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How This Boomer Pursues His Passion Without Sacrificing His Career

John Tarnoff | Posted 09.16.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Career reinventions in and past mid-life are successful when they reflect authentic passions, commitments, concerns and issues. At this point in our lives and careers, we need to acknowledge who we are, what we're good at, and what kind of legacy we want to leave. But this does not mean that we have to necessarily turn our backs on our current careers.

How This Boomerpreneur Reinvented Himself With A Tasty New Career

John Tarnoff | Posted 09.09.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Jim Milligan might well be considered the Howard Schultz of olive oil. Like Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, it was on his business trips to Europe, and Italy in particular, that Milligan became enraptured by the quality and variety of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars, and the practice of offering customers the option of combining and tasting the products as both sales incentive and education. His career reinvention has been a successful pivot to that vision.

5 Ways To Pinpoint The Type Of Job That Will Keep You Satisfied

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 08.15.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

As the old saying goes: if you aren't clear about what you want, how can you possibly know when you've got it? Nothing could represent that tried and true statement more than a job search.

How This Woman Turned A Fellowship Into An Encore Career

John Tarnoff | Posted 08.05.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

For Boomers who have spent their career mostly in one or two jobs within the same industry, the prospect of flipping to a new career after so many years can be beyond daunting. It is inspiring when we discover Boomer compatriots who demonstrate that setting an intention, coupled with a sense of purpose, can make career reinvention a relatively smooth process.

A Boot Camp For Entrepreneurship Supercharged This Woman's Reinvention

John Tarnoff | Posted 09.14.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

When we think 'reinvention,' we tend to panic at the enormity of that prospect. Maybe we've been downsized from a job that we've held for a long time, or (less stressful) we realize it is time to move on and we know we need to find something else, or maybe our retirement savings won't be providing what we had hoped for, and we need to keep working.

3 Interview Pitfalls We All Fall For

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 09.02.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

You have been called in for a job interview... You've studied the position description and have created several examples highlighting ways you've made a positive impact using the skills required in the posting. You've also prepared focused responses that feature your knowledge of the company. Yet there are three basic interview questions that can really trip you up.

THIS Is How To Best Prepare For A Job Interview

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 07.18.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

This is it! You've been called in for an interview with the hiring manager and you want to do your very best. Like many other aspects in life, the key to success is preparation. And one of the best ways to prepare is to thoroughly understand the hiring manager's true needs.

8 Ingredients For Job Search Success

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 06.23.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Anyone conducting a job search today knows that you'll need to be as visible as possible--both through your personal network and your online presence. Close to 100% of employers and recruiters are now turning to sites liked LinkedIn and Facebook to source candidates, check out their skills and vet them as to their suitability for the job.

5 Ways To Work A Room Like You Own The Place

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 05.24.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Despite dramatic changes in job searching due to today's technology, one thing remains the same: people get people jobs! Studies remain fairly consistent showing that a minimum of 75 percent of positions is obtained by way of personal referral.

5 Amazing Ways to Brand Yourself For Job Success

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 04.27.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

There is no way around it: To land a job today, you have to consider yourself a product to be sold in the marketplace. Successful products require successful branding. There are five power-packed branding techniques that, used correctly, are certain to distinguish you as the product of choice.

This Can Make Or Break Your Chance At Job Search Success

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Savvy job-seekers know that there are several ways to prepare for the job interview. Applicants must thoroughly research the company, understand the competition, and be knowledgeable as to the current conditions of the industry/field.

Land Your Next Job Now! 3 Winning Resolutions to Position Yourself for Success

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 03.01.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Take pride in your skills, your unique personal strengths and qualities and your value as a potential employee.

5 Reasons The Holidays Are The BEST Time To Look For Work

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 02.10.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Job-seekers over 50 are savvy to the ways of the world... but this might come as a surprise. Believe it or not the holidays are, without question, the best time of year to look for work!

3 Powerful Keys For Moving Your Job Search Forward

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Want to find work fast? Even more, do you want to land a position that pays well and you will actually enjoy? You're likely thinking that achieving the above is next to impossible. After all, older job-seekers hear more than their share of discouraging news. But the statistics cited in these pieces are generalities. In truth, there's a lot you can do to maximize your own chances for success.

Younger Job Interviewer? Blast Away Their Age-Related Objections!

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

If you're a job-seeker in your 50s or 60s, you're already well aware that you face a number of age-related roadblocks to landing your next position. One of the biggest is successfully navigating the interview with a younger hiring manager. Assumptions on both sides of the generation gap can cause problems. However you can prevail!

3 Keys To Crafting A Standout Resume

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

As a post-50 job-seeker, your best bet to land an interview -- and ultimately the job -- is through people you know, i.e. networking. Nevertheless, your resume still needs to be top-notch; your contacts will generally recommend you by providing perspective employers with a copy of this vital document.

3 Steps To Creating A Powerful First Impression

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

As a post-50 job-seeker, you're likely to encounter a number of preconceptions regarding your energy, enthusiasm and commitment to a new position and to your career in general. Many younger employers will hold the opinion that you're feeling burnt out, no longer flexible and open to new ideas, and are basically just putting in time until retirement.

12 Killer Ways To Prep For Your Job Interview

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 11.18.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

The success of your job interview is contingent upon several factors: the impact of your first impression, your ability to handle yourself well and speak to your strengths, how well your skills and experience match with the general requirements of the position, your personality and your overall professionalism. This all-important conversation is your moment to shine.

Use These 3 Powerful Phrases To Network With The Best Of Them

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 11.06.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

So network smart and use these three powerful phrases to build and maintain your list of contacts. People do get people jobs and, with the right referrals, you just might land one before you know it. After all, securing a new position is the very best way to work your network!

The 3 Simple Words That Will Help You Land A Job

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 10.20.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Mature job-seekers are well aware of the fact that they face a number of unflattering stereotypes due to their age alone. However, by keeping one simple phrase in mind, you absolutely can overcome a number of negative preconceptions younger employers may be holding against you. In fact, you'll be able to market yourself, your skills and experience from a position of strength.

3 Big Time-Wasters That Are Sabotaging Your Job Search

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 09.28.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

One of the best ways to find work quickly is to avoid the big three time-wasters that may well be sabotaging your efforts. Take a moment to ask yourself the following questions and be as honest as possible.

Your Job Search: 4 Ways To Conquer The Age Factor

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 09.14.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

If you're a post-50 job-seeker, you know all too well that ageism can prove a real threat to your job search efforts. However if you hope to be successful, you can't allow your gray hair to stop you from presenting yourself with confidence.

4 Reasons To Heat Up Your Summer Job Search -- Now!

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 07.01.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Many job-seekers decide to take it easy during the summer. After all, it's difficult to get in touch with your networking contacts -- not to mention corporate decision-makers. So does that mean you can cut back on your job search in favor of spending more time relaxing in your hammock? Absolutely not!

10 Keys To A Winning Webcam Interview

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 08.10.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Interviewing for a job can be difficult enough, but now technology has created a big, new, virtual wrinkle. More and more interviews are being conducted via the Internet by way of your webcam and they are growing in popularity because they save employers both time and money.

3 Surefire Ways To Sell Yourself To A Potential Employer

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 07.15.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

It goes without saying that the post 50 job-seeker has plenty of experience. Nevertheless, although you're an applicant of maturity, you won't want to market your experience level as the cornerstone of your job search. Employers have issues that need to be dealt with, projects to complete, and problems that have to be resolved now.