Live to Work

Some retirees say they get enjoyment out of remaining employed and making a difference

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Make yourself appealing to an employer
A modern hairstyle, professional clothes that fit nicely (watch suits that are too small and accentuate the growing hips or waistlines that the years seem to bring). Offer evidence of recent ideas for improvements in your job or company. Do state your past accomplishments. If you’re coasting, or desperately working just for the paycheck and are essentially dead weight, that’s a hard package to sell in today’s economy. Show some interest and enthusiasm for any potential job you want. Employers look to workers for the results they’ll obtain. Give good examples of your past experience examples that show how you have been and will be productive. People who act like assets, not tired, burned out job seekers just needing cash will be most likely to land interesting jobs, no matter how old they are.

Mary was a career counseling client whom I distinctly remember—a client who had four job offers all at once. Her white hair and 67 years weren’t obstacles at all when she wanted a new “post retirement” fundraising job, because her enthusiasm and innovative ideas made everyone want to hire her.

A recent Worth Magazine survey revealed that 41 percent of new retirees found retirement very difficult. “Retirement’s not all it’s cracked up to be,” said former school secretary Jo Madison. “You get bored and need something to look forward to. Mindless days and going to bingo isn’t my idea of living at 55. I want to do things that matter.”

Paul, a high-powered senior executive said this about his retirement from a Fortune 500 company, “I got so bored. I wanted a job that was flexible, so I could travel, and yet challenging. So I do part-time consulting, which keeps my mind sharp and gives me a reason to live.”

“Golf was all I ever dreamed about,” said 50-year-old Mike. “I knew all I’d do was golf once I quit the rat race. So when the pressure cooker got so overwhelming at my store manager job, I took the early retirement plan. And I golfed and golfed, but eventually I needed more. So now I’m a high school baseball coach getting paid peanuts, just loving every single second of it.”