SOMETIMES IN LIFE, we simply have to back up and start over through no fault of our own because …
the economy is bad,
my company had layoffs,
our office politics were terrible,
we have health or family issues,
you aren’t happy in your present job,
you just need a change!
This website consists of a book we wrote, Career Crossroads,* to help those who were in their mid-work careers and unexpectedly found themselves back in the job market. Fortunately, they know—
what types of work they like and don't like,
which types of bosses are easy to work with and which aren't,
how relationships work between their working life and their personal life
The views here are based only upon our own experiences as an executive and a manager who hired (and fired) employees in both the U.S. Government and industry for over 50 years. In addition, we've spent the last few years doing job counseling and helping job hunters from all walks of life and all levels of education. Because of these experiences, we decided to share our book with you. Please reference our material if you decide to use in some way other than job-hunting.
These suggestions always work!
CHANGE? WHO, ME?
Finding a job at any stage of life is both upsetting and challenging. When you were looking for your first job, there were many things you didn’t know—or know how to deal with. But as you got older, you gained both experience and understanding about the job world.
As strange as it sounds, the most important thing is to decide what you like and want to do for the rest of your working career, no matter what circumstances required you to change jobs.
*L. P. Solomon & L.K. Jenkins
Pearl River Publishing, Bethesda, Maryland
ISBN 978-0-9905357-0-6 © 2015
The problem for beginners, new entrants to the workforce who are fresh from school, is simply that they have no work experience. They don't know what they want to do. And even if they make a decision in good faith, their lack of experience simply doesn't provide them with sufficient data to make a well-thought-out decision. Mid-career people already have that data.
A FEW HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS
You probably already know, but we'll remind you anyway: looking for a job can be both discouraging and energy draining. However, success comes to those who doggedly pursue their goals. Try to do at least one of the following things every day.
Review job postings online and in the newspapers.
Fill out and submit job applications that apply to your skills.
It’s important that you understand the following: In today’s job market, unless you have personal connections, it’s almost useless to either call or go into any business to speak with someone about a job or even get a job application. Nearly everything is now being done online via computers, includ-ing reviewing job postings and sending out your job applications or résumés.
Therefore, it's essential that you have an email address and understand how to send and receive information while you're looking for a job. If you don't know how to use a computer, now would be the time to learn the basics of operating a computer. If you don't own a computer, your local library likely provides free computer access for job seekers.
You must do anything you can to advance your progress and successfully accomplish your goal: getting a job you want. Patience, endurance, and tenacity will allow you to reach your goal.
Please take a few moments and see what this book has to offer. If you already know what you want to do, regardless of what it is, then this book will provide you with suggestions on how to find a job that meets your hopes and dreams.