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What Older Workers Want, But Aren't Getting

What Older Workers Want, But Aren't Getting

Learning opportunities are lacking, Boomers say

Older workers are not happy with on-the-job learning opportunities, which they say exist but favor younger staffers. Read More »

Why Professional Men Over 60 Keep Working

Why Professional Men Over 60 Keep Working

Men tend to think, 'Who will I be if I don’t have my work?’

There are some stark and surprising differences between men and women who choose to work after they turn 60. Read More »

Soft Skills Every Millennial Should Learn

Soft Skills Every Millennial Should Learn

Gen Y expert Dan Schawbel has advice for his generation

The author of 'Promote Yourself' emphasizes the importance of soft skills and resilience. Read More »

Age Just A Number For New Fed Chief Yellen

Age Just A Number For New Fed Chief Yellen

Redefining career trajectories for everyone

New fed chief Janet Yellen assumes the role at age 67. She demonstrates it is possible to get a plum position that you've worked toward for decades. Read More »

It's Easy to Volunteer on 20th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

It's Easy to Volunteer on 20th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

A day on, not a day off

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a 'day of service' 20 years ago. Read More »

Jazz's 5 Lessons For Job Success

Jazz's 5 Lessons For Job Success

Jazz musicians know it's presentation, productivity and branding

Jazz musicians know all about presentation, productivity and branding. Read More »

Career Shift: How to Become a Substitute Teacher

Career Shift: How to Become a Substitute Teacher

Can you think on your feet?

Substitute teaching can provide a steady supplemental income to a job search or other part-time work. Read More »

Pinpoint What You Were Born To Do

Pinpoint What You Were Born To Do

Unpack your strengths and weaknesses

If this seems like an exercise in futility, think again — Steve Olsher has some practical and logical suggestions for you. Read More »

How To Launch A Second Career With Purpose: Award-Winners Share Their 'Aha' Moments

How To Launch A Second Career With Purpose: Award-Winners Share Their 'Aha' Moments

Play to your strengths to combine purpose and paycheck

There's no need for a radical career shift if you're looking for a purpose and a new job to satisfy it. Read More »

7 Things The Ballet Can Teach Us About Work

7 Things The Ballet Can Teach Us About Work

Work done well is a collaborative masterpiece

Ballet is a microcosm of successful approaches to work. Read More »

How To Get A 4-Day Work Week

How To Get A 4-Day Work Week

It's not as hard as you might think.

The buzz around the four-day work week isn't just buzz. Here's how you can make it a reality for yourself. Read More »

Why Workers -- And Employers -- Need A 4-Day Work Week

Why Workers -- And Employers -- Need A 4-Day Work Week

It's still a rare benefit, but it could solve lots of problems in corporate America.

It would make employees happier and more productive. Read More »

How I Hit 'Restart' After Age 50 And Launched A $120 Million Business

How I Hit 'Restart' After Age 50 And Launched A $120 Million Business

By Diane Gilman You may not know me, but you might be familiar with my jeans. Not to brag, but they're the top-selling item on the Home Shopping Network, and I created them specifically for women over 40. To some people, the most fascinating aspect of my story is my dramatic success as a fashion designer. But... Read More »

Woman Graduates From College At Age 85 -- And Gets A Job

Woman Graduates From College At Age 85 -- And Gets A Job

By Jane Gross The employment market being what it is for newly minted college graduates, Willadene Zedan would stand out at Saturday's commencement at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisc., if only for the fact that she'll begin the job of her dreams just four days later: Accompanying a local doctor on house... Read More »

How To Win An Age-Discrimination Suit

How To Win An Age-Discrimination Suit

By Penelope Lemov When you lose your job at 45 or so, it's tempting to want to sue for age discrimination, especially if you received excellent annual reviews and were replaced by someone 20 years younger. While you may think you have an airtight case, the odds against winning could be low. What's more, you... Read More »

No. 1 Secret To Getting Hired In 2013

No. 1 Secret To Getting Hired In 2013

By Nancy Collamer Does it seem like the resumés you submit online vanish into a black hole? You're not alone. Most job seekers applying for jobs online never get so much as an email in return. So how exactly are people snagging offers? Read More »

Smart Ways To Launch Your 'Encore' Career

Smart Ways To Launch Your 'Encore' Career

Marci Alboher, author of the The Encore Career Handbook, offers tips on how to start your 'encore' career. Read More »

Why Relocating When You're Older Can Be A Nightmare

Why Relocating When You're Older Can Be A Nightmare

By John Stark Two years ago, at age 62, I accepted a job offer 1,500 miles from home. When relocating for work, "You're not just transitioning to a new job, you're transitioning to a new life," career coach Paul Bernard recently said in his Next Avenue column ("When Is Relocating for Work a Good Idea?"). He... Read More »

Working for Someone Young Enough to Date Your Kid

Working for Someone Young Enough to Date Your Kid

By Barbara Peters Smith Being willing to work for a boss who's younger than you seems to be part of the workplace survival scenario for employees in their 50s and 60s. So don't be surprised if you find yourself answering to someone who could easily be dating material for one of your kids. Here's the good... Read More »

How to Get the Long-Term Unemployed Back to Work

How to Get the Long-Term Unemployed Back to Work

By Richard Eisenberg Although things seem to be looking up on the jobs front (claims for state unemployment benefits just fell to their lowest level since January 2008), the same can't be said for America's long-term unemployed, especially those over 50. Read More »

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