Kerry Hannon and John Tarnoff: Advice for older workers navigating the job market


What is the state of the job market for older workers? How can we better manage our careers as an asset that is part of a retirement plan? What are the prospects for people thinking of launching second careers as entrepreneurs.

This week on the podcast, we get the view on these questions from two of the nation’s top experts on 50+ careers - Kerry Hannon and John Tarnoff. Both are speakers and best-selling authors, with books to their credit advising older workers on how to navigate the job market. But they look at the 50+ job market through somewhat different lenses.

Kerry is a journalist by background; her most recent book is Great Jobs for Everyone 50+, and she has a new book coming on this spring focused on older entrepreneurs, called Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life.

John has worked as an executive and producer in the entertainment industry, and as a technology entrepreneur. His own career hit a wall at age 50, which led him to his current work as a career coach helping people navigate job transitions. In 2017 he published a best-selling book, Boomer Reinvention: How to Create Your Dream Career Over 50. In 2017, he was named by PBS/Next Avenue as one of its Influencers In Aging.


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