John Tarnoff on Why Over 50 is the Perfect Time for a Reinvention

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John Tarnoff

Career transition and reinvention are no longer a rare path, they are the new normal. A confluence of factors in our world has led to career displacement or a change in what work means to us.

Whether it’s the lack of job security in corporate, getting older and wanting to leave an unfulfilling job, or external factors like the pandemic, many people are choosing the path of free agency. It allows them to take control of their lives and maximize their full potential.

This is especially true for seasoned professionals who want a more meaningful job in the second or third part of their careers. Their work and life experience make them perfect candidates for a new career direction.

Why is this moment in history creating a massive push for career reinvention? How do we hone in on where we can be most valuable in a new career? In this episode, I’m joined by career transition coach, author of Boomer Reinvention: How to Create Your Dream Career Over 50, and speaker John Tarnoff. He talks about the factors and forces driving the career transition trend.

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You want to stop chasing job openings and start chasing relationships. That’s how you’re going to get your career on track.

Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode

  • Why people over 50 make great candidates for career pivots
    As we get older, we tend to pivot from a focus on material wealth to a focus on meaning, purpose, and spirituality. This meaning and purpose can be applied to our profession and the work that we do. By going into a second career that’s aligned with a value proposition, we can get more fulfillment.


  • How to set yourself apart in the job market
    Instead of trying to apply for every single job available, come up with a value proposition that aligns you with a specific profession. If you get clear on the value you provide and have a really clear sense of the impact you can make in your work, you’re going to find jobs that align with that. That way, you’re not doing their work for them, you’re doing your work for them.


  • The importance of closing open mental loops
    The things that have been on your to-do list for years occupy valuable space in your head and in your psyche. They create subtle anxiety and interfere with your ability to move forward. In order to be more efficient and more valuable in your career pivot, you have to clear out those open loops.


Guest Bio

John Tarnoff is a Breakthrough Executive & Career Transition Coach, Strategist for Professionals across Mid, Late, & Second-Act Careers, Keynote Speaker and Best-selling Author of Boomer Reinvention: How to Create Your Dream Career Over 50.

John provides career counseling for baby Boomers and late-career professionals looking to defy ageism, work beyond retirement, and pivot to a new job or new business as a second act or encore career.

For more information and to find out about John’s coaching visit


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