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The use of technology has allowed us to multi-task, speak to friends and family in far away lands and shop til we drop, but you should think twice before you use mobile technology to apply for open positions. Here’s why:

1. Lack of Customization
Mobile apps are meant for speed, so when you see a position you like while on the go, all you have to do is press “send resume.”

But that kind of rapid response won’t help you in your job search.

When retired ophthalmologist W. Andrew Harris wanted to use his skills to help people in developing nations, he needed a refresher on primary care. And he needed to learn how to treat people in poor, potentially dangerous regions.

Finding no sufficient options for training, he created his own: Professionals Training in Global Health, a course at Oregon Health & Science University's Global Health Center.

Editor's note: We often get asked to define the encore movement. At its core, the movement aims to engage millions of people in encore careers – work that combines social impact, personal meaning and continued income. We call it “purpose, passion and a paycheck.”

But as Ruth Wooden, board chair of Encore.org publisher Civic Ventures, points out in her eloquent essay below, the movement means much more.

After a long, distinguished military career, Army Col. Paul Yingling will be eligible for attractive retirement benefits in just two years. But that’s not enough to make him stay.

He’s ready for an encore, and he’s going for it.

Since yesterday’s announcement that Intel has become the first company to offer Encore Fellowships to all of its U.S. employees approaching retirement, major media have shown major interest.

Intel is the first company to make Encore Fellowships – paid, part-time, yearlong assignments working at local nonprofits – available to all of its eligible pre-retiree employees nationwide.

It’s a bold move that could signal a sea change in corporate retirement benefits and bring a new wave of talent into the nonprofit sector.

The 2011 Purpose Prize winners are making big news.

Since the five winners were announced November 3, media outlets from across the country have been highlighting the remarkable work that earned these social innovators the $100,000 award.

Recently we asked you to check out a column by New York Times columnist David Brooks, who asked for “a brief report on your life so far, an evaluation of what you did well, of what you did not so well and what you learned along the way.” (Read his column here.) We asked you to share your enc

My colleagues and I have been working for the past 10 months with the research firm Penn Schoen Berland to investigate the potential for social entrepreneurship in boomers.

Research by the Kauffman Foundation has already shown that for 11 of the 15 years between 1996 and 2010, Americans between 55 and 64 had the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity of any age group.

Some have called The Purpose Prize the “genius award for retirees.” This year's winners exemplify the spirit of the $100,000 award – the country's only large-scale investment in social innovators in the second half of life.

The 2011 winners are:


In his book – The Big Shift – Encore.org founder and CEO Marc Freedman
argues that though we’re getting older, most of us are not getting old … at least not yet.
About the Big ShiftAbout Marc Freedman