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LinkedIn’s New Look – 5 Steps to Make It Work for You

LinkedIn’s new desktop layout provides a more seamless experience across mobile and home – but will it make you look good?

Here’s what you need to do to ensure your profile is branding you the way you want it to – starting from the top and working our way down.

One: Brand Yourself with that Summary “Teaser.”

One of the first things someone viewing your profile will see, in the top box (often called the Snapshot), is the beginning of your Summary – the first 92 characters on mobile, 220 on desktop – along with a “See more” link. Not everyone will click to see more, so make sure those first words contribute to a relevant, positive first impression that supports your professional brand.

The truncation process eliminates line spaces, so you may find that those first 92/220 characters include words or sentences jammed together with no space in between, like this:

CATHY L. CURTISSustainability Consultant – Corporate Social Responsibility – Communicationscathylcurtis@gmail.com

To prevent that, use dashes or symbols (from the “Symbols” font on your computer) to separate the words, like this:

▒ CATHY L. CURTIS ▒ Sustainability Consultant – Corporate Social Responsibility – Communications –  cathylcurtis@gmail.com

Two: Pay Attention to Your “Articles and Activity.”

Since your recent posts and post “likes” now show up at the top of your profile, they’re much more noticeable. So make sure your posts support your professional brand. If you wouldn’t talk about a certain topic in a large meeting at work, don’t post it on LinkedIn. And if the last time you posted was a long, long time ago, it’s time to share some news or an interesting work-related article.

Three: With Job Descriptions Hidden, Make Sure Your Titles Speak for Themselves.

Your job descriptions are now hidden until the reader clicks for more. If there’s something super-important in the description – like the fact that “Analyst III” actually means you built websites – add some description to the job title field, in parentheses like this: “Analyst III (Web Development & Design)”.

That’s actually been a good idea all along, since job titles are a very important field to load with key words if you want your profile to come up high in searches for people with those skills.

Four: Claim Your Accomplishments.

Several sections that once were separate are now grouped under the heading “Accomplishments”:  Certifications, Courses, Honors / Awards, Languages, Patents, Projects, Publications, Test Scores and Organizations. You don’t need all of these things, of course. But by labeling them “Accomplishments,” LinkedIn has made them more important. Enough said.

Five: Be Aware of Other Changes.  

You no longer have a choice about the order of the sections. If previously you had Education or Certifications near the top of your profile to emphasize it, that’s no longer an option. Instead, use your Summary (especially those first 92/220 characters) to draw attention to what’s important.

Groups have not disappeared, but it’s less obvious how to find and interact with your Groups. Click the magnifying glass next to the search field at the top and then click the “Groups” tab that appears. Or scroll down to “Following” near the bottom of your profile and “See more.” Various changes have been made to how your Groups function, mostly to make it less spammy. Here’s more on that.

Advanced Search is still there, you just have to click the magnifying glass first.

The new Notifications page makes it easier to engage with post activity.

LinkedIn Posts is now called Articles and works differently in various ways. The bad news is that your articles are no longer shared with all your Connections. Here’s more info on changes in this area.   

Exporting your LinkedIn connections is now done under Account>Basics.

There’s a new messaging feature similar to Facebook Messenger with a chatbot for scheduling meetings with Google Calendar.

Tagging of contacts is no longer available, but you can do that and more with add-ons like Dux Soup.

Capitalize on the Power of LinkedIn to Build Your Brand

Despite Facebook’s recent entry into the job posting world, LinkedIn remains the preeminent professional networking site. Use it to your advantage!

Starting a New Job Soon? Advice for a Flawless Transition

Saying “yes!” to a job offer sets the clock ticking on a crucial moment in your career. What can you do to start out on the right foot, maximize good relationships and minimize stress as you make your job transition?

This post is an excerpt from my recently published book, Get That Job! The Quick and Complete Guide to a Winning Job Interview, available in eBook and paperback formats from Amazon.

A Moment for Career Management

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.” – John Dewey

From the moment you accept a new job to your first glowing performance review on the new job, career transition can be a bit of a roller coaster ride – exciting, hectic, even stressful. You get caught up in the whirlwind of that. But it’s also an important moment for some conscious career management.

