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Working After Work: Finding a Job at Midlife and Beyond


Are you looking for a job? Perhaps you feel ready for a career change, were laid off, or realize that you retired too early and want—or need—to get back into the workforce doing... something...

If you’re over 60, maybe 50, or even 40 you might find the prospect of a job search daunting, especially when you see 20- and 30-somethings competing for the same positions. Well, take heart: there’s a lot of help out there for you. The following are a few information-packed books I found at Job Search Central at the Science, Industry and Business Library.

Finding a Job After 50: Reinvent Yourself for the 21st Century (2007), by Jeannette Woodward. I like the author’s friendly style, and her emphasis on preparing yourself psychologically, emotionally and physically for a new job.      




Reworking Retirement: A Practical Guide for Retirees Returning to the Workplace (2008), by Allyn I. Freeman and Robert E. Gorman. Includes profiles of dozens of people who switched careers after 50 to follow their dreams, and how you can do the same.




Rewired, Rehired, or Retired?: A Global Guide for the Experienced Worker (2002), by Robert K. Critchley. Critchley encourages readers to look inside to discover what kind of future work will give them the greatest satisfaction in the years ahead.




Too Young to Retire: 101 Ways to Start the Rest of Your Life (2002), by Marika and Howard Stone. The authors, who are cofounders of, an online community of retirement alternatives, will get you thinking outside the box when pondering what may lie ahead for you.



How to Find a Job After 50: From Part-Time to Full-Time, from Career Moves to New Careers (2005), by Betsy Cummings. Cummings inspires readers by emphasizing the value of older workers in the workforce, and gives a crash course in networking.




Working After Retirement for Dummies (2007), by Lita Epstein. A financial expert with several books on the topic under her belt, Epstein gives wise advice on topics such as managing your money and determining when to start collecting social security, while delivering the user-friendly, comprehensive subject treatment we’ve come to expect in the Dummies books. This title is also available to borrow from your home computer as an e-book.

Smart Women Don’t Retire—They Break Free: From Working Full-Time to Living Full-Time (2008), by The Transition Network and Gail Rentsch. Rentsch, a founding member of The Transition Network, touches all the bases in this super-charged volume for women wondering whether retirement is right for them—and what to do if it’s not. Her resource list includes dozens of the best websites and a superb bibliography for further reading.


Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life (2008), by Marc Freedman. A social entrepreneur and the founder of Civic Ventures, Freedman is leading the charge to get people who are midlife or older to get (or stay) working in ways that can solve the big social problems of our world. He very articulately expresses how this can be done, and why it must be done.


Don’t Retire, REWIRE! 5 Steps to Fulfilling Work that Fuels your Passion, Suits your Personality, and Fills your Pocket, 2nd ed. (2007), by Jeri Sedlar and Rick Miners. This book, gives you all the tools you need to find the right job for the years ahead. Jeri Sedlar is Senior Advisor to The Conference Board on the Mature Workforce and the former editor-at-large of Working Woman magazine.

These and many more titles are available at NYPL’s Job Search Central. You’ll also find specialized career databases; classes, programs, and workshops; career coaching and small business consulting there. And take a look at their outstanding collection of links related to small businesses.

AARP gives awards each year to the Best Employers for Workers over 50. Look at the AARP Foundation’s Worksearch website for a whole suite of customizable tools to help you along the road to finding the right job for you.


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As co-author of Don't

As co-author of Don't Retire, REWIRE! we are pleased to be on the resource list and thought your readers would like the to read the article that Michael Watson, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, of the Girl Scouts and I wrote on Finding a Non Profit Career . Enjoy the article at

Congratulations to you and

Congratulations to you and Michael for writing that great article! Thanks for linking us to it, and for helping so many people find meaningful work.

All the books that you had

All the books that you had posted were great, great dips. For me actually, it's a big dips, cause my mom have 47 and started now a career, for real she started the college in this year. And the book "Smart Women Don’t Retire—They Break Free: From Working Full-Time to Living Full-Time", it's definilly one of the book's that i will look for her! Thank's very muchh! The posts are great! I am Amanda Luz, and I'm talking from São Paulo, Brazil. Thk's again!! And sorry for the bad english '

Hi Amanda, Nice to hear from

Hi Amanda, Nice to hear from you! And, I wish your mother much success and happiness in her new pursuits.

Thanks for the list Brigid.

Thanks for the list Brigid. The days of working for the same company from college until retirement are probably gone forever. And while switching jobs and careers is undoubtedly tougher for the older workers, the younger workers should also become aware of the obstacles ahead early on. I suppose what I'm trying to say is that some of this material may be excellent reading for the under 40 crowd as well.

To add to Stephen's reply,

To add to Stephen's reply, Brigid, it's also applicable to those under 50-- especially the population of women 40+ returning to college and to the workplace.

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