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Product Details

  • Paperback: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118203682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118203682
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It's not enough anymore to know what you want to be when you grow up. You also need to think about what you want to do next, and after that, and then during retirement, too. Fortunately, a thick brainstorm of a book by Kerry Hannon, Great Jobs for Everyone 50+, can help job-seeking baby boomers -- and those right on their heels -- find work that, as the subtitle puts it, keeps them happy, healthy and able to pay the bills…. It's a lot of ground to cover, but Hannon's practical, empowering book is an all-encompassing career resource for older workers in a variety of life situations.”—USA Today

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Find Profitable, Fulfilling Work After 50

"Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy . . . and Pays the Bills by AARP columnist Kerry Hannon is a must read for anyone mulling what kind of work will work for you in the next phase of your life."
The Wall Street Journal

"Whether you need help deciding what to do next, pursuing your dream encore career, or landing a job that will pay the bills, Kerry Hannon's Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ is the place to start."
—Jane Pauley, host of Your Life Calling on NBC's Today show

"Curiously, there aren't many good books targeted at this crowd, but a strong one has just been published, written by the award-winning journalist Kerry Hannon. It's called AARP Great Jobs for Everyone 50+."
Time Magazine

"In this invaluable book, Kerry Hannon—our most gifted guide to making the most of work in the second half of life—shows how we can create genuine virtue out of working longer, and she does so in a way that is consistently engaging, packed with compelling stories, and leavened by wise and pragmatic counsel. For all those in search of means and meaning, the book is destined to become the definitive volume on jobs after 50."
—Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org, author of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, and dubbed "the voice of aging baby boomers" by The New York Times

"Kerry Hannon has written an incredibly useful, smart book for the 50+ job-seeker. It's full of terrific new career ideas tailored for older workers in a wide array of life situations, and offers very specific job-hunting advice—right down to the correct font to use on a resume. Kerry's friendly, supportive voice and personal anecdotes make this book a pleasure to read."
—Mark Miller, Reuters retirement columnist and author of The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security

"Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ should be required reading for everyone turning 49 . . . 59 . . . and 69. It provides a perfect combination of up-to-the-minute resources and tried-and-true principles. I talk to hundreds of people each year about their next job, and this book is #1 on my recommended reading list."
—Betsy Werley, Executive Director of The Transition Network


More About the Author

Kerry is the author of What's Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond (Berkley Trade, 2014).

She is a columnist and contributor to The New York Times, a contributing editor for Forbes and columnist for PBS Next Avenue. She is AARP's Jobs expert and writes a monthly column for AARP.

Kerry is also the author of the national bestselling Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy ... And Pays the Bills (John Wiley & Sons, 2012).

Kerry is career transition, retirement and personal finance expert. She is self-employed as a freelance writer and motivational speaker.

She is a contributor to Money magazine and USA Today and has appeared as a financial, retirement and career transition expert on numerous television and radio programs, and speaks regularly on money topics.

She is a former staff writer and editor for Forbes Magazine, Money, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and a former personal finance columnist for USA Today. She has published several books on financial planning. Kerry is a MetLife Foundation/New America Media Fellow on Aging. She also serves on an editorial board at Duke University.

In the hardcover edition, WHAT'S NEXT? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job (Chronicle Books, 2010), was a winner of the Independent Book Publishers medal for Career and Business Books and Axiom Business book award.

Hannon is the author of Getting Started In Estate Planning (John Wiley & Sons), Suddenly Single: Money Skills for Divorcees and Widows (John Wiley & Sons), Ten Minute Guide to Retirement for Women (MacMillan Publishing), and You and Your Money: A Passage from Debt to Prosperity (Credit Education Group). She has penned one non-fiction saga of an American Indian Trading Post, Trees in a Circle: The Teec Nos Pos Story (Teec Nos Pos Trading Post).

Hannon has previously served as a reporter and personal finance columnist for USA Today and as a writer and editor for U.S. News & World Report, Money, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and Forbes. She was a regular women and money columnist for iVillage.com.

Hannon's work has been published in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Readers Digest, Good Housekeeping, Institutional Investor and Advertising Age, among other national publications.

She has appeared as a financial expert on ABC News, CBS, Fox, CNBC, and CNN and has been a guest on numerous radio programs, including National Public Radio's "Talk of The Nation."

