Looking for a job is tough at any age. When you're over 50, it's even tougher. The median length of unemployment for job seekers 55 and older was 35 weeks last year, compared with 26 weeks for younger workers.
To land a job today, you must be well versed in social media: Are you sending out a steady stream of tweets? Updating your Facebook account? Writing a blog? Are you prepared to be interviewed by a manager who may be several decades younger than you?
The books listed below deserve a place on the bookshelf — or e-reader — of every job-hunting boomer. Each one guides you through the new employment landscape with its own mix of inspiration, advice and true tales from the trenches.
Don't Retire, REWIRE!
by Jeri Sedlar and Rick Miners
$12.89 hardback, $15.99 e-book
The exclamation point and shouty capital letters in the book's title are no accident: Sedlar and Miners are excited to tell you how to channel your energy and experience to find work that is financially and emotionally satisfying. The coauthors include case studies, ways to determine your "hidden drivers" (what turns you on, workwise), networking tips and online resources.
AARP Crash Course in Finding the Work You Love: The Essential Guide to Reinventing Your Life
by Samuel Greengard
Greengard offers a practical guide to "recareering," with concise advice such as "6 steps to an effective cover letter" and interviewing strategies, including how to handle "Gotcha" questions. The author's social-networking tips include starting a blog; he then lists his own favorite blogs that focus on career change.
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