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Published Jul. 31, 2007


It's no longer news that a sizable number of older workers approaching the traditional retirement age plan to continue working at least part-time. There is even a name for these workers: boomerang retirees.

But there are some simple steps to take to help ensure your new job is more than just putting in hours for a paycheck:

- Have a clear idea of how much you want to work, how far you're willing to commute and how much flexibility you need, advises Michael Jalbert, president of MRINetwork, a professional-staffing firm.

You'll be miserable if you land in the same overextended, high-pressure situation that made you savor early retirement.

- Start with the company you're leaving. See if you can find a role as a consultant or as a trainer to help orient your replacement. Short-term assignments can morph into longer-term engagements.

- Look to the suppliers that your company uses. Assuming you have no conflicts of interest, your expertise and experience could be extremely useful to such an organization.

- Tap the network you've developed. Contact colleagues from professional organizations and tell them what you want to do. Keep an up-to-date resume.

- Consider other outlets. Many retirees are turning up as teachers, from elementary school through college (see

- Try the job-hunting Web sites that are geared to older workers. sponsors an age-friendly-employer certification program. H&R Block, Borders, Marriott, REI and Staples make the grade, as do regional employers that are committed to meaningful work, development opportunities and competitive pay and benefits for workers 50 and older.

Other age-targeted Internet job boards include,, Senior and

This article and others on retirement appear in the July issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine; available online at