Ho-Ho-Hoax: Top Seasonal Job Scams

Want to generate some extra cash these days? So do scammers pitching these hottest job hoaxes of this holiday season: Mystery Shopping: True, you can earn about $20 per shop applying for opportunities with the Mystery Shopping Providers Association or at stores, but don’t pursue unsolicited emails or phone calls promising big money as a “secret shopper.” Those are the work of scammers who send phony checks with instructions to deposit them and then wire-transfer back a portion. What happens …

5 Things Every Work-from-Home Caregiver Must Do

I’m lucky to have an employer that lets me telework so I can be a full-time caregiver for my parents. When I do visit AARP’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., (I live in Florida) my co-workers talk to me about how nice it must be working from home. “You can wear your pajamas all day!” exudes one co-worker. “Yeah, you don’t even have to wear a bra!” exclaims another. I don’t how they dreamed up these crazy ideas but I can assure …

Translating Lessons Learned, Knowledge and Passion Into Employment

The nation’s employment picture became a little brighter last month on a number of measures, and there were some positive trends for seasoned workers. But if you’ve been seeking work without success, you may be thinking that it’s time to take matters into your own hands. Jobs expert Kerry Hannon reports that the number of self-employed Americans age 55 to 64 rose by 5 percent. Many start on this path as an interim step to bring in some income. Others …