Will You Ever Work Again?

Just read an article about “older” workers (45 and older) who fear that after they have been laid off they’ll never work again. Frightening !

They put in lengthy, sometimes well-paid careers and after they have been cast aside during a layoff or downsizing, they can’t find anything close to what they had. And this happens during the years when they are supposed to be at their earnings peak. According to this New York Times story 2.2 million of the 15 million unemployed are over 55 years old.

So what to do? Will the economy be able to absorb 15 million people who are now out of work? Or even 1/2 of that amount?

What will you do if it can’t?

I’d love to hear your comments here: Share with the readers how people you know (or you yourself) have reinvented themselves (yourself).

Do you know of a corporate accountant who now runs an antique shop? How about a purchasing director who now is a locksmith. Are they “making it?” Tell us your story and inspire others!

Paul David Madsen
America’s Job CoachAuthor: Laid Off & Loving It for 2010 — Rebuilding Your Career or Business With Social Media’s Help

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Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 8:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tell Me A Story = Getting a Job

I know a guy who got a great job by walking in and after their first qeustion, just told the interviewer STORIES about what he had done at another company.  Anecdotes sell !!!

Thanks to DICE News for this blub:  Dice News – Interview Questions and the Stories You Must Tell the Hiring Manager.

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Published in: on September 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Twice As Good As A Twelve Step Program:

The 24-Step Modern Resume.

www.theladders.com has this good article about resumes!  “Here Here!”

Also, remember to create your TwitterVator Speech (your 140 character long, strategic elevator speech. 

See more about that in yesterday’s post !

Paul David Madsen

America’s Job Coach

Author:  “Laid Off & Loving It for 2010 — Rebuilding Your Career or Business With the Help of Social Media”

Published in: on September 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Shake Things Up!

Is your job search hitting the wall? Do you keep getting the same lack of results? Maybe it is time to shake things up a bit…

Why not CALL the CEO, President, VP or exec at one of your target potential employers? When you get his or her voice mail, don’t just stand there with you hat in your hand congratulating yourself for making the call. No, now is the time for your TwitterVator Speech !

Have your 140 character pitch ready which sells him/her on what you can do FOR THEM…in a persuasive pitch that focuses on their needs…not yours! Yours is a really short pitch that tells the boss man or woman that you speak his or her language–the language of results!!

“America’s Job Coach positions professionals for vocational victory! success http://www.americasjobcoach.com”

That is my TwitterVator Speech. What is yours? The book, “Laid Off & Loving It For 2010 –Rebuilding Your Career or Business With Social Media’s Help” shows you in detail how to do your TwitterVator Speech.

The short version of how to do it is to take about 20 words or less, be sure they are action and results oriented. Also, be sure those words are INSIDE YOUR NICHE (shows you are a player). Then go for it!

You’ll keep tweaking that over and over so be frozen by a lack of perfection. Just do it like Nike says and then pitch it on www.google.com or wherever! Especially use your TwitterVator Speech on http://www.linkedin.com and of course www.twitter.com.

Go for it…shake things up and plaster YOUR TwitterVator Speech everywhere!

Paul David Madsen
America’s Job Coach
www.growmedia.com

PS: I’ll do a couple of TwitterVator Speeches for free if you comment on this blog or send me a note through my website: www.americasjobcoach.com

Published in: on September 15, 2010 at 1:19 am  Comments (1)  

Don’t Get Layed !!

Saw a resume today…great background and technical skills and a great fit for the job. Too bad the guy was talking about being on the job market because he got “Layed Off.” I’m not perfect in writing, grammar and proofreading, but PLEASE check you documents, resumes, letters, social media profiles, etc. for correctness.

I thought less of this candidate when I saw his wording. But don’t worry…I didn’t flush him immediately…I contacted him for some clarifications to see if he’d hang himself with the extra rope I sent him way. We’ll see how it goes!

America’s Job Coach
Author: “Laid Off & Loving It for 2010 — Rebuilding Your Career or Small Business With Social Media’s Help
www.growmedia.com
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PS: Here is my “magic rambling paragraph” which I urge you to steal and post at the bottom of YOUR blog. It links to many of the top 25 busiest web sites out there and has increased my blog traffic:

“So I used http://www.google.com to see a http://www.yahoo.com story about a video on http://www.youtube.com which was about the site http://www.live.com. From there I launched into http://www.facebook.com and was referred to a story on http://www.msn.com which told about http://www.wikipedia.com and its refusal to go commercial. Many people on http://www.wordpress.com and http://www.blogger.com were debating this on their blogs and one creative type even performed a song about it on http://www.myspace.com. People on http://www.linkedin.com also were making posts on the topic and it “went viral” and was on Japan’s Yahoo: http://www.yahoo.co.jp as well. Google India ( http://www.google.co.in ) also described the issue. http://www.microsoft.com of course feels it made all this possible and http://www.ebay.com is happy it gets to play. http://www.amazon.com too is thankful–especially for the likes of http://www.growmedia.com who provide the books, content, and products the big store sells. After everyone buys online from the sites above, they like having http://www.craigslist.org to unload their used stuff!”