Hannon received a Bachelor of Art's degree from Duke University and is currently a member of an editorial board at Duke.
For more on Kerry, visit, http://www.kerryhannon.com/
Follow her on Twitter: @KerryHannon

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I may be a bit too critical on this.
Joseph Or
I like the listings of the great jobs and their pluses and minuses, especially the librarian's!
Daphne
Lots of good information in this book - well written, easy to read.
Robied

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Danute Cekauskas, LCSW on December 12, 2012
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When you are over 55 and have been unemployed for a long while, partly because of age discriminatory hiring practices (which are very difficult to prove), you find yourself with a lot of time not only to look for employment but to read, watch television and exercise. Apparently there is a real bias out there in TV land where an impression is given that ONLY 20-somethings have difficulty finding employment. Well, that is NOT the ONLY group that faces real challenges in this economy. Many of us in our 50's were told as young people that if we only received a good education, spent our time in the trenches acquiring work experience, and tried to work as hard as well as we could, we would be assured steady employment well into our 60s. Tragically we are finding that this is NOT the case. Our bubble has truly burst. This unique book is for this group of similarly aged people.

As stated in the Introduction of this book "Not everyone wants to work simply for the pure love of it. Some of us NEED to keep working for the income. Others who have saved enough to retire and choose to work, just WANT to stay mentally engaged....Work gives us a sense of purpose, feeling connected and needed. It makes us feel relevant...Moreover it keeps our minds sharp. Researchers from the RAND Center for the Study of Aging and the University of Michigan published a study that cognitive performance levels decline faster in countries that have younger retirement ages."

This book, as the author explains, is "the ultimate guide to great jobs, where to find them, pay ranges and qualifications needed....
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By KCreader on August 8, 2013
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This book recommends an oddly chosen hodgepodge of jobs that are not especially well suited to mid-life career changers. You might as well open any book on careers and put your finger down at random. The suggestions ranged from lower-level jobs that you don't need a book to tell you about (office cleaner, home health care aide, retail -- and I'm not sure I'd call these great for those who are older and less able to stand for long periods or do heavy lifting) to those with a high barrier of entry, such as a Ph.D. (seriously?). The ones that fall under the actual category of "great jobs" are pretty much those that require master's degrees and Ph.D.s. How many people over 50, in this economy, have the motivation and money to go back to graduate school to retrain for a completely different career field that they then may not be able to break into thanks to their age? Also, the difficulty of breaking into some of these careers is underestimated or misleading, such as suggesting that "no formal training" is needed to work as a copyeditor, writer, or editor. Good luck trying to compete with scores of experienced writers who have been downsized from newspapers, magazines, and other media and are scrambling to find work in an oversaturated field. (No, I'm not one of them.) BUT, if you are completely at sea and looking for job suggestions, some of the listed jobs may trigger some ideas.

The more general job advice in the second half of the book is likewise a mixed bag. It ranges from the demeaning/condescending ("keep your hand out of the [retirement account] cookie jar") and blatantly obvious (eat healthy) to the genuinely useful (the chapter on non-profit work). There is enough of potential use in this section, depending on how clued-in you are about job-hunting, that I gave this book three stars instead of two.

I'd suggest getting this one from the library and skimming it to see what parts might be useful for you.
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnson on December 12, 2012
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I took AARP's glowing recommendation seriously and bought this book. It seems aimed at folks with executive experience, more technical skills, or a great career already, For someone who has held a steady, middle management government job, but would like to do something more creative as a second act, this book didn't offer much in the way of suggestions, guidance, hope, or inspiration.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jan Cullinane on October 23, 2012
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I'm a fan of Kerry Hannon - her blogs, her columns, her interviews....she consistently offers practical and easy-to-follow advice. So I'm not surprised that I love this book. Rich in specifics, anecdotes, references, and "how-tos," Hannon provides a roadmap for those 50+ looking for a job, including part-time, seasonal, and home-based positions. She helps you craft a terrific resume, advises and instructs you on social media, and provides tips for acing interviews and conquering the fear of change. Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ is a gem of a book, and the ultimate guide for job-seekers.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Beverly E. Jones on October 14, 2012
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"Great Jobs for anyone 50+" is full of helpful hints for folks who are beginning to think about the work that will follow their "big" career. Beyond that, it is a useful and highly readable guide for people of all ages who are looking for a new job, or just thinking about opportunities down the road. Whether you are just starting to think about a career change, or feeling discouraged after a long search, this book will bring you practical suggestions and new energy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christine on October 10, 2012
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Kerry Hannon's clear writing style makes the information in this book easy to follow and enjoyable to read. Although this book is geared towards individuals who are over the age of 50, there is a lot that could be useful to those who are younger as well! Overall very helpful and motivating.
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