Great Jobs for Everyone 50 +, Updated Edition: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy...and Pays the Bills

Great Jobs for Everyone 50 +, Updated Edition: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy...and Pays the Bills

by Kerry E. Hannon

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You can find profitable, fulfilling work after 50!

Kerry Hannon's national bestseller, Great Jobs for Everyone 50+, has become the job-hunting bible for people in their forties, fifties, and beyond. With her no-nonsense style, Hannon shows where the opportunities are and how to get them.

In this completely revised edition, Hannon offers twice as many jobs and brand-new material to market your skills in today’s job market, with expert tips on revamping a résumé, networking, interviewing like a pro, building a social media platform to stand out in the crowd, and much more. Whether you took early retirement, were laid off, are seeking a job that you will love, need supplemental income, or want to stay engaged and make a difference by giving back with your talents, Hannon’s book is an essential tool.

The truth is that many companies are looking for candidates with your experience, expertise, and maturity. The trick is finding those employers—and going into your search with a positive attitude and realistic expectations. This completely updated Great Jobs shows you how to avoid common job-seeking mistakes and helps you find your ideal employment in today’s landscape.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119363323
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/06/2017
Edition description: Updated Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 49,948
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kerry Hannon ( is a nationally recognized expert and strategist on career transitions, personal finance, and retirement. She is a frequent TV and radio commentator, AARP's Jobs Expert, and a columnist for The New York Times, PBS Next Avenue, Forbes, and MONEY. She is the author of a dozen books, including AARP's Getting the Job You Want After 50 For Dummies, Love Your Job, and the award-winning What's Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties, and Beyond.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

About the Author xiii

Introduction 1

Part I Great Jobs

Chapter 1 Great Part-Time Jobs 15

Chapter 2 Great Work-from-Home Jobs 67

Chapter 3 Great Nonprofit Jobs 89

Chapter 4 Great Healthcare Jobs 101

Chapter 5 Great Tech Jobs 117

Chapter 6 Great Jobs in Education 125

Chapter 7 Great Skilled Trade Jobs 137

Chapter 8 Great Jobs to Ride the Age Wave 149

Part II The Great Jobs Workshop

Chapter 9 How to Plan for Your Second Act 165

Chapter 10 Strategies for 50+ Job Hunters 177

Chapter 11 Adding New Skills 189

Chapter 12 Volunteer Your Way to a Job 197

Chapter 13 How to Prepare for Nonprofit Work 209

Chapter 14 Tips for a Great Resume and Cover Letter 217

Chapter 15 Job Hunting and Social Media 235

Chapter 16 Navigating the Job Search Boards 261

Chapter 17 Tapping Others for Help 277

Chapter 18 Great Job Interview Tips 299

Chapter 19 Special Job Circumstances 317

Chapter 20 Negotiating Pay 333

Chapter 21 Why Part-Time or Contract Work Is Worth It 343

Chapter 22 Be Your Own Boss 351

Afterword 371

Index 377

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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, anchor, CBS Sunday Morning

"In this invaluable book, Kerry Hannon—our most gifted guide to making the most of work in the second half of life—shows 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, 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 advice—right 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 Jolt: From Trauma to Transformation

"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 at the top of my recommended reading list.”

Betsy Werley, Director, Network Expansion at

If you're feeling lost or you've given up on your job search, Kerry's new book is required reading. It will help you gain confidence in yourself, while showing you different job opportunities and how to get them so that you can bounce back."

Dan Schawbel, New York Times bestselling author of Promote Yourself and Me 2.0, and Founder of Millennial Branding.

"Kerry Hannon combines real-life examples with in-depth knowledge. Whether you are launching a second career later in life or just interested in a "bridge" job to fill the gap between career employment and complete retirement, Kerry skillfully presents the dos and don'ts of making a job change. Not only is Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ a roadmap for a successful transition to retirement, it is also a stimulating read for anyone and gets those wheels turning!"

Kevin E. Cahill, PhD, Research Economist, The Center on Aging & Work at Boston College

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