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The Power of Oldness!

Check out this latest and powerful video from the Australian Human Rights Commission.



Personally, I agree with Linkedin group colleague, Nicholas Gambroni, who proclaims: “Old” has more to do with how one views oneself (and how others view you too) than any magical count of time. The old adage perhaps applies: that which does not grow, dies. Perhaps “old” is when we pass from “growing” (moving forward, learning … Finish reading

Job Seeker Insights: 2013 Global Career Brainstorming Day

The Career Thought Leaders Consortium has published findings from the 2013 Global Career Brainstorming Day. What is this “Brain Day”? II’s an event where career professionals meet to brainstorm trends and best practices in the now, the new, and the next in careers. Events are held in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and Russia. I am CTL Associate Member.

This post will be the first in a series of … Finish reading

Connect With Employers Through Talent Communities

Today’s post is from my guest blogger, and career coach colleague, Stacy Harshman. She is the founder of Your Fulfilling Life, where she brings her experience as a recruiter for a Fortune 500 corporation to her work as a career coach.

Believe it or not, employers want you to connect with them on social media.  Organizations are creating talent communities made up of potential employees that are connected through social … Finish reading

Portfolio Careers: Diversify Your Risk and Income

When Full Time No Longer “Works” : Alternative Options in Midlife… Finish reading

Annual Career Checkup-2013: An Appointment with “Dr. Laura”

You get an annual checkup for your body;…now it’s time for one ON YOUR CAREER!

Is your career “healthy”? How can you know without assessing for “career cancer”, or “job jitters”?

Start by asking yourself these questions:


Does it feel like your career is at a dead end, but you’re not sure what to do about it?
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Are You Nervously Employed in Today’s Changing Marketplace?

(Originally posted  Oct. 2, 2013 on the Mac’s List Blog)

The landscape of employment as we know it in America is rapidly changing. If you’ve read my previous posts on portfolio careersencore careersfree agents, and on-call jobs, you’re already aware of some of the employment trends that can make you feel nervously employed such as:

A shift to more part-time jobs, jobs that used… Finish reading

Portfolio Worker? You Need 4 Types of Support to Succeed

As the saying goes “no man/woman is an island” and this is particularly true for job seekers and budding solo-preneurs. Your confidence and your financial well-being are on the line. Family and friends are fine for initial support, but to be successful, you’ll need at least four categories of help, each focused on a specific purpose.

Emotional support from:

confidante who can talk with you about problems and… Finish reading

Power Up Your Job Search with a Networking Resume

 Networking is simply the cultivating of mutually beneficial, give and take, win-win relationships. It works best, however, when emphasizing the ‘give’ part.”

Bob Burg -  Author of Endless Referrals, The Go-Giver, and Go-Givers Sell More

It goes without saying that networking is THE most important and productive method in a job search in today’s world.  A key component in effective networking is knowing how to educate others about your search.  … Finish reading

Over 50 and Open to Alternative Models of Employment? Become an Adjunct or On-Call Professional!

In previous posts I’ve encouraged job seekers over 50 years old to open their eyes and minds to other options for generating income than traditional employment. Consider other opportunities such as adjunct or on-call work.

Why Should I Consider Other Models of Employment?

According to an article last year in the Huffington Post, the longer older workers are unemployed the lower the odds they will find a job. Thus, it’s … Finish reading

Encore Career Choices with Laura Schlafly on Solo Pro Radio

Better, Smarter, Richer co-host Jackie B. Peterson talks with Encore Career Coach, Laura Schlafly, who helps boomers deciding where to go next when they’re in the middle of a tough transition. Laura knows how to successfully navigate career transitions. She helps her clients open their minds to their possibilities. Laura becomes a team member to help her clients find their new path so they don’t feel that they’re on their … Finish reading

Can’t Find a Full-Time Job? Become a Free Agent!


Are you looking for a full-time job in your field, but finding that many positions today are temporary or part time?

You’re not alone. More and more employers are hiring people for short-term jobs or projects.

Free Agent Nation

You can feel threatened by the growing trend to employ contingent workers, or you can make a 180-degree turn and see it as opportunity to become a free agent.

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Over 50? Tough Job Interview Questions You Should Ask

Laura Schlafly is a contributor to this April 1, 2013 article by AARP Jobs Expert, Kerry Hannon.


“Much of what makes a great job interview is intuitive. It’s chemistry between two people. When it comes to that point in the interview when you’re asked if you have any questions, you have a final chance to make a lasting impression.

Obvious questions might make it seem like you aren’t … Finish reading

Lake Oswego Review Article

Laura discusses the growing phenomenon of the midlife “Career Detour” in June, 2012.

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Marci Alboher’s “The Encore Career Handbook” is a Winner

Watch and listen to Marci Alboher talk about her dynamic new book on Encore Careers, and then read beyond to my comments.

I’ve been waiting for 1.5 years for Marci Alboher’s book to emerge from her “writing cave”, as she refers to her space where her research and creativity flowed, and which produced “The Encore Career Handbook“. this year.  The book has been published and Marci is embarking on … Finish reading

How to Beat Boomer Bias in Your Job Search: Be Up-to-Date in Person and Online

(Originally Posted by Laura Schlafly December 14, 2012 on the Mac’s List Blog)

We can say that age is relative, just a state of mind, however some baby boomer job seekers are convinced of the reality of age bias against workforce veterans. They have experienced their relevance as a vital job candidate having a direct correlation to their age. So how can the 50+ job seeker mitigate an interviewer’s perception … Finish reading

Laura Schlafly on Boomer Beat Radio

Below is the podcast of Boomer Beat radio show host, Beverly Mahone, who interviewed me on April 30th. We did Q & A on hot topics that Baby Boomers are involved with right now.

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Laid Off After 50: How Oregon Women Can (And Why They Should) Switch to Nonprofits

NOTE:  This post was originally published Dec. 2, 2012 on the Mac’s List blog .  Losing your job in your 50’s and early 60’s can be painful financially and emotionally, but many Oregon women in this age group that I work with are thinking about focusing their job search on the nonprofit world. If that’s you, too, it could be because you haven’t been able to find your old job … Finish reading

Feng Shui Tips for Connecting Passion, Purpose and Pay

I am pleased to introduce Peg Donahue as my Guest Blogger today and she is writing on the topic of CAREERS.  After spending 21 years in corporate America, Peg Donahue followed her passion and became an entrepreneur and a feng shui practitioner in 2000.  Her current consulting business is Feng Shui Connections, Windham, NH. Her background includes a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from Boston University. You can … Finish reading

Career Thought Leaders Conference: Career Strategies for You!

Freshly returned from Baltimore yesterday, March 15, I am chock full of new ideas to help empower both new Encore Careerists and 50+ professionals seeking meaningful work.

With unemployment rates still stubbornly high and rapid changes in how companies source candidates, it’s essential for you to manage a full-throttle job search efficiently and effectively.

As one of 150 career practitioners who attended the annual Career Thought Leaders Conference, here … Finish reading