Hiring a career coach to launch ‘You 2.0’

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Tired of the nine-to-five grind? Dream of applying your old skill set to new adventures or exploring that job path you didn’t take all those years ago?

Sounds like you’re primed for an encore career.

But before you start combing the job listings on LinkedIn, Monster and RetiredBrains.com, consider enlisting the help of a career matchmaker.

Online and face-to-face career coaches have blossomed as the nation’s 76 million baby boomers boogaloo toward retirement. Tapping into their expertise can save you valuable time by zeroing in on the job you really want rather than those you only think you do.

David Reile, a Maryland-based career coach with AARP’s new Life Reimagined initiative, says an encore career move at 50 or 60 bears little resemblance to your post-graduate job hunt back when disco was king.

“Most baby boomers never set foot in their college or university’s career guidance center, so they’ve never really done the introspection or focused on what is possible,” he says. “Now that they’re older, well-established and able to take the time to explore what’s next, finding a coach or career counselor can be a real eye-opener.”

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