9 Things to Know if You’re Laid Off After 50

Tales from the newly laid-off have been overflowing my Facebook news feed of late. These journalist friends, all of them over 50, are gobsmacked by the idea that their publications will go on without them. I get it — the same thing happened to me five years ago — and I’m heartsick for all of them. On the dark day in 2009 when I was unceremoniously dismissed from USA Today, I was informed that my job had been “eliminated.” Of course, …

New Book Focuses on Great Jobs for Older Workers

According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, 2.5 million workers between the ages of 55 and 64 lost their jobs between 2009 and 2011. As of January 2012, less than half were re-employed. If you are trying to re-enter the workplace after retiring or get re-hired after a job loss, you’re going to need an updated resume and a plan. See also: Finding work after 50 AARP’s new book Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps …

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 …