REPRINTED FROM KIPLINGER'S PERSONAL FINANCE MAGAZINE
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 www.teaching-jobs.org).
- Try the job-hunting Web sites that are geared to older workers. RetirementJobs.com 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 SimplyHired.com/fiftyplus, RetiredBrains.com, Senior JobBank.com and Seniors4Hire.org.
This article and others on retirement appear in the July issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine; available online at www.kiplinger.com/magazine.