ment. “Many want to stay physically
and mentally active,” says AARP’s Di-
rector of Workforce Issues Deborah
Russell. “They want to stay connected
to colleagues, serve their communi-
ties and serve as mentors.”
Nelson believes working in re-
tirement prolongs health. “It gives
you a reason to get out of bed in the
morning,” he says. “Most of us have
a good share of our friends and ac-
quaintances at work, and we’re usu-
ally not prepared to give that up in
Rejoining the Workplace
Now is a good time for mature
workers to be in the job market. “The
workforce is more multi-generation-al than ever before,” says Russell. An
increasing number of companies are
catering to older workers.
That doesn’t mean age discrimi-
nation doesn’t exist, however. “It’s a
challenge for younger managers to
look at an older person as a viable
candidate,” Russell explains. And it’s
important for older job candidates
to be prepared to undergo interviews
conducted by much younger profes-
sionals. “Make sure you demonstrate
energy and explain how you’re a good
fit for the company,” Russell advises.
“Point out the measurable successes
And since only about a third of
U.S. employers actively welcome old-
er workers, Baby Boomers face many
challenges to getting back in the work-
place. Older workers should make sure
they’re proficient with computers,
including use of word process-
ing, e-mail and the Internet. A top-
notch resume still counts for a lot,
but it should be clean and concise.
A lot of the old rules to job hunting
success still apply. Finding specific
contacts within a company one wants
to work for and making connections
with them will often make a difference.
And don’t underestimate the importance of good health. Baby Boomers who don’t maintain a healthy
lifestyle may find themselves too ill
to work, eliminating any choice in
deciding when to leave the workforce.
Protecting your health may protect
your ability to work should you need
How do I find a job?
Step 1: Think about what you
would like to do.
Make a list of your skills and interests, don’t leave out anything—you
might be surprised at what you find.
Then, make a list of possible jobs
you’re qualified for or would like to do.
Step 2: Make a list of your target
What types of companies could
benefit from your expertise or skills?
Rather than blanketing companies
with unsolicited resumes, research
companies and network… network… network. Find organizations
with ties to your chosen field and attend meetings.
Step 3: Write a resume or CV
Write your resume for the job you
want. It may have been 20 years since
you’ve had to write a resume, but it’s
now time to hone those skills. Take
your experience and find a way to apply it to the type of second career that