job hunting

20+ Years of Work Experience? Explore Work Reimagined

Posted on 08/1/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkWho else remembers looking forward to Sunday mornings when a certain section of the newspaper would arrive, thick with possibilities? After being in the work force full-time for a few years, I had my sights set on a bigger city and a job at a larger company with better benefits. There was just one place to look: in the paper’s ‘Help Wanted’ section. Times sure have changed. Decades later, every day is Sunday for job seekers. And in the wake …

The Takeaway: Apps Make It Easy To Airbrush Profile Photos — But Should You?

Posted on 06/18/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayInexpensive apps for touching-up digital photos has made the kind of airbrushing artistry once reserved for celebrities available to the rest of us. Yes, we can now apply the same image altering techniques used on models and magazine covers to our own Match.com or LinkedIn profiles. But is it a good idea?

How She Did It: From Layoff to Ideal Job

Posted on 03/22/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThis 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. When educator Nancy Angelo got furloughed from her teaching job years ago, she didn’t know that job hunting expert Richard Nelson Bolles had coined the phrase informational interview. She went with her gut. Now she offers advice and tips of her own for today’s career-changers and job …

For Career Changers, It Pays to Talk to Strangers

Posted on 03/11/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThis 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 …

LinkedIn: A Job Seeker’s Best Friend

Posted on 02/11/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThis 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 …

Here’s to Older Workers

Posted on 02/2/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkPop quiz: In December 2011, what was the unemployment rate for people 50 and over? The answer is 6.2 percent, nearly twice what it was at the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007. At AARP we often hear from members in their 50s, 60s and 70s who are unemployed and want and need to get back into the workforce…some desperately so. This month, AARP is shining the spotlight on older worker issues from a range of perspectives, from those …