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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
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
Too many of these recommendations assume you previously had a good job and are 'transferring' your skills. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah
My opinion is that this book is filled with great ideas for those of us 50+ who want to continue working after a job loss, a layoff. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Salas
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 6 months 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 10 months ago by Christine M Dunn