Next Avenue - Work & Purpose - Most Recent An RSS feed of the Work & Purpose channel for Next Avenue. en Alternative Paths to an Encore Career You don't have to start a nonprofit to launch an encore career. To begin doing good work on a smaller scale, check out these resources. Nancy Collamer Thinkstock November 17, 2014, 7:57 am How to Love Your Job Even If You Don't Like It In this sneak preview of her forthcoming book, author Kerry Hannon offers 10 easy ways to do it. Kerry Hannon Thinkstock November 14, 2014, 8:35 am How I Turned A Love of Guitars Into a Second Career Former film and video editor Charles Gelber reinvented himself as a vintage guitar expert and, for his second career, opened OK Guitars out of an old train car in Kent, Conn. Here's how he did it.  Charles Gelber Photo courtesy of OK Guitars November 13, 2014, 12:47 pm The Peace Corps Wants You, Boomers! The Peace Corps is actively seeking 50+ volunteers because it prizes their skills and experience. Applying has become much easier and you can now say where you want to go and what you want to do. Photo from Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet November 13, 2014, 8:24 am Job Search: 5 Ways to Turn Your Age Into an Asset Recruiter Jeff Lipschultz tells older job applicants how to convince hiring managers that their years of experience is a plus, not a minus. Jeff Lipschultz Thinkstock November 12, 2014, 11:01 am What to Do Before You Switch Jobs Are you looking for a career change? Before leaving one job for another, take these five steps.  Sital S. Patel Thinkstock November 10, 2014, 11:29 am The Joy of Pursuing a Personal Quest In his new book, 'The Happiness of Pursuit,' Chris Guillebeau describes his personal quest to visit every country in the world. Here, writer Josh Kaufman offers his 10 takeaways from the book. Josh Kaufman Thinkstock November 7, 2014, 9:21 am Wanted: Aging-in-Place Entrepreneurs and Staffers Most people want to age in place, which means opportunities for small businesses to help them. Here's where the opportunities are for would-be entrepreneurs and employees and how to find them. Rosanna Fay Thinkstock November 5, 2014, 6:16 pm The 4 Secrets of an Attention-Getting Resume Resume adviser Joe Konop says following his four rules will increase the chances of getting yours read. Joe Konop Thinkstock November 5, 2014, 8:45 am Firms to Their Pre-retirees: Lots O' Luck A new survey by The Conference Board and finds that very few employers are helping their older workers transition to their next act. But Intel, IBM, HP, Procter & Gamble, Boeing and Eli Lilly are exceptions. Thinkstock November 3, 2014, 4:54 pm Rejected For a Job at The Container Store Bestselling author Deborah Copaken was stunned by the news, which came after she lost her job, was diagnosed with breast cancer and separated from her husband. Here's what happened next. Deborah Copaken Thinkstock November 3, 2014, 4:52 pm 5 Tips for Declaring Your Work Independence The annual State of Independence Report is out and career coach Nancy Collamer offers five takeaways for people considering going out on their own. Nancy Collamer Thinkstock November 3, 2014, 8:46 am How to Balance Work and Caregiving Responsibilities Four in 10 working Americans have provided care to aging loved ones in the last five years. While the toll can be severe, there are resources to help. Kathy Kelly Thinkstock October 27, 2014, 11:44 am Encore Career Movement Confronts 3 Big Questions At the conference, Encore 2014, leaders of the movement to foster second acts for the greater good discussed how to get bigger and stronger. Thinkstock October 27, 2014, 9:57 am Purpose Prize Winner Helps the Blind Get Hired Kate Williams, 72, became blind in midlife and just won the prestigious award for her work providing effective career counseling to others with her disability. Kerry Hannon Photos courtesy Kate Williams October 27, 2014, 9:47 am Splitting Work and Fun in Retirement Peter Millon and John Kerr split their retirement days between part-time work they love and pursuing their passions in the off-hours. Chris Farrell Photo courtesy of Peter Millon Peter Millon, skiing October 27, 2014, 9:44 am My Encore Career: What I Did Right and Wrong Judy Nelson, a former nonprofit CEO, became an executive coach in her encore career. Here, she talks about the smart decisions she made during the transition and the mistakes she regrets. Judy Nelson Thinkstock October 27, 2014, 9:40 am 5 Ways to Infuse Meaning in Your Second Act Bruce Rosenstein, author of 'Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way' explains why you can learn from Drucker, Bonnie Raitt, Alvin Toffler and others. Bruce Rosenstein Thinkstock October 27, 2014, 7:57 am Reverse Mentors: How Women Can Help Each Other Kerry Hannon talks with Ipsos Girls' Lounge founder Shelley Zalis about how older women can find matches with younger women so both of their careers will benefit. Kerry Hannon Thinkstock October 23, 2014, 7:52 am Read This Before You Cut and Paste a Cover Letter Your cover letter is key when applying for a job. Avoid these six common mistakes that could land yours in an employer's trash bin. Jill Jacinto Thinkstock October 22, 2014, 1:38 pm Why Learning a Language Could Save Your Career Being fluent in another language can help you stand out at work or find a job. Here are the in-demand languages and how to learn a foreign tongue in midlife. Clair Jones Thinkstock October 21, 2014, 2:52 pm Purpose Prize Winners: Doing Great Work After 60 These six men and women have been honored by for leading extraordinary encore careers and are receiving prizes of $25,000 and $100,000. Photo and videos courtesy of David Campbell, 2014 Winner of The Purpose Prize for Future Promise, sponsored by Symetra October 21, 2014, 1:46 pm When You Feel Like the Oldest Person at Work An intergenerational workplace expert says you should get over it and offers tips for boomers whose colleagues are members of Gen X and Gen Y. Phyllis Weiss Haserot Thinkstock October 20, 2014, 9:55 am 8 Great Apps to Help You Land a Job These free tools for your smartphone let you network, search postings and stay organized. Nancy Collamer Thinkstock October 17, 2014, 11:49 am 5 Secrets to Transform Your Experience of Aging Ed Merck, author of Sailing the Mystery, says his five secrets will help you shift from a sense of loss as you grow older to a sense of gain. Ed Merck Thinkstock October 16, 2014, 5:50 pm