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Retired but eager to resume part-time work? Here’s how to find the right gig



I recently retired from my corporate job and enjoyed being in the office each day. Financially, I am secure but I’m not ready to quit working altogether. I’m looking for a part-time job that will satisfy my desire to be around people while not overtaxing me. Any ideas for ideal part-time jobs? 

D.D., Dallas, Texas 

Dear D.D.,

The best part-time jobs don’t announce themselves. You need to ask around and find them.

That’s especially true when you’re retired and ready to resume part-time work. Unless your former employer wants to bring you back on your terms, the search for a new gig requires diligent research and networking.

Start with a self-assessment. Ask yourself what you enjoy doing and what motivates you now that you’re retired.

“Think about why you are looking for a job,” said Allison Task, a career and life coach in Montclair, N.J. “You can get a job, but a job has requirements. If you’re financially secure, maybe you should broaden your view to include volunteer work, a board seat or joining a community group” like the Village to Village Network.

If you enjoyed socializing with office mates—and you want to be around people—beware of what you wish for. Pardon my curmudgeonly tone, but there’s no guarantee a new group of colleagues will meet or exceed your expectations.

I know several retirees in your position who decided to join a nonprofit board or serve on a local government committee, only to deal with difficult personalities and petty political squabbles. So before you consider part-time (or volunteer) work, confirm that you’ll spend time with people you like and respect.

The next step is to identify your interests and strengths—or what management theorists call “core competencies.” What do you do better than most people? What traits do you possess that set you apart?

“List your job skills,” said Task, author of “Personal Revolution.” “Zero in on skills you’ve already developed and where those skills are in demand.”

If you’re an extrovert who retired from a successful sales career, working part-time as a host, greeter or retail associate may make sense. If your corporate job involved hiring and training employees, contact HR consulting firms that seek part-time recruiters or webinar designers.

Thanks to your financial security, you have the luxury of turning a longtime hobby into part-time income. Task cites a family friend who retired at age 55 after a satisfying career working in a steel mill.

“He loves golf, so he started working part-time at a golf course,” she said. “It worked out great for him.”

Even though you’re retired, it’s not too late to engage in self-discovery. Explore new types of work that provide intellectual, physical or social stimulation.

Deb Mitchell is a career and executive coach at Crossworks, an Ohio-based career counseling firm. To help clients match their personality, interests and experience with a job, she administers a personality assessment.

“We use Birkman [personality assessment] as a centerpiece,” Mitchell said.

Networking also opens doors for retirees in search of work. Ask your former colleagues for advice and use them as a sounding board. If you belong to membership organizations or professional associations, tap their resources to uncover fresh opportunities.

Here’s another idea: Harness the expertise you’ve gained from your corporate career by partnering with a younger go-getter in the business world where you mentor each other. A fan of Chip Conley’s “Wisdom at Work,” Mitchell suggests that wisdom can flow both ways as retirees and rising stars share knowledge and support each other’s success.

Finally, you mention that you want to find work that’s not overtaxing. That may mean accepting part-time work that initially seems, well, unconventional.

A 60-year-old friend in Vermont sought a relatively easy part-time job near her home in which she could work outside. So she landed a position as a crossing guard. It pays $22/hour and she’s thrilled.

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Truework Speeds Income Verification for Gig-Economy Workers




Truework is rolling out Credentials, a new service that lets workers log into their payroll provider to share verified income and employment data with their mortgage lender or other authorized third parties.

Verifying the employment and income of gig-economy workers is about to get a lot easier at more than 15,000 lending institutions that use Truework, an API-enabled verification platform.

Over the next few months, Truework is rolling out Credentials, a new service that lets workers log into their payroll provider to share verified income and employment data with their mortgage lender or other authorized third parties.

Integrations with more than 150 payroll providers and gig economy marketplaces including Gusto, Zenefits, UKG, and Paylocity means “hundreds of thousands” gig workers will be able to share their data in a few clicks.

Ryan Sandler

“It’s always been hard for 1099 employees to get the same access to loans and other financial products as W2 employees,” Truework CEO Ryan Sandler said in a statement. “A big reason is that accessing verified income data for 1099 employees hasn’t been possible for most banks. Truework Credentials will enable the thousands of banks on Truework to expand credit access to underserved 1099 borrowers.”

Sandler told Inman that Credentials is one part of one-stop solution for mortgage providers and other lenders.

“We have a waterfall of logic that verifies your income, starting with the fastest, most seamless way possible,” Sandler said.

With the borrower’s consent, Truework can provide instant employment and income verification for more than 35 million workers through its Truework Instant network, which the company claims is the second-biggest instant verification network in the U.S.

If a worker’s data isn’t available through the Instant Network, Credentials lets them log in to their payroll provider and send it to their lender in a few clicks, without uploading a PDF.

“It’s seamless and digital,” Sandler said.

If a worker’s not covered by Truework Instant or Credentials, Truework will turn to its “Smart Outreach” service, which provides manual verifications by phone or other means. Truework says it can turn 80 percent of manual verifications around in less than 48 hours.

Sandler said Credentials has been live with a handful of banks and lending institutions for a few weeks, and will become available to all of its customers over the next few months.

Mortgage lenders can also take advantage of Truework’s integration with ICE Mortgage Technology’s Encompass loan origination platform.

The Encompass integration, announced last month, “has been a massive success for Truework so far, leading to 48 new customers to date, including one of the largest deals in the company’s history,” a spokesperson told Inman via email.

Competing employment and income verification services include include Equifax Work Solutions, Experian-owned CCC Verify, EmpInfo, Finicity, and InVerify.

