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Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy ... And Pays the Bills Paperback – September 25, 2012
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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+."
"In this invaluable book, Kerry Hannonour most gifted guide to making the most of work in the second half of lifeshows 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 adviceright 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
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 career transition, retirement and personal finance expert. She is self-employed as a freelance writer and a sought after 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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....Read more ›
The book is designed for people who have retired, have their nest egg and want to keep busy and make a few extra bucks; not necessarily to change careers (like who would want to change careers for a low paying job?
Overall, although most of this information is readily available online or at your local library and common sense for those in the job market; this is a very good reference guide packed in a few hundred pages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was OK, but not especially useful. Good as an initial "start to get your mind thinking" about retirement is about all I can say. Read morePublished 15 days ago by JonS
For me this book was a waste of money. My situation doesn't fit. It may help someone who has a good past College degree and a lot of experience. It depends on a persons situation.Published 4 months ago by Christine M Dunn
This book is a wealth of information. Lots of ideas that really get you thinking about what is available out there.Published 6 months ago by Mary Rich
This is a great resource. Packed full of pertinent and necessary information. Great job!!Published 8 months ago by Joanne Topps
Great advice for anyone over 50 looking to take that next step in their life.Published 9 months ago by Sharon Kritkausky