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Is It a Good Time to Find Work? Most Say No

Posted on 03/21/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkHow do Americans view today’s job market? Apparently not favorably. In a Gallup poll of 1,048 adults in March, more than two-thirds (68 percent) said now is not a good time to find a quality job. Only about 1 in 4 (28 percent) were positive about the odds of landing a position, the highest measure since the start of the economic downturn in January 2008. Older workers were even more pessimistic. Among those ages 50 to 64, about 3 in …

A Grandpa’s Dream, a Child’s Nightmare

Posted on 09/18/2013 by | Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeThere’s a tendency among us grandpas to control, or at least direct, the lives of our grandchildren, theoretically filtering into their futures what we wish we had accomplished on our own. I see it in relation to my granddaughter Nicole, a gifted painter who, at 27, is working hard to win notice in the art world. She is accomplishing that slowly but too slowly to suit me, so I’m pushing her to ramp up the tempo, to haunt the galleries, …

Starting a Business? Find Your Niche

Posted on 10/30/2012 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

WorkI marvel at entrepreneurs who can take an idea and sell it, no matter what it is.  Sometimes it’s the marketing machine that does the trick.  Or the entrepreneur’s sheer passion. But other times it’s the discovery that there’s a niche community of fans out there salivating for their “thing.” John Findra’s thing is the fantastically beat-up classic car as art – distressed, rusted, gutted and all.  The more weathered, the cooler.  His firm Classic Wrecks turns out pint-sized replicas …

Want Better Results at Work? Take a Vacation!

Posted on 08/17/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThis is a guest post from Nancy Collamer, M.S., a career coach, speaker and author. || According to a 2012 CareerBuilder.com survey, only 65 percent of full-time U.S. employees have taken or plan to take a vacation this year, down from 80 percent in 2007. There are many reasons for this downward trend—financial worries and concerns about job security—but even though these worries are justified, I still think it’s a shame that Americans are increasingly reluctant to take the time off they’ve earned. …

The Secret of Successful Career Reinventions

Posted on 07/5/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThis is a guest post from Nancy Collamer, M.S., a career coach, speaker and author. What is the single most important factor for career reinvention success? If you guessed talent, a large professional network or an exceptional resume, you’d only be partially right. All of those are clearly important. But nearly two decades experience as a career coach has taught me that the single most important element behind reinvention success is a positive attitude. Before you dismiss that as a cliché, …

University of Florida’s Miss Betty Talks 60 Years on the Job

Posted on 06/15/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThis is a guest post by AARP Florida State Director, Jeff Johnson – a lifelong Floridian, and officially neutral on Florida college rivalries.  Just don’t talk to him about Duke or UNC (he’s proud to be a Wake Forest Demon deacon).  Follow him on Twitter at @AARPJeff. Elizabeth Jones started working at the University of Florida in 1952.  The university posted this video of “Miss Betty’s” reflections on her remarkable 60-year (and counting) tenure at the university.  It’s inspiring to see …