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This list of 100+ great resources is for boomers (and others) interested in fun, flexible and fulfilling second-act careers. There are lots of other “best-of” career lists out there, but as far as I know, this is the first and only one to focus on flexible, part-time and entrepreneurial options. So if you’re done with the “big” job and are eager to profit from your passions on a part-time basis, this is the list for you.
Of course, there is no way I could include every outstanding resource, so if you feel that a worthy resource has been left off this list, please do let me know by leaving a note in the comments section below.
“Selfish employment is when you have at least enough financial security and independence to be able to do whatever the heck you want to do for a living, regardless of how much you might, or might not, earn from doing it.” – Jeff Yeager
I’ve long maintained that having financial flexibility is now of the single most important factors impacting your second-act career choices.That’s why I took time this past weekend to read, How to Retire the Cheapskate way: The Ultimate Cheapskate Guide to a Better, Earlier, Happier Retirement by Jeff Yeager.
I’m glad I did.
It’s been exactly one month since Second-Act Careers hit the market, and wow, what a month it has been! I want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who purchased the book or told others about it – I am ever so grateful for your support.
As you can see from my expression in the photo, it is still such a thrill for me every time I go into a bookstore and see the book on display. I suspect it will get old at some point, but for now, I am savoring the moment.
I read a lot of career books. So when I was asked to review Job Searching With Social Media for Dummies by Joshua Waldman, I agreed to do so, even though I figured I wouldn't learn much that I didn't already know on this hot topic. I am happy to report that I was wrong. Contrary to my initial assumption, I learned quite a bit, and I think you will too.
There are several reasons why I found this book refreshingly useful:
Comprehensive: Social Media is a BIG topic. Waldman does an outstanding job of presenting all the major social media platforms: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Google, without overwhelming the reader. While there are already many useful books that cover each of the individual social media platforms, this book covers all the big players in one well-written reference guide.
Easy-to-Understand (Without Making You Feel Like a Dummy): I read articles about this subject all the time but I still have a hard time understanding it all. Waldman simplified it for me. He skillfully balances the basics with more advanced tips, strategies and ideas for people ready to ramp-up their social media activities a notch.
Balanced: People who are really into social media often forget that these tools are not the "end all, be all" of the job search process. Waldman understands the importance of having a balanced job search that successfully blends the high-tech with high-touch. While the main topic of this book is social media, the author includes lots of helpful information about the other strategies needed for a successful job search outcome.
Bottom line? I highly recommend this book for both novice and seasoned job-seekers. Practical, timely and easy-to-digest, this one is a winner!
There are hundreds of books about career reinvention on the market and many of them are quite good. It’s hard to pick my favorites, but these six are right at the top of my list:
- Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D Tieger and Barbara Tieger: This book helps you make the link between your unique personality traits and possible career options. Includes information on today’s most popular new career tracks and insights into how your personality impacts career choice.
- Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life Author Richard Leider has a number of books and I am a fan of them all. However, this book is particularly well suited to boomers who find themselves at a crossroads as they begin to contemplate the “retirement” years.
- Strategies for Successful Career Change: Finding Your Very Best Next Work Life by Martha Mangelsdorf: This book offers practical, tried-and-true strategies for navigating a successful career reinvention. Includes many helpful resources and inspirational success stories.
- Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want If I could pick one “must-read” book for my clients, this would be it. Author Barbara Sher has a magical way of getting you to see how to turn your dreams into reality. She has a number of excellent books on career reinvention — highly recommend them all!
- Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life by Marc Freedman: If you are interested in doing “work that matters” this book will inspire, educate and inform. I loved reading the profiles of mid-life career changers who have successfully transitioned into a wide range of non-profit careers.
- What’s Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job by Kerry Hannon: Filled with interesting second-act stories from people who have reinvented their careers mid-life (and includes a number of helpful tips, strategies and resources.)