Advice for Ricochet Retirees
Tips on returning to work.
Before you seek new employment, 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. Other thoughts for boomerang retirees:
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 résumé.
Consider other outlets. Many retired boomers are turning up as teachers, from elementary school through college (see www.teaching-jobs.org).
Try 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, SeniorJobBank.com and Seniors4Hire.org.