If you’re still working, you may be pondering a few questions. Should I work longer? Can working remotely help me retire later? Should I create a second act career? If you’re retired, you may also be contemplating a few questions. Should I unretire and jump back in? Can I get work doing something different on a part-time basis? Can I retire happy without some version of “work” in my life? Author and expert Kerry Hannon has insights  that can help you with these questions – and many more. We discuss Kerry’s new book In Control at 50+: How to Succeed in The New World of Work published on April 26th.

Kerry joins us from Washington DC.

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Amazon bestselling author Kerry Hannon is a workplace futurist and nationally recognized expert, spokesperson and strategist on career transitions, entrepreneurship, personal finance and retirement. Kerry’s new book is In Control at 50+: How to Succeed in The New World of Work published by McGraw Hill.

She is a frequent TV, podcast and radio commentator and is a sought-after keynote speaker and moderator at conferences across the country. Kerry focuses on empowering yourself to do more with your career and personal finances – now and for the future.

Her work also focuses on advising women of all ages on how to take charge of their own financial planning. Her work explores what women need to do, at all stages of their lives, to prepare themselves for a financially secure future.

She has covered all aspects of careers, business and personal finance as a columnist, editor, and writer for the nation’s leading media companies, including The New York Times, Forbes, Money, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today. Kerry’s work has also appeared in BusinessWeek, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and The Wall Street Journal, among other national publications.

She has appeared as a career and financial expert on The Dr. Phil Show ABC, CBS, CNBC, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and PBS.

Kerry is currently a Senior Columnist at Yahoo Finance. She is a former columnist and regular contributor to The New York Times, MarketWatch, Forbes, and the PBS website NextAvenue.org.

Kerry is the award-winning author of 14 books, including Great Pajama Jobs: Your Complete Guide to Working from Home(Wiley), Never Too Old To Get Rich: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life; the national bestselling Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ (Wiley) . #1 New release on Amazon and bestseller in Job Hunting; Money Confidence: Really Smart Financial Moves for Newly Single Women (Post Hill Press) Getting the Job You Want After 50 (Wiley, 2015) #1 New Release on Amazon and job hunting guide bestseller; the award-winning Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness (Wiley, 2015); the GOLD Living Now Book Award for Personal Growth/Motivation winner, What’s Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond (Berkley Trade, 2014).

Kerry is a former fellow of the Columbia Journalism School and the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center’s Age Boom Academy. She is a former Metlife Foundation and New America Media fellow on aging.

She has testified before Congress about the importance of older workers.

Kerry graduated from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she serves on the Board of Visitors. She received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University. Kerry lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, documentary producer and editor Cliff Hackel, and her Labrador Retriever, Elly. She is also horse-crazy and loves the Winston Churchill quotation: “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”


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In Control at 50+: How to Succeed in the New World of Work


Wise Quotes from Kerry

On Owning Your Value

“…Own the true value that you have. There are a couple of things you can do to build that muscle as well – education, adding skills and learning new things. Even if it’s not related to a work situation, you are adding to who you are and your expertise on some level. And once you start learning something new, your whole world sort of changes, your brain shifts. You become a beginner, and then you become knowledgeable, and it’s this whole wonderful cycle. So value yourself. And, you can also go back and look at all performance reviews and see what the good things that people said about you, or talk to people who understand you and are familiar with the kind of work you do and the kind of person you are. And they’ll tell you things about yourself that you’re really good at, and don’t feel stupid asking them. People will be happy to share this with you, but you’ll find that it’s stuff that you take for granted in yourself. And you don’t even think about that. That’s a value.”

On Curiosity and Preparation

“You have to stay present. And I love the word curious. If you can slip that into some of your conversations, it subliminally tells the hiring manager that you are interested in learning new things. You are curious. So that’s really a little secret ingredient, but there’s so many great things that you need to do. But the most important thing is to really [prepare]. We have this ability now to research online the person who’s going to be interviewing you. Really dig deep and learn about the company you’re interviewing with, and the industry trends. Know as much as you can before you walk in the door about what is happening right now today and how what you know how to do can fill that gap for that employer.”

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