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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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"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

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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: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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If you're looking for a real career change, this book is not for you. It's full of jobs that barely pay minimum wage; not good paying jobs that provide enough money to live on. If you're retired with a good pension and just looking for something to do, this book may give you some ideas but don't expect to find anything out of the ordinary
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I'm over 50, and have been freelancing for the past eighteen months and when I read about this book in USA Today, I thought I'd take a crack at it. Although, the author give some sound advice in the last few chapters, but the chapters of possible jobs were not great.

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.
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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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