Month: March 2009

The Weak Link Syndrome

The Weak Link Syndrome You Can’t Find a Job With a Wimpy Career This is the toughest job market in 100 years, so looking for a job the old fashioned way simply isn’t going to work. What should you do differently? First, you have to build up the strength, endurance and reach of your career

True Work

Time magazine’s cover story this week reports that Americans have pushed the reset button on their easy spending, self indulgent ways. We are in the midst, it reports, of a profound national rejection of those bad habits and a recommitment to the good ones that brought us to our prosperity in the first place. Our

The End of Come As You Are

Most of those who are in transition today are looking for a new job the same way they did the last time they were in the job market. And that’s a terrible mistake. In fact, it’s almost certain to lead to career cardiac arrest or what most of us call unemployment. Why is that? Because

Financial Hotshots Join the World’s Oldest Profession

A four star Army general with 28 or more years of experience makes $187,225 a year in salary. They can make a little more—$225/month—not as a bonus, but in combat pay. Our country pays all of its soldiers a small stipend for putting their lives on the line in the nation’s defense. So, a general

Defibrillator Jobs-Part III

Defibrillator Jobs-Part III You Can’t Find a Job With a Wimpy Career This is the toughest job market in 100 years, so looking for a job the old fashioned way simply isn’t going to work. What should you do differently? First, you have to build up the strength, endurance and reach of your career and

Dear Mr. President:

Dear Mr. President: Thank you for dealing with the unconscionable greed and irresponsibility of our nation’s investment banks. Thank you also for confronting those individuals who have abused the public’s trust and the law. However, there is one group of individuals who had a large hand in the mess we find at such firms as

A Job Market Filled With “Irrational Expectations”

Being in transition is tough so advice is often offered with a spoonful of sugar.  While well intentioned, however, I think that approach sends the wrong signal to those most in need of candor. So, being as frank (and respectful) as I can, here’s the unvarnished truth.  This job market is filled with “irrational expectations.” 

Who’s Going to Put You to Work?

Friday’s unemployment numbers were grim by any measure.  What’s even more grim, however, is the yawning divide between reality and the perceptions of at least some in the workforce. The New York Times interviewed a recently laid off auto worker about the lousy labor situation.  His response said it all.  He asked in frustration, “Who’s

Defibrillator Jobs–Part II

Defibrillator Jobs–Part II You Can’t Find a Job With a Wimpy Career This is the toughest job market in 100 years, so looking for a job the old fashioned way simply isn’t going to work. What should you do differently? First, build up the strength, endurance and reach of your career and then, with that

Beware the Bitta-Bang Approach to Job Boards

I’ve received some email recently expressing frustration about the apparent lack of results at job boards. Some of this correspondence seems to suggest that using such a site to find a new or better job should be as easy as hitting the Submit button. Click, click, bidda-bang, bitta-boom and you ought to have a better