How to Find a Job After 50: From Part-Time to Full-Time, from Career Moves to New Careers
From an award-winning business journalist comes a one-of-a-kind, practical guide that shows older workers how to compete and land that perfect job.
for example, you’re a sales manager but always wanted to be a landscape architect, take a class on the subject now to see if structuring flower beds and pruning rosebushes is really all that you’ve imagined it to be. You may realize that hands-on work outdoors, under the sun for eight hours at a stretch, is a liberation—or that it’s backbreaking labor leaving you pining for your air-conditioned cubicle. Start researching your dream career or business while you still have a job. It will make
needed. “One of the main things we see is that employees don’t choose to be in the thick of projects doing high-stress work,” says Gini Wolf, a manager at Manpower who works on site at Principal coordinating hiring for the Happy Returns program. “One of the goals of Happy Returns employees is that they want to come in and do something that’s not stressful and more routine in nature, and they don’t want to take work home with them at night.” But they do want to continue to earn money, be engaged
salary history, skill level, and potential value as an employee. Even if your ideal salary doesn’t come through, don’t despair. You may still have some negotiating wiggle room, but in the area of flexibility—leaving early for a child’s sporting event, for example. Easing Back into Work If it’s a little daunting to jump whole hog back into the workplace, you might try to do it in stages. Think of it as a form of reverse phasing, the tactic that so many retirees are using to exit their careers.
environmental, and construction services worldwide. The Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, www.methodisthealth.com A nonprofit health care organization made up of a flagship hospital, The Methodist Hospital, and three community hospitals. The Vanguard Group, Valley Forge, PA, www.vanguard.com An investment management company that provides an array of financial products and services, including mutual fund investments and employer-sponsored retirement plan services. Volkswagen of America,
and other management crises that call for objective, hard-and-fast professional decisions. The New York office fills about ten interim positions a year, compared with forty or fifty in major European cities. “This is still a new idea to the U.S.,” Sweeney admits. But it is certainly catching on. “Interim executive assignments are gaining in value these days for a number of reasons,” says Joseph Daniel McCool, editor in chief of Executive Recruiter News (a product of Kennedy Information