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Career coach: 3 tips for baby boomers wanting change

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2. Keep your skills current

AARP offers WorkSearch, an online skills assessment system for job seekers. It helps identify the types of jobs you may be best suited for based on your work interests, personality characteristics, and the work/life skills you already have. The WorkSearch system also provides skills validation tests based on a person's assessment results and numerous free online Essential Skills courses, which can be used to help to upgrade the skills needed to increase your qualifications. Another valuable site from the Labor Department is Career OneStop, which provides more information on training programs.

3. Use websites designed to help boomers

Some boomers may not have had to update their resumes or write a cover letter in 30 years so they might need help with this. They may not have learned how to network using social media. To do all this, they should refer to some Web sites designed specifically to assist boomers.

www.monster.com has a section entitled "careers at 50+"

www.seniorjobbank.org seeks to bring together employers with older job seekers.

www.aarp.org has lots of valuable information to help seniors with their career plans

www.quintcareers.com/mature_jobseekers.html has numerous resources for boomers and older workers looking for new jobs and career-change strategies and tactics.

www.seniors4hire.com lists jobs and other ways of earning money. You can search job listings, post your resume, register for e-mail job alerts, use a jobs-wanted tool and find useful resources for mature workers.

www.wiserworker.com is a job site designed to help baby boomers and older workers in finding employment. Job seekers can search job listings, find a collection of career articles and resources, and listings of local job fairs across the country.

www.workforce50.com is a career resource site for older job seekers that has lots of age-related career content, from resume writing to job search strategies. They also have a career and education section to assist boomers who are considering a career or job transition.

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