Career management means realizing that although your new job is at XYZ Inc., your real, lifetime employer is You Inc., and you’re the leader of that enterprise. You

Managing “Me, Inc.” through your job transition means you’re in charge of:

  • Product Development – You and your skills are the product, and your new employer is probably not the last buyer you’ll ever have for that product. How do you want to improve your skills while you’re in this job?
  • Talent Development and Advancement – Do you want to advance within the company, or beyond it? To what role(s)? How will you get there?
  • Finance – If you’ve been unemployed, you may have become painfully aware that you can’t count on a steady income at all times in your life. What’s your plan to create or replenish your between-jobs fund?
  • Marketing Communications – Your current campaign is ending successfully! And good career marketing is ongoing.

Speaking of marketing communications, during this job search, did you find yourself thinking “I wish I had done (X) before I needed to start looking for a new job”? Did you wish you had…

…Kept track of accomplishments and kudos on the job, as “resume material”?

…Taken home copies of your performance reviews?

…Kept your resume and LinkedIn profile updated?

…Built a network and stayed in touch?

…Stayed on better terms with past employers?

If so, plan on taking these steps as you go along, so next time it can all be easier and even more successful!

Let’s look at some specific actions that will support your career as you’re leaving your old job and getting ready to start your new one.

Giving Notice and Transitioning Out

Before giving notice, make sure you have the new job offer in writing, including the start date. If you have any doubts whether that job will really be there – for example, if the company is undergoing extreme turmoil – clarify that with your boss-to-be before you give notice. New jobs have been known to vanish between the offer and the start date.

Gather resume-fodder details while you still can. Giving notice doesn’t necessarily mean the company will want you to stay, and you may suddenly lose access to your computer and hardcopy files. So before giving notice, and without violating agreements or ethics, gather up information that may be helpful in your next job search, such as copies of your performance reviews and details about your accomplishments (how much you increased sales last year, etc.).

Be clear what’s yours and what’s theirs. Does your LinkedIn profile belong to you, even though your employer helped you set it up and it’s connected to your business email address? Do you own your customer contacts or not? Disputes have arisen over these types of information.

Give notice verbally and in writing. Break the news to your supervisor first, in a private meeting, and agree on how and when the announcement will be made to others. Then write an email or letter stating briefly that you are resigning and when your last day will be. Stating why you are leaving is not necessary, but do include appreciation and thanks, even – or especially! – if the vibes are not gloriously warm.

How much notice should you give? Two weeks’ notice is standard; offering less is generally considered unprofessional. You might even want to offer more if leaving in two weeks would cause a hardship for the team. But don’t let it drag on and on. Your future is with the new company, so put that relationship first. Also consider your own needs for rest and recuperation. You may need to negotiate with both employers to get some time off in between. Enjoy some time off if you possibly can! Starting a new job takes a lot of energy.

Go out on a positive note. Past employers and co-workers are VIPs in your career network for many reasons – as sources of references, recommendations and information; for their influence on your reputation; and hopefully even as friends. So treat them well. Be willing to train your replacement. Create documentation for the next person in the role. Share all those tips nobody knows better than you.

Replacing Job Search with Ongoing Career Communications

Continue and nurture relationships with the people you’ve met in your search. Share your good news with everyone who helped you in any way. Maybe treat somebody to a meal to celebrate together and show appreciation for their support. Don’t be one of those people who only get in touch when they want something.

Update and improve your LinkedIn profile now; this is the very best time to do it. A year or two from now you may be looking at new opportunities, but spiffing up your profile at that point may arouse suspicion. Doing it now is safer, and will also help you look good to new colleagues who may be curious about you. Ask for recommendations from people at the job you’re leaving, especially your former boss. (Aren’t you glad you were nice on your way out?) Add your new job, either right before you start or, if you have any doubts about whether it will work out, after you’ve been on the job a little while. Don’t put it off too long.

File away notes for your next job search. If you’ve created various versions of your resume, gathered a lot of useful information about companies and job titles, and so on, you may want to refer to these items at some point in the future. Put them where you’ll be able to find them.

On Your New Job

If you’ve read this book, I’m guessing you work hard – and strategically – for what you want, and that you’re also smart about seeking out new knowledge and outside expertise to support your efforts. These qualities will serve you well in your new workplace.

Your first days and months on the job will be about forming relationships, learning, and making a point of achieving early wins to quickly establish yourself as a valuable team member. All of that is beyond the scope of this book, but much has been written by others about making a great first impression at your new job and ensuring that the crucial first few months will be evaluated positively.

May your new job and your career be a rich source of everything you want from it, whether that be exciting challenges and growth, making a difference, prosperity, security, camaraderie or appreciation. I wish you “all of the above”!

