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Career Reinvention

The Anti-Boomer Job Discrimination That Still Exists

John Tarnoff | Posted 05.19.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Are you a 'Digital Native?' In recruiter-speak, the term is no longer just a glib demographic reference to kids who grew up playing video games. It is code for excluding older candidates from applying for jobs deemed so dependent on their use of technology, older people couldn't possibly keep up.

It's Never too Late to Be a Woman in Tech

Molly Reynolds | Posted 05.12.2015 | Women
Molly Reynolds

Tiffany started her website for $3,000 and believes that just about anyone can save this kind of money to have an app built or a website built. She encourages women to start their own businesses and learn tech. Here are her top five tips to get started.

The 5 Traits Midlifers Will Need To Survive The Next 20 Years

John Tarnoff | Posted 05.12.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

In 2035, the youngest boomers will be 71. The oldest will be 89. What is it going to be like to look back from that vantage point? Hopefully, most of us will have figured out how to keep working as long as possible -- certainly to 70, when the maximum Social Security benefits kick in, but probably longer.

3 Steps Boomers Can Take To Narrow The Employment Gap

John Tarnoff | Posted 04.28.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Boomers are sending a signal to the new economy: we aren't 'moving over' to cede our careers to younger generations. Retirement at 65 is either unaffordable or irrelevant to a generation that either must keep working to survive, and/or wants to keep working to serve a meaningful and purposeful life.

3 Tips To Finding The Right Job After 50

John Tarnoff | Posted 04.15.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

When recovering from a career transition later in life, take the time to reflect on who you are and what you want before jumping into a new job or starting a new business or freelance practice.

Crowdfunding Myths Boomer Entrepreneurs Should Ignore

John Tarnoff | Posted 03.31.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Starting a business is a risk at any age, to be sure. But the statistics support the notion that older entrepreneurs are more confident about launching and sustaining businesses than younger entrepreneurs.

Passion Without A Paycheck Is No Retirement At All

John Tarnoff | Posted 05.24.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Boomers with the assets and support to retire comfortably represent a smaller and smaller segment of the aging population in our country. Hammered by the Great Recession, reduced pension plans, rising healthcare costs, corporate downsizing, as well as by ageism and reduced opportunities for employment, boomers are going to be increasingly squeezed financially.

7 Design Principles That Address The Needs Of The Boomer Generation

John Tarnoff | Posted 05.17.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Just because boomers are getting older doesn't mean they are leaving the scene. They are not going to be the generation that retires quietly to old age ghettos (aka 'retirement communities'). In fact, savvy businesses are recognizing that boomers are a force to be reckoned with.

3 Tried-And-True Tips For Older Women Seeking To Recapture Their Vitality

John Tarnoff | Posted 05.09.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Encore careers are perfect opportunities for boomers to combine what matters to them with what works for their business. Exercise studio owner Leigh Hometh found both personal and professional satisfaction through a career reinvention that has provided meaning and purpose in her life.

5 Reinvention Steps To Pave The Way For A Rewarding Old Age

John Tarnoff | Posted 05.03.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Rather than looking at the last act of our lives as a downward slide into powerlessness, loneliness and abandonment, we can start to pave the way right now for a rich old age full of meaning, connections, support, love and caring.

How To Get In Touch With Your Inner Hero

John Tarnoff | Posted 04.26.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

As boomers, we started off life as iconoclasts. We were the Woodstock Generation, the Counterculture Generation, the Me Generation. We turned on, tuned in and dropped out. But that didn't last very long.

How One Boomer Created A Successful Career In Real Estate After 60

John Tarnoff | Posted 04.19.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

After 35 years in the same business, is it possible to turn on a dime and make a go of it in some entirely new field? The answer of course is "yes," but when you've been "downsized" or otherwise unceremoniously dumped by your company, it is still an incredibly unsettling and disorienting experience.

