schedule, then your next biggest challenge will be communicating to potential employers why you are seeking a role that might be viewed as a step back in your career. Immediately stating you want less stress and flexibile hours may be unfavorably translated by a recruiter or hiring manager, especially when many other applicants may be asking for more hours and responsbility. 

The net advice would be to do some research on what roles provide this type of environment (flexible schedule and less stress), understand it will be a tough search and require compensation concessions, review how your skills and experience align and can add value to that particular role, and craft strong story as to why this is the right role at this time in your career without creating any unfavorable flags.    
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Friday, June 6, 2014
Prior to searching for your next opportunity, it is important to understand what you are really looking for regarding type of work and what your deal breakers are before you start applying to roles.  This will help you to more efficiently screen through openings and determine what may or may not be a possible fit for you not just that it is a job working less than 40 hours a week and not what you are doing now.  Once you have put together your position profile you can use job search engines like Indeed, Career Builder, & Monster to search for positions within your preferred commuting distance that meet your profile.  If you have not done so in a while, now is also a good time to review your resume.  Those same websites can also provide resume writing tips and suggestions to ensure that your resume will stand out from the pack.  Another avenue is LinkedIn where you can post your updated resume and profile as well as make professional connections with employers seeking qualified talent.  In addition to those basic features, can also join networks and on-line community forums to further expand your options and networking platforms on the LinkedIn website.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I think it is important to go into your job search with an open mind. LinkedIn is now more popular than ever and by connecting with recruiters and learning more about companies through their pages, you might find a job that is in line with what you are looking for. I would also use your peer group that you have and ask around to see what companies might be hiring. Good luck!
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