For Career Changers, It Pays to Talk to Strangers

This is a guest post by Heather Taylor. This freelance writer, consultant and radio producer has served as a job coach in the AARP Foundation WorkSearch Program since January 2011, helping adults 50+ who are unemployed to find satisfying work. If you knew that picking up the phone and talking to a stranger, or e-mailing someone you didn’t know could help you get into a new career, would you do it? If your answer is yes, conducting informational interviews needs to become part of your job search …

Networking, 21st-Century Style

This is a guest post by Heather Taylor. This freelance writer, consultant and radio producer has served as a job coach in the AARP Foundation WorkSearch Program since January 2011, helping adults 50+ who are unemployed to find satisfying work. Networking is frequently cited by career and job coaches and in job search books. And the reason is pretty clear: networking works. Why? Since most job openings aren’t advertised, already having contacts in your particular field can give you an advantage over other job seekers. “By effectively building …

LinkedIn: A Job Seeker’s Best Friend

This is a guest post by Heather Taylor. This freelance writer, consultant and radio producer has happily served as a job coach in the AARP Foundation WorkSearch Program since January 2011, helping adults 50+ who are unemployed to find satisfying work.  With more than 135 million members, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. Increasingly, employers are using LinkedIn as a source to find good talent. With that kind of reach and influence it makes plenty of sense to join if you’re job-hunting – or …

Job Hunting: How Do You Stand Out if You’re Over 50, Unemployed, or Both?

If you’re wondering about this, you’re definitely in good company. How can you make your resume stand out in the sea of other applications? And if you’re lucky enough to make it to a ‘phone screen‘ with HR – or an actual interview – how can you set yourself apart from the crowd and make a lasting impression so you can get to the next round? A free webinar called How to Stand Out in a Crowded Job Market, being …

Where the Jobs Are

The latest unemployment numbers show that the average 55+ worker is out of work for 55 weeks, compared to 39 weeks for younger workers. Want to increase your odds of landing a job in a rough economy with 9.1% unemployment? One option is to broaden your scope and explore cities where jobs are more plentiful. Among the Top 10 metro areas for job seekers: Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, San Jose, Oklahoma City and Cleveland. (Yes, Cleveland! And Columbus is in …

Jobless Rates Rise for Older Workers — and Resources to Help

How was the jobs report that came out earlier this month? Not pretty. Hiring stalled for all age groups. Employers are understandably nervous about the debt ceiling debate and implications for the economy. According to this AARP Bulletin article, older workers took a disproportionate hit. The unemployment rate for men 55+ leaped to 7.9 percent last month, and the rate for older women rose to 6.3 percent. Not surprisingly, age discrimination is a valid concern. More and more people are finding that …