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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 ex perience, craft your résumé 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 Aug. 9). They lead up to AARP's Virtual Career Fair on Sept. 20. Experts will introduce you to tools and strategies that will also help prepare you to chat online with employers at the fair.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 to pay:
Let'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:
It'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:
If this isn't a wake-up call, I don't know what is.
I was poking around the New York Times' work blog, Shifting Careers, and came across an interesting post about consulting.
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