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Published in: on September 9, 2010 at 11:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Birthday to Me!!

No, it is not the birthday of America’s Job Coach — it is more like the ANNIVERSARY of The 50 Over 50 Project. “Birthday” seems more fun than “anniversary” so I used that instead.

Yes, one year ago this blog was launched. I didn’t know much about blogging then and I’m not sure how much more I know now other than this: consistency is king. If you start a blog to be rich or famous or whatever, you better plan to be consistent.

Only when you post regularly at a similar/same time will you pick up regular readers, I feel. I have had weeks of great visitor/attendance. I have other weeks of very, very low visits or readers. Consistency is critical, the professional bloggers would tell you.

Along the way I have had people connect with me whom I have helped with their resumes, their social media profiles, their job search via traditional networking/connecting etc. We’ve had some successes.

For year two some improvements are in order: A tighter focus (“the unemployed or underemployed” is a big, wet blanket to try to shape and attack for building readership). Also, consistency will improve. Also we are looking at possible VIDEO blogging and some talk show formatting.

That is all speculative at this time but I wanted to whet your whistle for Year Two. Good things FOR YOU are a coming.

Please share your comments with me, Paul David Madsen, America’s Job Coach in the comments section here. Or visit http://www.growmedia.com’s web site to contact me directly for your specific career issue assistance.

And thanks for your support of the book, “Laid Off & Loving It for 2010 – Rebuilding Your Career or Business With Social Media’s Help.” It is a consistent seller on amazon.com and elsewhere and that is thanks to your word of mouth. I appreciate it !!

Thanks and best wishes as we start Year Number Two.

PS: Here is my “magic rambling paragraph” which I urge you to steal and post at the bottom of YOUR blog. It links to many of the top 25 busiest web sites out there and has increased my blog traffic:

“So I used http://www.google.com to see a http://www.yahoo.com story about a video on http://www.youtube.com which was about the site http://www.live.com. From there I launched into http://www.facebook.com and was referred to a story on http://www.msn.com which told about http://www.wikipedia.com and its refusal to go commercial. Many people on http://www.wordpress.com and http://www.blogger.com were debating this on their blogs and one creative type even performed a song about it on http://www.myspace.com. People on http://www.linkedin.com also were making posts on the topic and it “went viral” and was on Japan’s Yahoo: http://www.yahoo.co.jp as well. Google India ( http://www.google.co.in ) also described the issue. http://www.microsoft.com of course feels it made all this possible and http://www.ebay.com is happy it gets to play. http://www.amazon.com too is thankful–especially for the likes of http://www.growmedia.com who offer the books, content, and products the big store sells. After everyone buys online from the sites above, they like having http://www.craigslist.org to unload their used stuff!”

Published in: on September 7, 2010 at 10:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Extra Income, Anyone? …Anyone?

*Working full-time but not earning enough??

*Underemployed and interested in making up the difference?

*Unemployed and nearing the end of your benefits pay (a “99er” –see a previous post)?

*Do you have a creative side and just waiting to be discovered?

Well, this article on www.msn.com is for you. It gives lots of advice about ways to supplement your income. If you try any of this, remember the adage, “Don’t quit your day job!”

Best to start slow and cautious. But start! With unemployment continuing to hover around 9 to 10% (14 MILLION people), some jobs will never come back! It behooves all of us to be aware of ways to supplement our earnings. Create multiple lines of income!

Remember, there are thousands of scams and thieves out there in the e-commerce world so be careful, but, do jump in the pool !

Here is the link:

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/SaveMoney/need-cash-make-extra-money-online.aspx?page=3

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PS: Here is my “magic rambling paragraph” which I urge you to steal and post at the bottom of YOUR blog. It links to many of the top 25 busiest web sites out there and has increased my blog traffic:

“So I used http://www.google.com to see a www.yahoo.com story about a video on www.youtube.com which was about the site www.live.com. From there I launched into www.facebook.com and was referred to a story on www.msn.com which told about www.wikipedia.com and its refusal to go commercial. Many people on www.wordpress.com and www.blogger.com were debating this on their blogs and one creative type even performed a song about it on www.myspace.com. People on www.linkedin.com also were making posts on the topic and it “went viral” and was on Japan’s Yahoo: www.yahoo.co.jp as well. Google India ( www.google.co.in ) also described the issue. www.microsoft.com of course feels it made all this possible and www.ebay.com is happy it gets to play. www.amazon.com too is thankful–especially for the likes of www.growmedia.com who provide the books, content, and products the big store sells. After everyone buys online from the sites above, they like having www.craigslist.org to unload their used stuff!”

Published in: on September 4, 2010 at 10:44 am  Leave a Comment