FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - CONNECT SECTION
Here are the answers to some common questions about connecting with others interested in encore careers.
- How do I access my profile on Encore.org?
- What is social networking?
- I’m hesitant to make my personal information public. What assurances can you give me?
- What kinds of online community groups does Encore.org offer?
- What is the difference between Encore.org’s online communities and local organizations?
- Do you have any rules about what can and can’t be posted on Encore.org?
- How can I get involved?
- How can I connect with others who share my interests on Encore.org?
- How can I find someone to help me find an encore career in a certain field?
- I’m having technical difficulties. Whom should I contact?
How do I access my profile on Encore.org?
To access your profile, click on your name in the upper right-hand corner of any page. If you are not logged in, you will need to log in first.
How do I edit my issues in my profile?
Click on “Edit my profile,” scroll down the page and check one or more of the boxes next to the issues and topics that interest you.
Choosing issues will also help you easily subscribe to emails about new content that you are interested in.
(See SUBSCRIPTION tab after you have clicked the EDIT tab in your profile.)
What is social networking?
Social networking is the interaction between people who share common interests through online networks they’ve built or joined on the Internet. Encore.org's online communities are social networks. Other social networks include Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube and Twitter. On each one, people join together online for a common goal.
How do I update my Social Networks listing?
Part of being in the Encore community is letting others know all the ways you tell the world about your persuit of an encore career. Encore.org lets you do this through the "MY SOCIAL NETWORK" panel.
- To get started first sign-in, then click your username in the upper left-hand
corner of the page. This gets you to your Profile View.
- Now we're going to into the Edit View. Click the "Edit" tab, located at the
top of the page (below the Encore Careers slogan)
- Once in the edit view click "Edit Issues"
- Now scroll down until you reach the panel titled "MY SOCIAL NETWORK". Within
the boxes you can now type or paste in the URL for your social networks.
- When you're done updating your networks be sure to hit the "SAVE" button.
This now posts links to your other social networks to your Encore.org profile.
I’m hesitant to make my personal information public. What assurances can you give me?
What kinds of online community groups does Encore.org offer?
There are many ways to connect with like-minded people who support encore careers online. Start by visiting Encore.org’s online community groups, where Encore.org members discuss a wide variety of topics ranging from training recommendations to entrepreneurial ideas. You need to register on the site to get started (it’s free). Once you do, you can participate in discussions in existing groups, including a general discussion group called Encore Nation. Or you can start your own group on the topic of your choice or to invite discussions within a particular geographical area.
You can also visit the “Encore Careers” communities on Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube and Twitter. What’s the difference? Facebook is a personal network where people “friend” coworkers, family, friends and others and identify and connect to pages they “like.” LinkedIn bills itself as a “professional network of trusted contacts.” Flickr posts photos, while YouTube displays videos. Twitter is a microblogging site that lets users send and receive short messages known as “tweets.” It’s possible to cross-link your messages so that, for example, a blog you post on your own site or a tweet you send also appears on Facebook.
What is the difference between Encore.org’s online communities and local organizations?
Encore.org offers a variety of online communities you can join after you become a member of the site. Once you join, you can initiate and participate in online discussions. You can also join “Encore Careers” groups on other social networking sites to stay in the loop on news, resources and find other people who share your interests.
Local organizations are ones that are creating encore services at the state and city level. They range from groups with just a few people to organizations that have thousands or members. If you can’t find a local group in your area, you may be interested in creating own in-person group to explore encore opportunities that benefit your community. Check out the Encore Careers Meeting Tool Kit for ideas on how to form a group.
For more ideas about how to get involved and connect with others, click here.
Do you have any rules about what can and can’t be posted on Encore.org?
Active and thoughtful discussions on interesting topics are at the heart of the Encore.org community. To ensure that users share and discuss information in comfort, we ask everyone to read and respect our community guidelines.
How can I get involved?
There are many ways to get involved on Encore.org. For example, comment on a news story, start a discussion in an encore online group or join the conversation in the Encore Careers group on Facebook. The first and most important step is to become a member of Encore.org. Joining is free and gives you access to features only available to members, such as accessing other members’ profiles and participating in online discussion groups. Bookmark the Get Involved page and visit often to stay on top of the latest activities.
I’m having technical difficulties. Whom should I contact?
If you are having technical problems, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive a prompt response. Please include as much detail as possible about your issue, including what type of browser you are using, i.e., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome.
As an Encore.org member, you will:
• Gain access to other members and be able to exchange messages
• Receive free newsletters with news about encore career opportunities
• Be able to comment on blogs and post in online discussion groups
• Be confident that we will not share your personal information
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