— Plus, register for all four job-searching sessions and you could win $500!* It’s a digital world. Understanding how to use all the available tools to your advantage is essential in today’s job market. Join Nora Duncan, a digital job search expert and state director of AARP Connecticut, and job training expert Janae Wheeler, at the Job Search in the Digital Age interactive workshop on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. PT. Learn how to leverage your experience and improve your …

— By Mac McLean Sheila Miller knew there would be changes when she moved from working for a daily newspaper to Statehood Media, a regional lifestyle media company based in Bend and Portland. She had to give up a retirement savings plan that automatically took money from her paycheck. Miller, 37, didn’t think she would miss this benefit until she realized how much her plan at the newspaper had helped her save. Then her new employer signed up with OregonSaves, a …

— From the elegant photography and art adorning the walls of her house in Portland’s Mt. Tabor neighborhood to the beautiful and charming aesthetic of her lush, green backyard it’s evident that style and design inform each aspect of Chris Pero’s life. At 44, Chris is one of the youngest Encore Entrepreneurs profiled for this series. She’s also unique among many in the field of Encore Entrepreneurs in that her commercial framing and design business, Pero Design, is a natural extension …

— Join us for free webinars and connect with top employers looking to hire experienced workers You have valuable experience. So why not connect with the hiring employers who value experienced workers like you? Sign up today for the LIVE Online Career Fair on Thursday, September 14 at 3:00 pm PT, and get ready to reintroduce yourself to new employers and refresh your job skills. This nationwide online event helps you do things like:  Click on the Interactive Online Career Fair Map …

— Painted on the wall of the For The Love of Dogs training room is the saying, “A Dog’s Tail Never Lies.” Beneath it, Cocoa, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, looks up intently, at her “mom.” True to Pavlov’s theory, Cocoa’s tail wags patiently and enthusiastically as she awaits the forthcoming treat  she’ll be rewarded for good behavior following the sound of dog trainer, Cheryl Flemming’s “click.” The “Clicker Method” is the method of training Cheryl uses in her workshops and …

— Being safe online is important every day. There may be days devoted to internet security awareness, but you need to be careful every time you go online. Do you know what it takes to be safe online? You probably connect daily to get information, shop, socialize, or work. Every time you go online, you need to avoid the risk of theft or fraud. Here are some tips to use while visiting the Social Security website and the other websites you …

— Social Security continues to evaluate and improve how we protect what’s important to you. We take this responsibility seriously, and we have a robust cyber security program in place to help protect the personal information you entrust to us. Adding additional security measures to safeguard your personal information — but making them easy to use — is a vital part of keeping you safe and secure. Most people who do business with us online use our my Social Security portal, …

— Recherché, a French word meaning of rare quality or elegance aptly describes Encore Entrepreneur, Pamela Burkland, and the line of one-of-a-kind, handmade bags and wearable art she produces. Recherché specializes in bags that illustrate an east meets west design: the bags are made from vintage Japanese Obi, or sashes traditionally worn by both Japanese men and women. A typical obi can measure around 14 feet by 12 inches wide, and may have ornate traditional patterns on one or both sides. …

— Summer is here and millions of vacationers are packing their bags to visit a new locale and soak up some sunshine. You might be traveling quite a ways. You’re used to staying connected to important information like your bank accounts and social networks, especially on the go. Social Security is there in the same way — easily accessible when you’re away from your home or office. When you’re going on vacation and want to be sure your Social Security benefits …

— Her company was sold. Then it was reorganized. And finally her position was eliminated. At age 70 Anne Hudson found herself unemployed and with few options to re-enter the workforce. She sought assistance from the Oregon Employment Department to help her in finding a similar job with comparable pay, but not long after she realized that the chances of that happening for someone with her profile were slim. She needed a new plan. A year later, at home in the …