/ Asked by Diana
I am a 68 year old retired lady, and I need to supplement my income. I would like a part time job that I can work from the home. I have a computer, but I'm not a computer savy person. My employment background is, Accounts receivable, Collections, and Customer Service. Is there a area, where my working experience can be put into good use?
Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
It’s becoming increasingly common to find telecommuting roles (also called virtual, or work-from-home), but the combination of this plus part-time might be a little bit harder to come by. However, I am positive there are a handful of places to start looking! And your prior experience in Customer Service and Collections is highly desirable.

I’d begin by exploring websites which specialize in telecommuting jobs. These are great places to find Customer Service, Collections, Sales Assistance, Office/Payroll Support, Tutoring, and other positions that may allow you to work from home. They will often entail having access to both a telephone land line and the internet, but may not actually require advanced computer skills.

Here are some telecommuter job boards to try:
• odesk.com
• flexjobs.com
• skipthedrive.com
• nextjobathome.com

Your best bet is to examine each job posting carefully, and review the requirements/qualifications. If you decide to apply and are contacted by a recruiter, I would be honest about your level of computer experience, but I would also emphasize that you’re flexible, dependable, and eager to learn new things. And just so you’re aware, candidates never need to disclose their age to a recruiter or Hiring Manager, but it’s perfectly alright to tell them that you are seeking part-time status only.

You can also utilize traditional job boards (like Careerbuilder, Monster, Indeed, or SimplyHired) and adjust your job search settings and keywords to browse telecommuting positions only. That will screen out anything which requires you to work in a standard office-setting. There are even job boards designed specifically for retirees! (seniorjobbank.org)

And equally important, I would recommend registering with local staffing companies near you (like Manpower). We may have clients who are searching for telecommuters like yourself, and our employment experts can help connect you to those opportunities. Staffing offices may also be able to find you shorter-term (temporary) assignments, which can sometimes lead to longer-term employment offerings.

Best of luck for your job search!
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Thursday, June 19, 2014
I echo the great advise given by Dana and would also urge you to look at a few computer prep courses that will help you to boost your computer skills and make you more competitive in the job market.  You can often find these classes very reasonably priced at your local vocational school or a community college if you have such available in your area.  The more skills that you have to choose from the more opportunities you will be able to explore.  Good luck on your search!
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, June 23, 2014
Your best bet would be connecting with a temporary staffing company. They can help assess your skills and place you with clients who have staffing needs with your expertise. The staffing agency may also help recommend courses - or even offer courses - to enhance your computer skills. You may get assigned to various assignments over your relationship with the staffing agency which will give you variety too. And many temporary positions convert to full-time opportunities.
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