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1) The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life.

A handbook detailing the road map to an encore career; how to plan your transition, how much you need to make, the pros and cons of going back to school, when to volunteer and when to intern.  How to network effectively, harness social media, and strike a balance between doing good and doing well. “Who’s hiring and for what jobs? (Check out the Encore Hot List of 35 viable careers). A comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts guide, filled with inspiring stories and answering—in extensive FAQ sections—the concerns of its readers”.  Goodreads Review.  Accessed April 24, 2016. Includes appendices; The Encore Hot List, Sample Resumes and Bios, Budget Worksheet, Business Plan Builder, and extensive list of further reading and resources.  The perfect book for anyone wondering what's next.  Stop here for a dose of inspiration, and the tools to get going.  Print copy for check out at both locations, as well as an e-book, also available through our online catalog with LinkIn libraries. Non-fiction.

2) How To Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness That Helps The World.

What does it take to achieve a successful and satisfying life? Not long ago, the answer seemed as simple as following a straightforward path: college, career, house, marriage, kids, and a secure retirement. Not anymore. Staggering student loan debt, sweeping job shortages, a chronically ailing economy—plus the larger issues of global unrest, poverty, and our imperiled environment—make the search for fulfillment more challenging.  Beavan extends a hand to those seeking more meaning and joy in life even as they engage in addressing our various world crises. How to Be Alive nudges the unfulfilled toward creating their own version of the Good Life—a life where feeling good, and doing good intersect. Beavan draws on classic literature and philosophy; surprising new scientific findings; and the uplifting personal stories of real-life “life questers”—people who are breaking away from those old broken paths, blazing fresh trails, and reveling in every step along the way”. Goodreads Review.  Accessed April 24, 2016.  A book recommended to get you thinking about what really makes you happy.  Encore changes often include changes of lifestyle, priorities, and focus.  Use this book to dive deeper into finding your purpose.  Print copy for check out at both locations, as well as an e-book, also available through our online catalog with LinkIn libraries. Non-fiction.

3)  Great Jobs for 50+: finding work that keeps you happy and healthy, and paying the bills.

“Aimed at workers 50+ looking for a new job - whether they've been laid off or taken early retirement, need supplemental income, or want to pursue an encore careerthis is the definitive guide to finding lasting financial security, and personal and professional fulfillment. Whether readers are interested in trying jobs they've long dreamed of doing, or just want something with flexible hours that brings in a little income, this book covers all the options. In "Great Jobs for Everyone 50+," author and personal finance, retirement, and career transitions expert Kerry Hannon shows the way, with compelling stories from people who've been there. Presenting the nitty-gritty details of available job opportunities, wages to expect, typical hours, and the qualifications and savvy needed to get hired, the book is loaded with practical advice on how to prepare both professionally and financially to start out on a new adventure. Shows where the best opportunities for new employment lie”. Goodreads Review. Accessed April 24, 2016.  Order book through the LinkIn library catalog, after you log onto the Cook Library website. Non-fiction.

4)  From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: How One Couple Found Purpose and Adventure in an Encore Career.

“Okay, this isn't the way most of us imagine spending our golden years. But Rick and Wendy Walleigh -- like so many baby boomers reaching the traditional age of retirement -- were too healthy, motivated, and interested in giving back to play golf for the rest of their lives. From Silicon Valley to Swaziland describes their experiences, from the challenges of day-to-day existence in an unfamiliar culture to the joys of helping people in poverty grow their own businesses. If you're thinking about transitioning to a more meaningful career, you'll find the Walleighs' story both informative and inspiring”. Goodreads Review. Accessed April 24, 2016. Book not currently available in library catalogs, but is available on Amazon. Non-fiction.

5)  Do Over: rescue Monday, reinvent your work, and never get stuck.

“Acuff finds it amazing that people spend more than eighteen years studying and preparing for college, but little or no time honing their careers between graduation and retirement. He offers an empowering tool he calls the Career Savings Account, which will change the way readers think about their skills, relationships, character, and work ethic. He also shows that if you’re on the wrong track, you already have what you need to change it—even if your family and mortgage mean you can’t simply pick up and move for a new opportunity.  Throughout the book, Acuff features inspiring and funny true stories—not merely his own, but those of friends who restarted their careers after a layoff, an extended maternity leave, or simply the realization that they were suffering fifty weeks a year just to pay the bills and enjoy two weeks of vacation. Everyone can benefit from Do Over, from new graduates to fifty somethings and beyond”.  Goodreads Review.  Accessed April 24, 2016.  Recommend for all working adults.  Three eAudiobooks for check out, also available in print through our online catalog with LinkIn libraries. Non-fiction.

6)  Stuff I wish I'd known when I started working.

You'll find nuggets of wisdom and invaluable career advice from some of the world's most successful people; Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos.  Whether you're new to the workforce, changing roles, or just stuck in a professional rut, this book shows you what you need to know to get ahead. By learning from the common mistakes of others, you can avoid making those mistakes yourself--and possibly skip a few rungs on the corporate ladder. Quickly learn what others have taken years to work out.  Get nuggets of work wisdom from some of the world's most successful people. Learn how to get more done in less time, and stimulate your creativity.  Aim high, and get where you're going faster”. Goodreads Review. Accessed April 24, 2016.   Recommend to all working adults.  One print copy, Aspen Library, use online catalog to reserve.  Non-fiction.

7)  The Bliss List: discover what truly makes you happy-- then land your dream job.

“A practical and realistic guide to help you find passion in your career.  What could be better than waking up every morning and looking forward to going to work? After all, most people spend the majority of their lives at work, and recent statistics reveal that four out of five people are “unhappy” in their current jobs. This is an epidemic J.P. Hansen calls The Whine Flu. The Bliss List is the cure. On a spiritual, conceptual, and practical level, The Bliss List will: help you discover what makes you happy, help you identify skills you have and those you need to gain to achieve your goals, guide you through the important process of building a great résumé, provide actual interview questions—including off-the-wall ones—and offer the answers that nailed job offers, help you decide whether or not to accept a particular job offer when it comes along— even if you think you must take it because you need the money”. Amazon Review. Accessed April 24, 2016.  Two eAudiobooks, on Overdrive and Hoopla.  Non-fiction.

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