One Older Worker’s Job-Hunting Saga

The following post is by an AARP member who wanted to share his experience in finding a new position. He requested anonymity for himself and his current and former employers. One hundred job applications submitted. Forty-two phone interviews logged. Eighteen face-to-face job interviews. And finally, after 7½ months, a job offered and accepted. My journey began last March, when I was unceremoniously fired as a software engineering manager after 22 years. It wasn’t a complete surprise. The company had been …

What Exactly Is Your Adult Child’s Job?

In 1993, we celebrated the first Take Your Daughter to Work Day. But have you ever wondered what your kid does in a job that perhaps didn’t exist five years ago? What exactly is a social media manager, a data scientist or even an actuary? The answer will be offered Nov. 6 at Bring In Your Parents Day, an event sponsored and promoted by LinkedIn at 28 companies in 14 countries. While Google was the first firm to sponsor a …

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, …

Why I Won’t Celebrate ‘Bring Your Parents to Work Day’

Late yesterday, I got an email reminding me that today is the first annual “Bring Your Parents to Work Day.” LinkedIn, which created the occasion, describes it as “a global initiative designed to help bridge the gap between parents and their professional children.” When I read this my first reaction was, What gap? The millennials certainly don’t have anything approaching the generation gap we boomers had with our moms and dads. My second reaction was to email my 24-year-old, who, by …

The Rush to Tweet Goes On

I find myself using Twitter more these days. I’m searching for contacts and ideas, trying to get my own point of view heard and trying to follow the recommendations of some key experts, whose thoughts and links I value. Turns out, I’m not alone. Related: Looking for a job? Why you need to go social Use of the social media site Twitter by those ages 50-64 has doubled since November 2010, nearly keeping pace with the overall growth in use of …

A Grave Matter: What Happens to Your Social Media When You Die?

Just when you thought you had all the important documents you need to know your loved one’s wishes – power of attorney, will, health care directive, perhaps Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) – here’s another to consider: a social media will. This digital estate planning document states what you want to have happen to your social media – Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, email account – when you die. Just as you need an executor of your estate, you’d have to appoint a …