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Brad Gillis: “My first gig with Ozzy was horrendous – at soundcheck we only played 7 of the 18 songs on the setlist, and Ozzy didn’t even show up!”




It’s never easy replacing a recently deceased guitar legend. But for a spell, Brad Gillis did just that after Randy Rhoads passed away in 1982 – lending a hand and helping Ozzy finish his tour commitments and get back on track, as well as being featured on the all-Sabbath Speak of the Devil live release.

However, instead of carrying on with Ozzy, Gillis opted to return to his main band, Night Ranger. And almost immediately, the band hit the big-time – scoring such massive MTV/radio hits as Don’t Tell Me You Love Me, (You Can Still) Rock in America, and Sister Christian.

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A reunion and a gig | News, Sports, Jobs




Steubenville native Bernadette Milewsky Mullenix and her husband, Joe, look forward to class reunion and performance.
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STEUBENVILLE — While it’s not unusual for former area residents to come home for a high school class reunion, few if any return to have a local singing gig to boot.

For singer-songwriter Bernadette Milewsky Mullenix of Warner Springs, Calif., however, that’s a reality.

The 1971 graduate of Catholic Central High School is not only looking forward to her 50-year class reunion on Saturday, which is her birthday, she and her husband, Joe, will perform as Slow Traffic on Sunday at the Spot Bar, 217 S. Fourth St., from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Because of COVID-19 pandemic delays that impacted the class reunion for CCHS Class of 1970, Saturday’s reunion will be a combined one for CCHS Class of 1970 and Class of 1971, Bernadette explained in an e-mail correspondence.

“I am very excited to be able to attend this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and perform at the Spot Bar,” she said of a trip to her hometown that combines memories and music.

“We like the venue because it has a spacious outdoor patio where we will be performing, and it is a local favorite,” she noted. “I especially like it because it brings back memories of the once bustling South End and historic downtown Steubenville, where I used to play in Beatty Park and shop at the Hub Department Store.”

Born and raised in Steubenville, the daughter of the late Thomas and Jane Milewsky attended Cathedral Grade School, where she first performed in front of her first-grade peers. After high school, she began performing in different bands in the area, moving in 1975 to California where she has continued her musical pursuits to this day.

Becoming a musician, however, wasn’t something she envisioned for herself.

“I just always had a deep love for music and would participate in grade school and high school musical events whenever I could,” she explained. “I played a few instruments, but they never stuck. I do play, though, several percussion instruments. I was always a singer and was drawn to musical people.”

She and Joe — Joseph Robert Mullenix — met in Hermosa Beach, Calif., in the summer of 1975 through their friend Michael Hall — M.D. Hall. — who also is from Steubenville.

“I moved to California to be in Mike and Joe’s band,” she noted. “We named it ‘Steuben Park.’ Joe and I hit it off from the start, but we decided not to date since we were performing together. After several years of playing together, we all went our separate ways,” she explained.

Ironically, the two reconnected in 2008 and got married on Sept. 9, 2013. “We tell people we dated for 33 years before we got married, to make sure we got it right,” she quipped.

“We now play in our own band called Slow Traffic,” she continued. “It is a passion we love and share, an essential part of our relationship. Periodically, we come back to my beloved hometown, visit family and friends and play music. Mike usually sets up an event or two, so that we can all play together again.”

Music, she explained, makes her happy.

“It is a great way to be active and involved in the musical community. I enjoy socializing, meeting new people, performing, singing, song writing, being on my feet, dancing, playing percussion, or just having a beer and hanging out with friends,” she noted.

“Joe and I have been fortunate in that we perform and play wherever we go. We once packed up our pickup truck with sound equipment and guitars and hit the road on a trip across the United States, from California to Ohio. We played along the way, including Dallas, Texas and Nashville. In fact, we ended up playing at the world-famous Spot Bar! Full circle, baby,” she wrote.

“We also had the opportunity to perform in Norway. Our friends there have a band and wanted us to play with them, so we went on two different occasions and played several different venues. We played some of the gigs as a duet and others with their full band. When we play as a duet, Joe plays acoustically on his 9-string guitar, which is a rare instrument. When we play with a full band, Joe switches to his electric guitar,” she explained.

Slow Traffic regularly plays in the wineries and winery-related venues in the Temecula Valley, SoCall and San Diego areas. The two are songwriters and perform an array of popular country, country rock and classic rock with a few originals in the mix. They’re partial to the works of artists such as Dwight Yoakam, Linda Ronstadt, Rolling Stones, George Strait, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Johnny Cash and Miranda Lambert. Randy Green does percussion.

Joe and Bernadette perform as a duo with larger bands and various musicians. They are two of the principles in the weekly Chords and Vines/LA TalkRadio show.

Bernadette said her father was a World War II veteran and her mother, a stay-at-home mom to nine children. “When time allowed, mom also worked various jobs as a cashier at different stores throughout the town. Mom and dad worked together at the True Value Hardware store on Sunset Boulevard when dad retired.”

She keeps in touch with grade school and high school friends who still live in Steubenville. “Whenever I come to visit, I make sure to visit everyone, and it is always a very special treat to see them. Friends were always something I treasured, and it was very important for me to not lose contact with them,” she noted.

She was last in the area in 2019. Her husband is from Parkersburg. “We were there for Joe’s 50th class reunion. Joe lived in Steubenville for a few years while I was still in high school, and he played music in the town with his buddy, Michael Hall, whom he met at Ohio State University. I didn’t get to meet Joe until I moved to California to be in the band with him and Michael. After I got out of high school, I played in a band with Michael and Andy Tonsky, who recently passed (a few years ago now),” she explained. Their trio was BAM.

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