AARP Academy Launches Job Search Summer Series

This summer AARP Academy is hosting job search webinars to help you land your next great gig.  Sessions will help teach you how to find the jobs that fit your skills and experience, craft your resume so that it conveys your ability to do the job and sell yourself in the interview.  Featured webinars start this month and conclude in August (June 14 – available on-demand — July 21 and August 9). They lead  up to AARP’s Virtual Career Fair on September 20.  Experts will introduce …

Tips for Family Caregivers Who Are Considering Leaving Their Job

I am a working “sandwich generation” caregiver for my parents and son. I know the daily challenges of caring for aging parents with cognitive and health care needs while holding down a full-time job and raising a family. And I’m not alone. Roughly 40 million Americans provided unpaid care to an adult in the past 12 months. In our recent Valuing the Invaluable report, 6 in 10 caregivers reported having a job in the past year.  Balancing caregiving responsibilities with a …

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

A 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

In 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?!

If 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

Let’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 …