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Getting the Job You Want After 50 For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-119-02284-8
360 pages
August 2015
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Your guide to navigating today's workplace and snagging that perfect job

Whether you're searching for a new job by choice or necessity, consider this book your life raft. You'll find all the resources you need to job-hunt—from building an online presence and revitalizing your résumé to negotiating a salary and landing that job!

  • The power of people — harness the power of the people you know — friends and family, former colleagues, social media contacts, and more — to network your way to your next job
  • Mirror, mirror on the wall — rehab your résumé and cover letter, build a positive online presence, acquire social media street smarts, and market yourself on LinkedIn
  • Hang your own shingle — join the growing ranks of the self-employed with advice on launching your own business, working as a freelancer, turning a hobby into a profit, and cashing in on your natural gifts
  • Scope it out — discover which jobs are in demand and expected to grow, what they pay, and whether you're qualified
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Finding a Job After 50 5

Chapter 1: Scoping Out Your Prospects 7

Chapter 2: Using Skills to Your Advantage 31

Chapter 3: Harnessing the Power of Other People 47

Chapter 4: Tackling Common Financial Issues 69

Part II: Launching Your Job Search 85

Chapter 5: Scoping Out Promising Job Markets 87

Chapter 6: Joining the Growing Ranks of the Self ]Employed 115

Chapter 7: Dealing with Special Circumstances 141

Part III: Marketing Yourself 155

Chapter 8: Rehabbing Your Résumé and Cover Letter 157

Chapter 9: Creating a Strong Online Presence 179

Chapter 10: Marketing Yourself on LinkedIn 205

Chapter 11: Clearing the Application Hurdle 229

Part IV: Taking the Stage: The Interview and Its Aftermath 241

Chapter 12: Prepping for a Job Interview 243

Chapter 13: Acing Your Job Interview 263

Chapter 14: Negotiating for What You Want 279

Part V: The Part of Tens 299

Chapter 15: Ten Great Jobs for Workers Over 50 301

Chapter 16: Ten Common Interview Questions Answered 307

Chapter 17: Ten Steps for Career Changers 313

Index 321

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Author Information

Kerry Hannon (kerryhannon.com) is a nationally recognized authority on career transitions and retirement, a frequent TV and radio commentator, and author of numerous books, including Love Your Job (Wiley/AARP), What's Next? (Berkley Trade/AARP), and Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ (Wiley/AARP). Hannon is AARP's Jobs Expert and a regular contributor to The New York Times, Forbes, and Money magazine.

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Press Release

September 16, 2015
Wiley and AARP Release Getting the Job You Want After 50 For Dummies

Wiley and AARP today announce Getting the Job You Want After 50 For Dummies® (Wiley, 978-1-119-02284-8, August 2015, US $22.99) by AARP Jobs Expert Kerry Hannon.  More Americans are remaining in the workforce after age 50, and this book will provide readers with resources needed to update their resumes, give great interviews and help snag jobs in areas they are passionate about.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the percentage of workers ages 50+ will increase from 19.5 percent to 25.2 percent of the labor force from 2010 to 2020 -- a growth rate greater than any other working age group. Encore careers have become an interest to a growing number of Americans. Currently, more than 40 million Americans are either involved in or considering an encore career. Whether searching for a new career by choice or necessity, AARP’s Getting the Job You Want After 50 For Dummieswill serve as a useful guide for those seeking a career after 50.

Hannon, a nationally-recognized authority on career transitions and retirement, said:  “­In Getting the Job You Want After 50 For Dummies, I help 50-plus workers shift their attitude about job hunting from apprehension to one of hope and possibility and show a few simple ways to rev up the job-search mojo to today’s new workplace reality.”

Wiley’s AARP-branded titles fulfill the AARP promise of providing people 50+ with the know-how to accomplish a task while offering insight on how the new knowledge fosters lifelong growth and improves quality of life. These titles contain examples, ideas, and human interest stories, as well as useful take-away skills that inspire and empower the 50+ reader and enhance and reinforce AARP’s role as a “trusted advisor.”

AARP’s Getting the Job You Want After 50 For Dummiesis now available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a full list of retailers, visit www.dummies.com/buy/9781119022848. To request a review copy or author interview, contact Chantal Kowalski at ckowalski@wiley.com.


About the author:

Kerry Hannon is a nationally recognized authority on career transitions and retirement, a frequent TV and radio commentator, and author of numerous books, including Love Your Job (Wiley/AARP), What's Next? (Berkley Trade/AARP), and Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ (Wiley/AARP). Hannon is AARP's Jobs Expert and a regular contributor to The New York Times, Forbes, and Money magazine.


About For Dummies®

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About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

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