Labor Day is No Picnic for the Unemployed

Labor Day isn’t the easiest holiday for the millions of folks who are unemployed. For family and friends of people who are jobless, being unsure of what to say – or not say – is tough as well (the link has some good advice). It’s an especially difficult time for people who haven’t had to job-hunt in years, and for workers with multiple decades of experience who often face age bias. AARP has resources to help on topics from decoding job …

Turbo-Charge Your Job Search with LinkedIn Groups

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. Are you already one of 150 million current LinkedIn users? If so, good for you. If not, there are more reasons than ever to join. Some recent figures on social media use for job hunting (via The Degree 360) underscore why being part of LinkedIn is so …

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 …