How to write a bio or biography for your ‘encore’ career

I read an interesting article this week about the new trend in ‘encore careers’ — babyboomers reinventing themselves as they head into retirement.

The title of the article was: “Encore careers expert: More boomers, older workers seeking jobs with social purpose.”

As the article explained, Boomers are “leading a push into so-called encore careers  — paid work that combines personal meaning with social purpose — in their 50s and 60s.” The trend is attributed to longer lifespans, layoffs, shifting cultural attitudes and financial realities. In answer to the question “How big a barrier is age discrimination?” author Dave Carpenter advised: “I always encourage people to think about what they can do to make sure their skills are current and that they are presenting properly.”

This led me, not surprisingly, to think of how a Boomer looking to write a personal bio for an encore career might go about it. Here is my advice:

  • Follow all the standard rules: spelling, grammar, formatting (ie make it look as good as it sounds).
  • Place emphasis on your experience and your passion, rather than your actual job experience. It’s great that you were a director or manager at a hospital, but how does that translate into your encore career? Perhaps you have an in-depth understanding of how to get surplus medical or dental equipment and supplies to third world countries, for instance.

Regardless of what encore career you choose, chances are good you will need to write a bio for this career just as you did your previous career.

Good luck! I would love to hear from you about your encore career.

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