I am grateful to many people for their assistance, support, and knowledge.

I send a special wave to my 50+ workers who shared their stories, motivation, and valuable time with me.

I owe boundless gratitude to the career and transition experts who gladly offered thoughtful guidance. These include’s Marc Freedman and the team’s Marci Alboher and Stefanie Weiss, The Transition Network Executive Director Betsy Werley, Nicholas Lore, Maggie Mistal, Patricia DiVecchio, Dorian Mintzer, Roberta Taylor, Tony Beshara, Beverly Jones, Miriam Salpeter, Mary Bleiberg, and Laura Gassner Otting.

My Great Jobs column, which has appeared at since 2010, would not have become a reality without the vision and skilled editorial touch of Mike DeSenne, who tapped me to write the column in the belief that this kind of job help was precisely what AARP members were craving in a tough job market.

The indomitable Tara Coates, editor at, has been my column’s chief strategist, cheerleader, and editor extraordinaire since May 2011. My heartfelt thanks, Tara, for your great editorial judgment, support, cool patience, and keen sense of how the system works and making me smile when I’m crashing deadlines.

If not for Forbes media Vice President and Investing Editor Matt Schifrin and Executive Editor and Washington Bureau Chief Janet Novack, my Second Verse column would not have taken flight on back in November 2010. Nor would I be back writing for ...

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