Why I'm Starting A New Business Instead Of 'Winding Down'

Deborah Gaines | Posted 04.15.2015 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

Last month, at the age of 54, I left my full-time job to start a communications consulting firm. Why now? For me, there were four compelling reasons.

3 Great Tips For Combating Ageism In Your Everyday Life

John Tarnoff | Posted 03.08.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Ashton Applewhite is an activist at the forefront of what may be one of the last civil rights struggles: the fight against ageism. Her mission, as she puts it, 'is to put ageism on the same page as racism and sexism and homophobia, as grounds on which people are discriminated against all the time.'

How To Recharge, Reignite or Reinvent Your Career

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Now is a great time to ramp up your career reinvention efforts and reflect upon what would gratify you in a career. If this is not the career you ordered, it's time to jumpstart your professional reinvention so you can regain control and thrive.

3 Transformative New Year's Resolutions For Boomers

John Tarnoff | Posted 03.01.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Many boomers are facing uncertain careers as we transition into 2015. We grew up believing in a fading myth: that if we got a good Education, and diligently pursued our Career, that we would be rewarded for our dedication with a sustaining pension for our Retirement.

5 Reinvention Books Every Boomer Needs To Read

John Tarnoff | Posted 02.22.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

If 2014 was the year the youngest boomers turned 50, then 2015 will be the year for us to look ahead at the inevitable economic and cultural shifts that will kick the concept of "retirement" very far down (if not completely off) the road.

4 Social Media Rules To Help Reinvent Your Career

John Tarnoff | Posted 02.15.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Many of us in the boomer generation are emerging from decades in corporate jobs where the new world of social media may have only been tangential to our work. We are looking at reinventing ourselves with encore careers, and we will need social media skills to get those jobs.

Scared To Start Your Own Business? Follow These 5 Steps

John Tarnoff | Posted 02.08.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

For those of us over 50, that new dance is Entrepreneurship; and it's a dicey new dance for us if we've spent most of our careers in the predictable, stable and familiar corporate environment. Even if we have attained senior management ranks, the prospect of taking a chance on our own venture, depending entirely on ourselves, and forging into unknown territory is uncomfortable at best.

Learn This Boomer's Very Sensible Career Reinvention Secret

John Tarnoff | Posted 01.17.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

To reinvent ourselves, we are well served to draw from our unique personal reflections and perspective on the world as a way of distinguishing ourselves in this new phase of our lives.

Proof That Life Really Can Begin At 60

John Tarnoff | Posted 01.04.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

For anyone who needs proof that life can begin at 60, last week's Encore Conference 2014 in Tempe, Arizona was the place to find it.

Meet 2 Boomers Making A Real Impact Through Their Encore Careers

John Tarnoff | Posted 12.24.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Encore.org is preparing to honor social entrepreneurs over 60 at next week's Encore Conference. Through recognizing these Boomer pioneers, I believe we will begin to define a better sense of what our generation is capable of in the coming decades, and, most importantly, to better persuade the rest of society just how important our continued leadership is going to be for everyone's collective future.

Why 'Retirement' Is A Dirty And Dangerous Word

John Tarnoff | Posted 12.21.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Retirement has gone from being an expected right and privilege to a broken promise and a cruel joke. No use crying over spilled milk, but let's stop talking about Retirement as if it's going to happen -- or at least as if it's going to happen the way they told us it was going to happen.

How This Man Became A Boomer (Re) Inventor

John Tarnoff | Posted 12.14.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

There are usually two inspirations for great inventions: 1) The Epiphany, where a brilliant idea appears seemingly out of nowhere in our consciousness (and if we're smart, we'll write it down and figure out a way to make it happen), or 2) The Inspiration, where we meet or listen to someone, or witness an event that fires us up sufficiently that we just can't get the idea out of our minds.

How To Face The World After You've Been Downsized

John Tarnoff | Posted 12.07.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Over the course of my 2.5-career reinventions over the past 25 years, my three top lessons have been the following.