Want Job Interviews? Be Online!

Want to Be Interviewed? Be Seen Online!Did you know this? A third of employers are less likely to interview you if they can’t find information about you online.

In a Harris Poll survey of 2,000 hiring and human resources managers nationwide, across industries and company sizes, 35% expressed this view. A solid 52% stated that they use social networking sites to research job candidates.

The numbers may actually be higher now; this poll was taken in 2015.

These employers aren’t necessarily looking for negatives like compromising photos or negative comments about the boss. Most of them are looking for evidence that supports your qualifications: a professional persona that demonstrates good judgment and networking skills. And they’re looking for “social proof”: LinkedIn recommendations and other positive comments about you.

It’s time to get on LinkedIn at the very least, whether or not you’re looking for a job right now. A good profile takes time: to get it written, to develop a good-sized network of connections and to obtain those so-important recommendations. Build it before you need it.

If you’re concerned about privacy or identity theft, learn how to be online safely rather than shying away automatically. Here are just a few tips: Don’t include your high school, mention your pet by name, or – god forbid! – post your full birth date, since financial institutions often ask for these facts to confirm identities. You may want to post a more general “metro area” location name, rather than your specific city. Consider carefully before posting your email address or phone number. And of course, use a very strong password that you don’t use for anything else.

After LinkedIn, you might consider other options that might fit your interests, occupation and needs: maybe an online portfolio, professional blog or personal (but professional!) website. Consider professional networking platforms beyond LinkedIn.

As for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the like, although these aren’t conceived as professional networking arenas, they can be useful if carefully curated to support your professional brand. If skillfully done (and that’s a big “if”), a blending of personal and professional interests on social media can help employers feel that they know and trust you.

And don’t be overwhelmed by all the possibilities. Start with one platform. For most people, LinkedIn is by far the most important place to be seen online. Create an excellent profile and gain the benefits of a professional online presence – attention from recruiters, job interviews, offers, and advancement of your career.

Do You Need a Personal Website?

Does Every Job Seeker Need a Personal Website?Online presence is crucial for job seekers, since recruiters routinely research and even source candidates through web searches. Social media platforms like LinkedIn are part of the equation. But do you need a personal website as well?

A slew of articles in recent years in publications like Business Insider, Money Magazine and Forbes have answered a resounding “yes.” But of course no one answer is right for every individual. So let’s think it through.

How far can you go with LinkedIn?

Many of the benefits of a website can be obtained with a great LinkedIn profile. Have you done everything you can to optimize this career marketing tool, both for the human eye and for search rankings? Don’t overlook optional sections like Projects or Awards, and the option to add media (photos, videos, documents or presentations) to make your profile engaging and search-ready.

And of course LinkedIn provides a blogging platform, Pulse. If you’re a good writer with something to say, blogging can demonstrate your professional expertise and communication skills. On Pulse you’ll have a built-in user base and traffic source for your posts, plus solid credibility with search engines – all of which would take time and effort to build if your blog is on a personal website.

A personal website, on the other hand, offers major advantages.

  • More space to showcase images and other content (projects, testimonials, etc.) in whatever format you like
  • No distractions in terms of ads, other people’s profiles, and so on
  • More control over how you appear in Google search results
  • Branding yourself as an up-to-date, tech-friendly professional
  • A contact form that makes it easy to reach you
  • Ownership; freedom from rules like LinkedIn’s user agreement

In balancing the pros and cons for your individual situation, consider your occupation and industry. How important is it for you to appear tech-friendly, media-savvy and skillful in marketing and/or selling something – like yourself, for example?

A personal website is more crucial for some than others, but most job seekers can benefit from having one. Done well, it’s a useful marketing tool that makes you stand out from the competition – an investment in getting a job and developing your career.

How to Get a Nonprofit Job with your Corporate Experience

How to Get a Nonprofit Job with your Corporate ExperienceSo you want to go from selling something to serving the greater good in a nonprofit career. How does your corporate experience translate to a nonprofit job?

Some occupations require no translation: administrative assistant, accountant, human relations manager. Others may seem less obviously transferable, like sales, marketing or business development skills. How are your skills relevant in the nonprofit sector?

Let’s start with sales and business development jobs in nonprofits.

Just now I did a search for jobs with the keyword “sales” on nonprofit job board Idealist.org, specifying “San Francisco Bay Area” as the location. I found 11 jobs with “Sales” in the title, along with four “Business Development” titles. Is that all? Nope. Think about a role in fund development.

