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Great Jobs at 50+

February 21, 2018 by

Are you an older job seeker? Maybe you’ve decided to change careers. Maybe you’ve been moved out of your position. Maybe you’ve been raising children. Maybe you’ve realized that early retirement isn’t for you.

First, congratulations! This is an exciting time in your life and the possibilities are vast. Second, don’t panic! This can be both an exciting time and a scary time and we have a book that can help. It’s called, Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy…and Pays the Bills by Kerry Hannon (Call Number: 331.702 HAN)

 

The first part of the book explores jobs in various fields. Much like the Occupational Outlook Handbook, Hannon details the nitty-gritty information about the job, the pay range, and the qualifications needed.

The second part of the book is in a workshop format. In this section, the author looks at everything surrounding a job search for the 50+ age group. She tackles subjects like, how to prepare for a job switch or job search, overcoming bias, adding new skills, how to network, how to interview, and engaging in social media including how to create a good LinkedIn profile. For example, she suggests you don’t try to hide your age. Instead, market your age as a plus, “You need to be able to articulate your value. Strut your stuff.”

Hannon is realistic, acknowledging that a job search after 50 requires a certain amount of “research, soul-searching, and swagger”. She is aware of the challenges in a 50+ job search and addresses each concern that might be raised. You won’t need to read the entire book. You can choose the parts that are relevant to you, leaving you with plenty of time to conduct your job search instead of reading about it.

So, if you are a 50+ job seeker, pick up this book from Plano Public Library and discover what new adventure awaits you.

 

 



Black History Month: a booklist about business, economics, and entrepreneurs

February 14, 2018 by

In honor of Black History Month, we’d like to focus on African American’s long and great legacy as entrepreneurs and business leaders. Below is a list of books and magazines that can be found at the Plano Public Library. Click on links to our catalog to get these books, and make reading these titles a year round activity.

Magazines:

Black Enterprise

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The premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, they have provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers.

 

Books:

The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires by Dennis Kimbro “Readers of all races and ethnicities will appreciate these inspiring stories and insights on overcoming obstacles and achieving wealth.” – Booklist
Black Enterprise Titans of the B.E. 100s: Black CEOs who Redefined and Conquered American Business by Derek T. Dingle “Shows how both established and emerging leaders have used ‘imagination and drive’ to battle ‘a lack of capital, diminished access, and outright racism’ and still succeed on such a grand level.” – Amazon.com Review
Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy by Maggie Anderson “Anderson’s book successfully illuminates the roadblocks faced by black business owners and the racial divide that continues to persist in the U.S. economy.” – Library Journal
On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker by A’Lelia Bundles On Her Own Ground is the first full-scale, definitive biography of Madam C. J. Walker—the legendary African American entrepreneur and philanthropist—by her great-great-granddaughter, A’Lelia Bundles
Doing Business by the Good Book: 52 Lesson on Success Straight From the Bible by David L. Steward with Robert L. Shook “Christian businesspeople who want a solid introduction to biblical ethics in the workplace will particularly enjoy his fine chapters on accountability, enthusiasm, customer satisfaction and networking.”- Publishers Weekly
7 Money Mantras For a Richer Life : How to Live Well with the Money You Have by Michelle Singletary This Washington Post columnist, who has been hired by the NFL to teach their rookies how to manage their money, shares her common-sense ideas.
A Black Woman’s Guide to Networking: Advance Your Career. Grow Your Business! by Juliette C. Mayers This inspirational book is for professionals who desire to strengthen or build cross-cultural relationships. In addition to practical networking tips, the book features Networking Master Class — advice from diverse professionals who have mastered the art of networking.