So, you’ve been out of the workforce for a year or more.  You’d decided to retire, but are now having second thoughts.  How do you go about reopening the door to employment that you’d closed in the past?

There are many reasons to leave the workforce on your terms, and actually retiring is a commendable accomplishment after many decades of grinding away in the workforce.

There are also many reasons to rejoin the workforce after a period of retirement.  Some of these reasons may include:

  • Boredom
  • Financial need
  • Desire to pursue a new career path
  • Need for social interaction

If you intend to rejoin the workforce after a period of inactivity, there are several things you will need to do to.  In addition to updating your resume and references, you will want to re-energize your professional network and get the word out that you are looking for work again.  This task should not be ignored since it’s estimated that over 80% of job-seekers get a job through someone they know.  If, however, many of your professional colleagues have also left the workforce, you’ll need to expand your network through new connections.  Try to include younger friends and others that you have met during your period of retirement.  Don’t overlook those in the community that have broad exposure (teachers, bankers, business owners, realtors, civil officials).

Get ready for job interviews by preparing your response to certain questions that are unique to your situation, such as:

“I see you’ve been out of work for the past year, why have you decided to go back to work?”

“If I hire you, how will I know that you won’t decide to re-retire in a few months?”

You will have your own unique reason (or reasons) for returning to work, but be sure you can articulate your reasons in a way that is both truthful and compelling, so that you will be taken seriously and given prime consideration for the job.  Be able to clearly convey your desire to go back to work and exactly what valuable capabilities you will bring to the organization.

Enlist the help of friends and family, and practice your response to various questions you may face during the interview; especially if it’s been a while since you have interviewed for a job.

So, if retirement isn’t your cup of tea, go ahead and take the plunge back into the workforce and apply your considerable experience and talent to the growing economy!


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After serving for 27 years in the US Navy and another 20 years in the defense industry I am excited to share my experience in the areas of career and interview coaching with fellow veterans and others joining, or rejoining, the job market.

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