Sales professionals are well suited to roles in this field, more commonly referred to simply as “development.” A development department will typically be involved in fundraising events and campaigns, memberships, prospect research, donor relations, and special programs such as a major gifts campaign, a capital campaign or a planned giving program.

People who can cultivate relationships and ask for money are in high demand in the nonprofit world. Your skills in selling the features of a product or service can definitely be transferred to selling the urgency and humanitarian value of a nonprofit’s services.

There are a wide range of titles in this area, such as Development Director, Development Assistant, Director of Individual Giving, and so on.

Marketing job opportunities are common in nonprofits, often with the word “Marketing” in the title.

You might think marketing and nonprofit don’t go together. Think again! A search like the one above turned up dozens of local openings, such as Digital Marketing Officer, Director of Marketing and Communications, and  Marketing Coordinator.

What about titles in human resources, engineering, IT, materials management, and so on?

In some cases they’re the same, but sometimes different. Get ready to “speak the language” of nonprofit: take a look at this handy list of nonprofit job titles in various categories.

Steps to take for a successful corporate-to-nonprofit transition:

  • Research the possibilities by setting up advanced searches on Idealist, Indeed, LinkedIn and/or LinkUp.com. Read lots of job postings, but don’t spend a lot of time applying to them just yet.
  • Create a nonprofit resume. Translate your corporate experience into the kind of language you’re seeing in the postings so nonprofit human resources departments can easily see the transferability of your skills.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile. This can be tricky if your job search is in stealth mode, but it is possible to get plenty of the right keywords and selling points into that profile without making your boss suspicious.
  • Prove your commitment to the nonprofit path and gain nonprofit experience through volunteering (preferably skills-based volunteering).
  • Improve your skills and make helpful contacts by taking nonprofit-related trainings and joining nonprofit professional associations. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, these include the Foundation Center and Development Executives Roundtable. Other communities have their own resources for current and “would-be” nonprofit professionals.
  • Network, do informational interviews, and build connections to increase your likelihood of being referred for a position. Something like 75% of all jobs are filled via networking rather than applying “cold” online, and that percentage increases when you’re making a big transition like a move from corporate to nonprofit.

Good luck with your transition to a rewarding nonprofit career!

 

7 Ways to Use LinkedIn Recommendations to Impress Employers

6 Ways to Use LinkedIn Recommendations to Impress EmployersCan LinkedIn recommendations help you get a better job?

Absolutely. These powerful online testimonials are often seen very early in the hiring process, when they can contribute to first impressions – and even influence the decision to bring you in for an interview.

Look at it this way: what carries more weight to a prospective employer – your opinion about yourself (as expressed in your profile, resume, etc.), or what your past managers and customers say about you?

If you don’t have recommendations, request some (and give some, while you’re at it!).

Here are six smart ways to use LinkedIn recommendations to enhance your online presence and credibility:

1. Quote from them in your resume or cover letter.

Use very short, glowing excerpts – maybe 1-3 lines each. Insert one quote in a summary section near the top and/or another at the end of the resume. Or include a few within the experience, skills or education sections. Don’t overdo it.

2. Refer to them in interviews.

Use them to add a memorable sound bite: “You may have noticed the LinkedIn recommendation from my boss saying that I’m a miracle worker with Excel.”

Or to back up your own claim: “I really care about my clients – in fact, just last month, my client Tom Smith said those very words about me on LinkedIn.”

3. Quote a brief excerpt in your LinkedIn Summary.

This not only makes the summary more powerful, it also encourages the reader to scroll down and read the rest of that recommendation, and the others too.

“I’m honored that VP of Marketing Brenda Brown calls me ‘an endless innovator and incredibly fun to work with’ (see “Recommendations” below).”

4. Use them to “prove” your key selling points.

Let’s say the top three things you want employers to notice are (1) your track record of measurable results, (2) your advanced degree, and (3) your exceptional interpersonal skills.

Selling points (1) and (2) are verifiable facts. Point (3), however, is hard to prove to someone who has never met you. Get someone to vouch for those interpersonal skills in a recommendation.

5. Use them to counteract a possible negative in your profile.

For example, if you’re currently unemployed or have a gap in your work history, a positive recommendation from the boss can reassure prospective employers that your departure wasn’t due to poor performance.

6. Go beyond “what you did” to “how well you did it.”

It’s easy to describe your job duties, but harder to show what was special about the way you did your job. People who have worked with you can vouch for that, right there online for all to see.

