Why Tweets, Posts and Links Matter to Your Job Search

Posted on 06/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand   If you haven’t looked for a new job in a while, you may be surprised to learn that it’s a different marketplace out there today. If you just sent your resume and cover letter to a hiring manager and hoped the process would follow a normal course of interviews and decision-making, think again.   Today, more than ever, it’s up to you to determine how your skills relate to a specific job opening and to …

Identify Strengths and Improve Performance: Become a Volunteer Mentor!

Posted on 05/19/2014 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Money & Work Ready to help make a real difference in someone’s life? Help them change the world? AARP Maryland has joined up with Associated Black Charities to help recruit mentors! And you could very well be perfect for the program. The Volunteer Career Mentor Program connects low-wage workers of color with mentors, who would provide career coaching and professional development advice. Consider using your time and talents to help someone with a need and join this program. Why do we need a …

Free 50+ Employment Expo in Rockville on May 12

Posted on 04/25/2014 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Money & Work Are you 50+ and looking for employment? You aren’t alone. Many Americans are searching for work as they reimagine the next stage of their life. If you live near Rockville, Maryland, your next opportunity may be just a handshake away at the free 50+ Employment Expo, hosted by the Jewish Council for the Aging. More details are below: FREE 50+ Employment Expo on May 12 in Rockville! Retool, recharge & reinvent yourself at the free 50+ Employment Expo! A service …

It’s Not Too Late For a Tax Break

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand Even though 2013 has come and gone, you can still get a tax break when you file your income tax return. How? By contributing to a Traditional IRA. If you’re self-employed, the same applies to your SEP-IRA or Keogh plan. If you need help filing your taxes, you may qualify for free assistance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program. Read on to learn how. Tax Breaks on IRA Contributions The …

Spring into Action with a Career Professional

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand I often ask job seekers with more than 20 years of experience how they got into their careers. Surprisingly, most say it was by accident. Think about your own experience. Maybe you took a skills assessment or a career survey in high school or college. Or maybe life circumstances factored into your career choice. Perhaps you took what was available at the time, or made your decision based on family obligations. That’s how a lot of …

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Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work That’s how many Marylanders were kept out of poverty by Social Security income each year, on average, from 2010 to 2012, according to an AARP Public Policy Institute report. Of those, over 200,000 were 65 or older. Nationally, Social Security kept more than 22 million people out of poverty; over 15 million were 65-plus. Here is an infographic displaying quick facts on Social Security in Maryland (click on the image to enlarge):