Lots of people have needed to, or wanted to, continue in the work force even after reaching so called retirement age in recent times. Some seniors do so for economic reasons, others for personal growth and others just to stay productively busy. However, securing an appropriate and good paying job can present a challenge. This is especially true for seniors who don’t have any real experience in the type of jobs available. However, due to the COVID epidemic and the resultant explosion of work from home job opportunities, it is now more possible than ever to secure an online position with no direct experience, pays well and even hire quickly. The huge increase in remote (work from home) positions has created many job openings. Employers for many of these jobs actually prefer senior applicants, because they are usually better suited to successfully perform a remote job for an ongoing period. It is not uncommon to find that many of these jobs will hire seniors for these positions as entry-level workers, with no actual prior experience. Plus, because of the high demand, hiring is often a fairly quick process. A major factor that helps seniors get these jobs is by having what is called relevant “transferrable” experience, skills and knowledge. For example, if you have worked in the past as a store clerk, you probably have applicable skills to work as a remote sales or customer service agent. If you have a degree in English, you would have applicable knowledge to be an online English language teacher or tutor, even if you don’t have any teaching experience. In addition, most of these positions provide on the job training. So, with such transferrable experience plus interest and motivation in the particular job, you have a good chance in landing a remote, well paying job as an entry level worker in short order. Listed below are the best of these types of jobs
These jobs usually fall into two categories – sales and service. These jobs used to be mostly located in company physical call center offices. Recently, due to health and economic reasons, many of these jobs are now remote (work from home). Because of modern computer and internet technology, such workers are still linked together into a “virtual call center”. All you need is a working space, modern computer and a good internet connection.
Customer sales jobs involve selling prospects and existing customers the employer’s products or services. This is done via voice, text chat, video calls and emails. Communications can be both outbound and inbound. On the job training is almost always provided with these positions. If you have the gift of gab and know your way around a computer, this can be a good job for you. Average full time salary is around $40,000 per year.
Customer service jobs are also called help desk jobs. These people help resolve complaints and problems, answer questions, and provide technical assistance. This kind of job requires multi-tasking abilities, problem solving skills and usually fast typing skills. Average full time salary is around $50,000 per year.
Just like call centers have become virtual, so have many companies made their administrative support positions remote as well. There are three main types of jobs in this area:
– Administrative Assistant (aka Secretary): The typical tasks of answering phones, making schedules, correspondence, filing and the like can now all be done remotely. Being organized and a good typist are important assets. Typical full time salary is around $40,000 per year.
– Data Entry: This position entails putting business info and figures into various computer files and software. Accurate typing and strong attention to detail are necessary. Typical full time salary is around $30,000 per year.
– Bookkeeper: All businesses and organizations need staff to “keep the books” – log and track financial transactions. For simple bookkeeping work (not full charge), then just having some accounting and bookkeeping education can often suffice. Salaries can often be $50,000 per year and higher.
The world of the internet revolves not just around images and sounds, but also words. It takes a large number of workers to produce the tremendous, continuous amount of content on web sites, blogs, social media and emails. If you have an educational or work background in a certain area, then you can become an online writer or editor without actual prior experience. Usually, you will need to pass a writing or editing test to get this type of work – and of course, you should like to write. Full time salary for these jobs usually are between $40,000 – $50,000 per year.
Just like office work, the world of education has gone online in a big way. This has created many job opportunities for online teachers and tutors. Because of the need, many of these jobs will hire persons with the appropriate education and degrees, even with no prior teaching experience. Usually, you will need to pass a subject matter test and a teaching aptitude test to get this kind of work. The biggest demand in this field is for the subjects of English, Math and Sciences. Students can be from grade school level to adult learners. Salaries for this type of work vary, but can often be around $50 per hour.