7. Make sure your awesome testimonials will have plenty of chances to be seen by the right people.

Optimize your profile to be found by recruiters who are looking for an excellent candidate like you!

Used effectively, LinkedIn recommendations can be a powerful tool to enhance your credibility and get a new job.

What do you need a career coach for?

Jumpstart your careerIf you’re in career transition there are many ways a good job search coach / career coach can help you get the job you want, faster than you would on your own.

Time is money, so the investment in expert help can more than pay for itself.

How can you use a career coach?

Overcoming your unique job search challenges.

Nearly everyone faces some kind of difficulty in their job search. Are you:

  • Trying to break into a new line of work?
  • Struggling to overcome an unusual or uneven work history?
  • An older worker concerned about age discrimination?
  • Reentering the job market after being a stay-at-home parent?
  • Downshifting out of the fast lane into an encore career?
  • Just not getting results?

A coach can help you strategize your path forward and position yourself powerfully in the eyes of employers.

Ensuring your job search strategy and techniques are up to date and effective.

Applying to openings you find on job boards isn’t enough. You need to know how to do a proactive campaign including networking and social media (definitely LinkedIn, and possibly other platforms). A good coach knows how to cut through the clutter and focus your efforts on what really works.

Making networking less stressful and more effective.

Most people experience a big disconnect about networking: We’ve all heard that it’s the best way to get a job. But in “real life” it doesn’t seem to work, or it’s so uncomfortable it isn’t worth the stress. The problem is that there’s more to it than you think. Most people don’t know the best practices that make networking easier and more effective. A coach can help you revise your strategies for better results and a more pleasant experience.

Resume review, cover letter help and LinkedIn profile tips.

You may be able to write effective job search materials on your own. But at the very least it’s a good idea to have them looked over by a pro.

Job search is part art, part science, but it certainly doesn’t come naturally to most of us. Why go into it without expert advice?

Providing interview coaching, so you get the offer instead of “no, thanks.”

Job interviewing doesn’t come naturally – it’s a learned skill, and once learned it will serve you for the rest of your working life. A coach can provide mock interviewing and expert feedback to help you present yourself in a way that is both authentic and strategic.

How to choose the right career coach.

Ask around, do a search on LinkedIn, read Yelp reviews. Look for a coach with training, experience and a commitment to the field. Read their website. Then have a conversation, ask questions, and get a sense of whether this person is approachable, knowledgeable and helpful.

Of course, the most important part of coaching is what you do after the session: acting on what you learn and plan in the session. If you’ve got the right job search coach, you should come out of each meeting well informed, energized and ready to take specific steps that will get you the job you want.

How & Why You Need to Customize Your LinkedIn URL

How & Why You Need to Customize Your LinkedIn URLIf you have an excellent LinkedIn profile it’s generally a good idea to add the URL to your resume.

But not a cumbersome link like this! “https://www.linkedin.com/pub/your-name/783/23”

Those numbers and slashes at the end are random and distracting.

Show your LinkedIn savvy – and save space in your documents – by customizing your LinkedIn URL. It’s easy and quick. Here’s how:

  1. In your profile, hover your mouse over the URL under your photo and click the gear symbol that appears next to it.
  2. You will now see the Public Profile Settings screen. On the right, under “Your public profile URL,” click the blue pencil next to it.
  3. In the box that appears, after “www.linkedin.com/in/,” type your desired URL. The best URL is generally your first and last name with no capital letters or symbols, e.g. “yourname.” You might add an academic acronym like PhD or MBA if applicable.
  4. If that version of your name is not available, I suggest adding a middle initial, or your full middle name (especially if it’s short). As a last resort you can add a number. (Don’t use your birth year as the number. Even if you’re not concerned about age discrimination right now, in the future you feel differently.)

You have a total of 5-30 letters of numbers to work with (not including “www.linkedin.com/in/”). You can change the URL if you change your mind, within limits (up to 5 times within 180 days – but who is as indecisive as that?).

A customized LinkedIn URL is a quick way to add a little more polish to your job search documents.

10 Ingredients of an Excellent LinkedIn Profile

10 Ingredients of an Excellent LinkedIn ProfileWhat are the must-haves for a LinkedIn profile that enhances your image and helps you advance your job search and career?

I could write a book on getting the most out of LinkedIn, but you probably don’t have time to read it. For now, let’s just look at the top priorities.

