As the latest U.S. labor report showed again, older workers might have good reason to feel discouraged about their prospects for finding work if they let statistics rule their emotions.
The report offered only the slightest shred of optimism for 2 million unemployed older American workers: the time it took older job seekers to find work fell from 55.6 weeks to 51 weeks, compared with a national average of 38.8 weeks. But the 6.2% unemployment rate for workers 55 and over—and the 8.3% national rate—barely budged in July.
Good advice for older workers, therefore, could not be more welcome. Christina Lanzito recently posted “5 Must-Read Job-Hunting Books” on AARP’s website. Here it is:
Whether prompted by advancing birthdays, unexpected personal events, a job loss, or retirement, at some point, many of us come to reconsider our lives. We wonder, is it too late to redefine ourselves and leave our mark in the world? In this book of intimate narratives, Bruce Frankel introduces a host of unforgettable everyday people who have bravely embraced a new sense of possibility late in life with almost unimaginable success, passion, and purpose.
This dense and fast-paced “history in pictures” flows chronologically, beginning with the prelude to the war, and ending with the conflict’s aftermath. Classic images from the LIFE archives, such as the moments just before and after that unforgettable kiss captured by Eisenstaedt in Times Square, as well as rare government photos recently released from other countries, such as chilling color photographs of Hitler taken by his personal photographer, make this volume a picture history, of unparalleled depth and power.