In the last year, I’ve met far too many people who have lost their jobs in their forties. In fact, it feels like an epidemic. Technology is transforming today’s workplace, and far too many people are caught by surprise when changes happen. On the job, we need to always keep our eyes open, look ahead, and see changes coming as much as possible. Certainly recovery can take a long time, but if you’ve been ambushed and find yourself on the street, here’s the first steps I’d take:
Most people look at a resume incorrectly. Too many think it’s a document that tracks your life and career. But the truth is, a good resume is the ultimate calling card – it’s the movie trailer for your life. A resume’s task isn’t to get you the job, it’s to get you in the door so you can sell yourself. So now that you realize it’s purpose is to open doors, get yours out, and let’s fix it:
At parties or other social events you get the question all the time: “So, what do YOU do?” If you’re an struggling actor, producer, director, or other media professional, it’s an awkward moment. Even after decades of making TV programs, documentary films, online media, and consulting with large organizations, it’s still tough for me. It’s called “Status Anxiety.” It comes from discomfort or fear when a person is in a social interaction that involves being judged or evaluated by others. If you’ve struggled in your career, and have trouble with the “So what do YOU do?” question, you need to watch this video:
It’s easy to sound insensitive when offering ideas to job seekers. But frankly, things are desperate out there and people need real help. Regardless of your politics, the Obama administration showed remarkably poor leadership when it came to reviving the economy or inspiring business leaders, and now as Obamacare struggles financially, it’s damage to our wallets and future employment is looking
If you’re a frustrated job hunter – or know someone who is – then forward this column I wrote recently for Fox News. It’s titled: Stop Looking for a Job and Start Looking for Your One Big Thing. From the response it’s getting, it’s changing a lot of people’s thinking about how to position themselves for the next stage in their career.