New Year … New Job … New You

The new year is a good time to reflect, recharge, regain your momentum and renew your commitment to achieving goals.  It’s the time when many are thinking about changing careers or simply finding a new job. It’s a great time to jump-start the new you! Gone are the days when you looked in the newspaper for your next job. Today’s job market has changed vastly. Many experienced workers are finding themselves a bit unprepared on how to search for a new job and sell …

Michael Douglas To Receive Career Achievement Award

He’s served as The American President, terrified a generation of men into embracing marital fidelity in Fatal Attraction, and tickled the ivories as Liberace Behind the Candelabra. Now Academy Award winner Michael Douglas is being honored with the 2015 Career Achievement Award from AARP’s Movies for Grownups. “With a career spanning more than 50 years, Michael Douglas is one of the most talented and respected actors and producers of our time,” says Bob Love, editor in chief of AARP The Magazine. “He …

Some Advice to Help Put Your Kids on a Career Path Now

In the famous scene from The Graduate, Ben is cornered by guests at his college graduation party who ask, “What are you going to do now?” One man offers a single word of advice: “Plastics.” By the movie’s end, Ben is still clueless about his future. And there most likely will be thousands of versions of Ben among the 4 million students receiving degrees this month. Added to the usual post-college confusion is not only a working world radically changed. …

AARP Study Finds the Road to Reemployment Is Bumpy for Many

Older job seekers who were out of work at some point in the last five years found that tapping their network of contacts, reaching out to employers directly and starting their job search immediately rather than taking a break tended to be more successful in landing a job, according to a new report entitled “The Long Road Back: Struggling to Find Work After Unemployment,” by the AARP Public Policy Institute. Yet for many others, the study found that a substantial number …

Life Lessons From GM’s Mary Barra

At an auto assembly plant in Pontiac, Mich., back in 1980, 18-year-old Mary Makela got a hands-on education about what life was like on the factory floor. It was noisy and dirty and rough. And then there were the catcalls. “Every time I turned this one corner,” she says, “this guy would kind of yell. Finally, I walked over and asked him, ‘Why do you do that?’” and he said, ‘I don’t know.’” She laughs at the recollection. Challenging him …

One Older Worker’s Job-Hunting Saga

The following post is by an AARP member who wanted to share his experience in finding a new position. He requested anonymity for himself and his current and former employers. One hundred job applications submitted. Forty-two phone interviews logged. Eighteen face-to-face job interviews. And finally, after 7½ months, a job offered and accepted. My journey began last March, when I was unceremoniously fired as a software engineering manager after 22 years. It wasn’t a complete surprise. The company had been …