Dear Coach: I am retired after being in the labor force for 33 years. All is well except for one small detail: I would like to do something in my spare time and preferably earn money. But it seems old accountants aren't in demand. What can I do?
Carol Kleiman: Volunteer your accounting skills to a nonprofit agency and make yourself invaluable. Then apply for the first paying job that comes open there.
Dear Coach: After sending a rsum or having an interview with a prospective employer, is it appropriate to make follow-up phone calls? Do prospective employers consider you a pest if you do that?
Carol Kleiman: Call at least once a week for three weeks. You're not a pest. You really want the job.
Dear Coach:You consistently advise job-hunters not to answer the question, "What salary do you expect/want?" At least, not until the job offer is made.