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Old 10-31-2007, 07:04 PM   #1
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You 've been FIREd for about a year but...

(hypothetically) you need or want ot get back to work. Maybe you just took the leap because of job burn out and now ready to get back to the grind. Or maybe your portfolio tanked, there is a health crisis in the family and need insurance; or you simply decided you weren't ready yet.

Of course since you have been retired you did what you wanted. Most All prospective employers will read that you did "nothing" (what did you do all day...).

What did you office-ially do?

I took a sabatical to care for a family member,
for health reasons,
I took an extended trip around the world,
I self studied subject "tbd",
I started writing a book,
...??

I am guessing saying "I retired for a while" will not make anyone get a decent career continuation job...
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Old 10-31-2007, 07:08 PM   #2
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Old 10-31-2007, 07:51 PM   #3
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I am guessing saying "I retired for a while" will not make anyone get a decent career continuation job...
We hear it all the time among retired military. Most of those who aren't already employed while on terminal leave are calling up old shipmates a few months later and announcing "I'm bored. Whaddya got?"

Others take six months of retirement to satisfy the government's ethics rules and then start after a civil-service or contractor job.

Usually it starts as "Oh, I'm just helping out a shipmate while I wait for the golfing weather to improve" and next thing you know they're working 50-hour weeks.
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(hypothetically) you need or want ot get back to work.
Inconceivable.
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Most All prospective employers will read that you did "nothing" (what did you do all day...).

What did you office-ially do?
Tell them Homeland Security isn't allowing that information to be released, but it should be declassified by 2032.
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Took a sabbatical and can't wait to get back in the game.

I 2nd that nomination...

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Old 11-01-2007, 02:13 AM   #9
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I've been working nonstop since I was 16. I decided to take x months off to spend some quality time with the family. I did that, I'm ready to go again!
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I've been in this situation - sort of, I didn't retire, but I left the workforce voluntarily for almost a year and then had to explain that to prospective employers in interviews. I found that younger folks thought it was great - the fact that I had done it raised my stock with them. Most people above about 45 or so had a different reaction, they were far more suspicious.
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Maybe you....
  • Joined the Peace Corps?
  • Built your dream home?
  • Volunteered to do missionary work for your church?
  • Stayed home with the new baby?
  • Did some consulting work for your own (now defunct) consulting company?
  • Temporarily moved to another state to provide elder care for a dying parent?
I know people at work who have done these sorts of things without repercussions.
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I think the specific reason almost doesn't matter, as long as you make it believable. DW is a career counselor and one of the things she tells people with gaps on the resume is to make sure the interviewer doesn't assume you were having a bout of mental illness or incarceration (!).
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Since I'm an RN all I have to be is breathing and willing to work !
Oh I feel ya on that one. I would also have to be dragged kicking and screaming, fingernails clawing the ground before I'd go back.
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I was in prison overseas at an undisclosed location until the 'Delta Force(without Chuck Norris) ' was able to find and engineer my rescue,

No chuck - that's why it took so long.

Of course the details are top secret - if you knew, I'd have to kill you - and then who would be able to hire me.

Nod, nod, wink, wink(this part takes practice in front of a mirror first).

heh heh heh - at 14 yrs of ER - I don't think I could do even a temp job with two hands and a mirror - accidentilly having fun and someone 'actually' paying $ is another story!
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Do I have to say this with a straight face?
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I put in about 12 months of very PT time back at the old plant (beginning about 6 months after FIRE) more or less consulting and independent research, and never more than ~30 hours per month. It's been nice, pretty darn low stress, and clearly the ONLY employment I'd ever consider. I'm never going to find anything even a 10th as lucrative as this gig was, fun while it lasted, but I don't see myself ever even looking let only considering w__king again. I'm done. (Period, end of sentence.)
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Old 11-02-2007, 04:46 PM   #17
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Since I'm an RN all I have to be is breathing and willing to work !
Retired RPh, same deal for us...mailbox usually contains at least one help-wanted postcard daily.
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My mother taught me that "you don't have to tell everything you know."

So - depending on "why" you were retired for a bit, why can't you say the first part of the sentence, without saying the last part of the sentence:

Well, actually I tried retirement, but I now realize I prefer to be working rather than run out of money and starve since my portfolio tanked.

Well, actually I tried retirement, but I now realize I prefer to be working rather than be sick and burned out.

Well, actually I tried retirement, but I now realize I prefer to be working rather than have a sick loved one that needs care.

Well, actually I tried retirement, but I now realize I prefer to be working rather than struggling to find my identity outside of the workplace.

Well, actually I tried retirement, but I now realize I prefer to be working since I still have more to contribute, I like the interaction of a team, I miss the gossip, loved the commute or can't figure out what to do all day.

When the interviewer says, "Really? What do you miss?"

Answer: "Oh, I think the camaraderie, the sense of making a contribution, and the money! Even though that is sometimes outweighed by the drudgery, lack of appreciation and stupid meetings.
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