With recent statistics showing that close to 20 percent of the over-65 population is working (where 25 years ago, that number was closer to 10 percent), it’s clear that job-hunting is no longer the sole province of sweaty-palmed first-timers. For those looking to reinvent themselves and do good in the second part of life, here’s a list of organizations excerpted from Marci Alboher’s soup-to-nuts opus, The Encore Career Handbook.
1. Work Reimagined: A project of AARP and LinkedIn, WorkReimagined.org is a social community and talent exchange for people with twentyplus years of work experience.
2. WorkSearch Information Network: An online employment guide to the job search process from start to finish. Offers assessments and résumé-writing tools. Sponsored by the AARP Foundation.
3. PivotPlanet: A service from the creators of Vocation Vacations that matches people exploring new careers, thinking about starting a business, or seeking to hone skills with expert advisors working in various professions for affordable, one-on-one video or voice-over-IP mentoring sessions.
4. PrimeCB.com: A division of CareerBuilder.com that’s geared directly to experienced job seekers and retirees. Search job openings, post résumés, find career fairs, and get the latest news on the job market.
5. RetiredBrains.com: An independent job and information resource for boomers, retirees, and people planning their retirement who are looking for full-time, part-time, or flex-time employment.
6. RetirementJobs.com: Matches over fifty job searches with employment that matches their lifestyle. Provides both a free and a premium service.
7. YourEncore: Connects retired scientists and engineers with innovative companies, many of which are in the Fortune 500. Specializes in the life sciences, consumer sciences, food sciences, specialty materials, and aerospace and defense industries.
8. CareerOneStop: The U.S. Department of Labor–sponsored site includes information on a wide range of careers including salary, benefits, education, and training, as well as the tools to help get hired.
9. City Town Info Career Search: Provides realistic and detailed descriptions of various jobs, two hundred in all, with advice and essential tips.
10. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: Features profiles that cover hundreds of occupations with information on how much they pay, what training they require, how to become one, and more. Each profile includes BLS employment projections for 2010 through 2020.
“A treasure trove for anyone hitting midlife and wondering what’s next” (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project).
“Essential reading for the rest of your life” (Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind).
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