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 …

Make These Moves to Find Work Faster

This is a guest post by Heather Taylor. Since January 2011, this freelance writer, consultant and radio producer also has happily served as a job coach in the AARP Foundation WorkSearch Program,  helping adults aged 50+ who are unemployed to find satisfying work. You can follow her on twitter at @findingthejobs, and keep an eye out for other employment-related blog posts from Heather.  Great resume? Check. Extensive network? Check. Strong elevator speech? Check. But what if you’re one of the millions of Americans …

From Empty to Crowded Nest

Angelita has landed. Again. But this time, her target was my empty nest, and she’s arrived with a freshly printed college degree. Angelita, like my own daughter, is part of a growing number of adult children-dubbed “boomerang kids”-battling the recession by moving back home while scouring job boards for employment. I vividly recall the waves of emotion that flowed over me as she and I packed the final box before she left for college and new adventures. That night, as …

Career Paths

Last week, we told you about the AARP-sponsored job fairs that are taking place all over the country in places that unemployment is highest. The job fairs are geared specifically toward older workers – and this article from U.S. News and World Report today was an interesting read! Because many older Americans are going to need to work longer to be able to finance their retirement, it might be useful to know which industries are likely to be good places …

Career Day for Older Workers

We already know that the unemployment rate of older workers has skyrocketed over the last decade. Among the statistics, this one: from January 2000 through December 2009, the number of unemployed Americans aged 55+ went increased from 490,000 to 2,114,000. Alarming. In an effort to step up and provide resources for unemployed older Americans, AARP is taking part in “Helping Experience Work@50+”! Sponsoring 48 career fairs throughout the year in 19 states – areas where the unemployment rate is 10 …