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Saturday, 17 January 2015

The traditional notion of retirement, where one stops working completely and enjoys leisure time with friends and family, is obsolete. Surveys find that about two-thirds of workers view retirement from a full-time job as an opportunity for continued productive employment. Nearly seven in ten workers expect to continue to work full-time or part-time/temporary jobs following retirement from their main jobs, including 15% who expect to start their own business. Only 13% expect to stop working entirely.
Among today's workers who have retired from their primary job but are still in the workforce, 54 percent went back to work because they needed income. 

Practical Steps to Help You Find Employment
  1. If you are still working, talk to department heads/hiring managers at your employer before retiring and make sure they understand that you are available for project assignments after you "retire." It’s the hiring managers that make these decisions, and they are the HR department's clients. Build a departure network. That doesn't mean you shouldn't also connect with appropriate managers within HR. Do this as well.
  2. Outside of your former employers, you must be able to identify your value to prospective consulting clients or consulting firms to appropriately market yourself. To do this, you should: 
    • Assess your experience, skill sets, general knowledge, etc.
    • Assess how your experience translates to marketable skills of value to their needs.
    • Identify potential market opportunities.
    • Look for a place to start as a consultant.
  3. Network in your industry with employers who are competitors or at least identify them. If possible, identify hiring managers within these organizations while you are still working so you can contact them for project assignments after you "retire." Perhaps do so at trade shows and other such venues. The location of these firms need not be local as you could elect to work a project assignment in another geographic location.
  4. Identify firms outside of your industry that hire people with your experience and skill sets so you can contact them for project assignments after you retire.
  5. Depending on your function and industry, consider starting a consulting firm where you can offer your services on a project basis after you retire. You should also consider identifying and becoming affiliated with existing consulting firms that serve the markets in which you are involved. Maintain your network as this is extremely valuable to you as well as any firm you may join.
  6. Consider volunteering using your experience on a project basis. Some of these assignments provide payment for your services but most don't. Volunteering also has other advantages as it builds experience and can sometimes lead to prestigious board or committee positions or invitations.
  7. Many executives, managers and professionals don't have the skills to work virtually and collaboratively. If you don't possess these skills, you must get training if you hope to be successful in acquiring project assignments after retiring. Much of the project or consultative work you get is likely to be done remotely as opposed to on site. You will need "leading edge" communications skills to be successful. If you don’t already have them, you must acquire them — preferably before leaving your job.
  8. Search for a temporary, part-time, project-based or seasonal job while you're still working to have a better idea of what this market space looks like.

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