Nail these, and you’ll stand out from most of the competition, whether you’re in job search, self-employed or simply serious about career management.

1. Proficient Writing.

The vast majority of us, even professional writers, make mistakes in grammar, capitalization, word usage and spelling. Unless you received all A’s in English, you will probably benefit from having your profile copyedited and/or proofread by a professional. You can find a skilled pro via Yelp or free-lancing sites (or by asking me) who will charge less than $20 to smooth out your profile. It’s worth it! Or hire a career coach who knows LinkedIn inside and out, to go beyond simple editing to a truly well-written and well-strategized profile.

2. Keywords.

What are the crucial skills, areas of expertise and designations your employers or customers will be looking for? These words and phrases need to be used appropriately throughout your profile to make it relevant to both the human eye and keyword-based searches. Hint: The most important keyword is your desired job title.

3. Completeness.

It doesn’t need to be 100% complete, but your profile does need substantial Summary, Experience, Education and Skills sections, plus Certifications and Awards if relevant. Additional sections are a plus as long as they support your brand.

4. A Good Professional Headline.

This is just your title and company, right? Nope. This field is one of the most important for keywords as well as a first impression, so write a more branded headline than the one LinkedIn automatically generated.

5. A Good Photo.

The online world is very visual, and becoming more so all the time. A good photo builds trust and makes you more approachable and memorable. Hire a pro. Or have a friend take 20 shots in flattering lighting, then pick the best one.

6. Connections.

The more connections you have, the more chance you have getting introduced to insiders and referred into a job. Each new connection increases your odds of being at least a 3rd degree connection to any given recruiter, which makes it easier for her or him to access your profile and reach out to you. Plus, how does it look? If you’re in Sales, Marketing or Talent Management, your profile may look best with 500+ contacts. An engineer or administrative professional needs fewer, but I believe everyone should aim for at least 50-100 contacts.

7. Recommendations and Endorsements.

If an employer is interested in your resume, their next step – very often – is to look at your LinkedIn profile for more clues about you. They’re especially interested in recommendations people have written. Ask for recommendations from colleagues and managers. Endorsements are less impressive, but still important to make the profile look good and improve search rankings.

8. Optimization for Recruiter Searches (if you want to be found and contacted).

If you want to be contacted by recruiters, there’s a lot you can do to facilitate that. Do you know how your profile appears when searched for in LinkedIn Recruiter, how to get your profile near the top of the search results, and how to ensure recruiters will be able to read your profile and contact you? I recently learned some amazing profile creation techniques directly from a recruiter. Contact me for personalized, affordable help.

9. Contact Info.

Start by filling in “Contact Info,” but that may not be enough, because only your connections can see that. You may need to include an email address and/or phone number elsewhere in your profile. Tip: Don’t put it in your first name field, or you can be restricted from LinkedIn for violating the LinkedIn User Agreement.

10. Smart Settings.

At the very least, make sure you check the appropriate boxes in Privacy and Settings > Communications > Member Communications > Types of Messages You’re Willing to Receive. It’s fairly safe to check “Career Opportunities,” since it doesn’t appear in your profile (although there are ways a very snoopy employer could figure it out).

Of course, use care in implementing all of these suggestions. If you’re in stealth job search mode, consider professional coaching to ensure your use of LinkedIn and other social media is effective yet discreet. But to underutilize LinkedIn is to miss excellent opportunities that can help you get the job you want, faster.

Resources for Your Encore Career

Resources for Your Encore CareerGetting ready to explore a post-retirement career?

Here are some resources that might help.

The Week (my favorite news magazine) recently published a special report by Laura Shin about encore careers.

Here are some potentially useful resources mentioned in that article:

Encore.org grants fellowships and the annual Purpose Prize to individuals creating new ways to solve tough social problems. NPR has called it “A kind of MacArthur ‘genius award’ for retirees.” They also publish informative blogs and The Encore Career Handbook.

RetirementJobs.com is a job board for workers 50 and over, offering employers the opportunity to become a “Certified Age Friendly Employer.” What a breath of fresh air that idea is!

ReServe matches professionals 55 and over with part-time positions in nonprofits needing their expertise. The program pays a $10 per hour stipend, so this is more a volunteer opportunity than a career – but it may be a good way to get experience at the beginning of a new career path.

If you try out any of these resources, please contact me and tell me how it worked for you!

Job search strategy – or entrepreneurship – is a little different for retirees. Find out how you can put your expertise to work!