The Takeaway: Number of Long-Term Unemployed Workers 55+ Rose Sharply Since 2007

Posted on 05/15/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayA new Government Accountability Office report says 55 percent of jobless older adults—or 1.1 million Americans 55 and older—have been unemployed for more than six months, up from 23 percent just four years ago. The report was addressed to the Senate Special Committee on Aging, which begins a hearing on older adults and unemployment issues today. Led by Sen. Herb Kohl, the Committee will investigate age discrimination in the workforce and ways to boost older workers’ job prospects.

Helping Others in Hard Times, it’s our Responsibility

Posted on 09/6/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeIn 1884, President Grover Cleveland designated the first Monday in September as Labor Day and an official Federal Holiday. In 1898, Samuel Gompers called Labor Day, “The day when toilers’ rights and wrongs may lay down their tools for a holiday…touch shoulders in marching phalanx and feel the stronger for it.” I had to look the definition of phalanax up; that’s a big word for 1898. The definition would basically be a military formation; who knew? I overheard my two …

Career Bootcamp: Should I Twitter?!

Posted on 03/31/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkIf there’s one topic that’s sensitive for everyone, it’s job-hunting. Take a recession, add a dash of social media (have you put your resume on LinkedIn yet?!?), and add in a lot of change in the workplace, and you have one very difficult proposition. We hosted a webinar yesterday with some good tips for you job-hunters out there – you can download the slides here, and an audio version of the webinar is saved here. Should you use social media …

5 Seasonal Jobs for Retirees

Posted on 11/12/2010 by |General News | Comments

WorkLet’s face the facts — some retired folks sometimes want (or need) to make a few extra bucks, while keep their non–employment lifestyle. So AARP put together a list of 5 really great seasonal jobs you can take to put a little cash in your pocket. One of these is a limo driver, and we hear it from real experience: 67-year old Jim Brush decided to take up the side job as him and his wife still have a mortgage …

The Dilemma of the Younger Boss

Posted on 08/9/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

WorkLet’s face it; as much as we may try to say otherwise, having a boss that’s significantly younger than you can often be a pain. Lots of times it works out fantastically, but being an elder to your manager can often lead to tension and frustration. Author and workplace consultant Diane L. Katz talked to AARP about how to manage your younger manager, giving folks some very useful tips like: Define expectations. Katz says you should ask upfront about the …

Moving past unemployment

Posted on 02/5/2010 by |General News | Comments

WorkIt’s no news that unemployment rates are high — but now that the economy is slowly recovering, jobs are slowly becoming available again. The problem is that many people are competing for jobs, so we’re not out of the woods yet. Check out this AARP piece that gives us an idea of what the job situation is right now, and where the new jobs are at, like: Mining (oil and gas extraction, quarrying); Durable goods manufacturing (computers and electronics, heavy …