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Encore Career Resources

Encore careers refer to the different directions some people choose to go into at mid-life, instead of retiring. As people live longer and stay healthier and more energized, many want to use their skills and experiences in new, meaningful ways. Others may be forced into making a change, due to layoff or downsizing. This becomes a good opportunity to reassess your interests and skills, and determine a new course for the next chapter in your life.

Whether you’re looking for information to move into a totally new career, or just a replacement job, here are some resources to help you get started with this process. Remember, our office is also available to assist in this transitional process, from self-assessment through the job search.

  • Encore Careers– has assessment tools, information on education, training, and careers, and a job board.
    • Join the Encore Careers group on LinkedIn for more connections and information.
  • Retirement Jobs.com – free job search tool for older workers; identifies companies that are older-worker friendly, matches your skills with available opportunities.
  • Careeronestop - tips by category for older job seekers.
  • AARP – provides resources, articles and information for older workers, including finding a job and retirement planning.
  • Next Avenue – resources and information on career growth and education, finding a job, launching a business, starting a new career and work transitions.
  • iRelaunch.com – information and resources for mid-career professionals.  Provides career reentry programs, events, and content.
  • Jobs 4.0 – source of actual job postings for candidates 40 and older.  They work specifically with companies seeking the experienced worker.
  • Retired Brains – articles, information, resources, and job postings for boomers and seniors.
  • Seniors 4 Hire – resources, including government, articles, and job postings.
  • Workforce 50.com – provides older workers with employment, education, and career information to help them achieve their goals and make the most of their talents.
  • Keppiecareers.com – articles, expert career advice, help with growing your social network.
  • I Lost My Job.com – articles and job search information, including webinar series, and job postings.
  • Interns Over 40 – information, intensive workshops and webinars on job search topics specifically focused to older job seekers, job directory
  • Flex Jobs – online job service specializing in flexible, telecommuting, freelance and part-time opportunities.
  • 2 Young 2 Retire – education and support to help you “love the rest of your life.”
  • Careerealism – career and lifestyle advice and information, resources to help you build a better career.
  • Next Chapter New Life– programs and resources on career development and change, by Dorothy Tannahill Moran.
  • What’s Next Midlife Career Change – group on LinkedIn (search & join)
  • Career changing information and advice on About.com - a 10 step process to a successful career change, includes links to helpful resources.
  • Learn How to Become - guide to finding a new career after age 50, includes information on career paths, education options, job details & salaries, and guides for a job search in your desired new field.
  • Senior Environmental Employment Program - provides an opportunity for workers age 55+ to support a wide variety of environmental programs.
  • Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services - opportunities for workers age 55+ to provide technical support for conservation programs.
  • National Older Worker Career Center - non-profit organization dedicated to promoting experienced workers as a valuable resource to the federal government.
  • How to Start An Encore Career - MoneyGeek.com offers information and resources for finding your encore career, including a variety of financial calculators.