A Recipe for Success: Cookies and Second Chances

Mary Jane Ward is receiving a very special present on her 55th birthday — a graduation certificate from Together We Bake (TWB), a nonprofit that teaches life and culinary skills to women who need a second chance. Once homeless and despondent over her future, Ward is excited to see where her new skills in baking, food safety and customer service, along with her ServSafe certification, will take her. All 12 women who started  the eight-week course completed it, and about 75 …

Disrupting the Way We Think About Older Workers

AARP has always believed in the value of older workers, that they can be a genuine asset in the workplace. Now we have new evidence to back that up. In the wake of the Great Recession, we took a fresh look at data about hiring and retaining workers who are 50 and older. The AARP study, “A Business Case for Workers Age 50+,” which came out just last month, not only confirmed earlier research but also indicated that today the …

Psst! Here’s How to Figure Out Your Market Value

Just how much are your job skills worth in today’s marketplace? If you’re 50 or older and looking for work, you know painfully well how difficult the search can be. Since the recession laid off millions of older workers, it’s taken them twice as long to find work as their younger counterparts. Rick Zabor, owner of PeopleStaff, a recruiting firm in Georgia specializing in tech jobs, says it’s important for older job seekers to convey to hiring officials the successes …