Home for life, not for lunch!


Are you a retired executive who's bored? Do winter's cold, gray days seem endless? Do you yearn for "coffee with the boys" back at work most days? Does "the wife" want you home "for life, but not for lunch"? Cheer up.

"Retired executives are being coaxed back into the work force as consultants and short-term troubleshooters for companies large and small," says an old (see below) issue of Nation's Business that I found in my dentist's office.

The story goes on, "These arrangements have pluses for both sides: the retirees return to work without the pressures of career building, and the companies they join gain instant, priceless experience. The advantages for both suggest that this trend will grow as baby boomers approach retirement age.

"Retired executives offer their professional experience to businesses at reasonable rates (or as unpaid volunteers) through both nonprofit agencies and for-profit placement services. One recruiting firm executive says, 'There are some real bargains out there for smaller companies in search of seasoned help.' "

You may buy a back copy of this issue, April, 1990, with the story, "Retired -- And Back at Work" from Nation's Business, 1615 H St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20062. Phone (202) 463-5877 for details.

MIDWINTER MEMOS: Kiplinger Washington Letter feels that no big tax changes are ahead this year, and that President Bush will not fight hard for a capital gains tax cut . . . "Slide in interest rates may come to a halt soon." (100 Highest Yields) . . . A telephone company executive told me that the quickest way to end an objectionable sales call is to say, "Thank you, not interested; goodbye," and hang up . . . "We need people with new ideas as much as we need people who will put energy behind old ideas." (William Feather, in Bits & Pieces).

HOPEFULLY HELPFUL: "Expect to be asked several probing, hardball questions during your next job interview," says National Business Employment Weekly, Feb. 10 issue ("Don't Let Tough Questions Sabotage Your Interview"), adding, "In fact, if you aren't asked a few 'stress' questions, your interview probably isn't going as well as you might think."

The story goes on: If asked to tell a little about yourself, "don't launch into a mini-speech about your childhood, schooling, etc., but do cite recent work experiences that relate to the job you're seeking and that support your resume credentials." When asked about your greatest strengths, "mention assets directly related to the responsibilities of the open job." If asked why the firm should hire you, "really sell yourself; describe how your experience, career progression, achievements make you an asset." For a back copy of this valuable publication, write Tony Lee, editor, National Business Employment Weekly, Box 300, Princeton, N.J. 08543, for details on obtaining one.

WORKPLACE WISDOM: "Most successful entrepreneurs aren't geniuses; they are people who saw opportunity and jumped in with both feet." (Bill Le Vine, Postal Instant Press) . . . "Regulatory agencies within five years become controlled by industries they were set up to regulate." (Gabriel Kolko) . . . "You look at any giant corporation, and I mean the biggies, and they all started with a guy with an idea, doing it well." (Irvine Robbins, started Baskin-Robbins) . . . "If I owe a million dollars, I am lost, but if I owe $50 billion, the bankers are lost." (Celso Ming)

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