You Make Your Own Sandwiches (….for lunch and for life)

I spend a lot of time talking to people about the status of their job search process. Many job seekers find it depressing because of the amount of time they spend setting up and attending meetings that produce no results. Because networking is a numbers game (or so they’ve been told), they engage in the same process over and over and over again:     Set up three meetings. Check. Have those meetings. Check. Get the names of three other people to meet. Check. Set up those meetings. Check. Those meetings produce more names. Check.   In other words, job seekers repeat the same process, without getting anywhere. (Or, as I like to put it: Lather. Rinse. Repeat.) No wonder they feel depressed! The fact is that some traditional job search techniques are not as effective today because circumstances have changed. The job search process is a brand new game—but … Continue reading

Hot Summer Sale and Lazy Days are for the Beach

  As summer winds down, you may be tempted to slow down at work. Remember lazy days are for your well-deserved beach vacation and are not for the days you are expected to be at work—this is especially true if you are supposed to be covering for your boss. And, because I know it’s a challenge to remain focused on your job, I have two things to keep you motivated.   First, I’m excited to announce a hot summer sale! For a limited time, you can purchase The Perpetual Paycheck Ebook for only $1.99! That’s more than 75% off its original price. So, if you are thinking of purchasing The Perpetual Paycheck or recommending it to others, now is the time to CLICK HERE and take advantage of the sale. Second, to be sure you remember the importance of keeping your boss pleased with your performance, I have a joke … Continue reading

The Ultimate Inspiration is a Deadline

The end of an employment relationship is likely daunting and unsettling, but as I explain in The Perpetual Paycheck there is a bright side: Countless others with much less experience and lesser skills than you have been in this same position and prevailed. Currently there are four million open jobs in the United States. You only need one. The odds are certainly in your favor! Second, regardless of how dire your circumstances may be, there is a job for you. You just have to find it. And, as the entrepreneur and founder of both Atari and the Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza-Time Theaters chain Nolan Key Bushnell has said “the ultimate inspiration is a deadline.” This is of particular relevance to the ending of the employment relationship. If you were looking for the motivation to move your career to the next level, now you have it. It is easy for a … Continue reading

Commit to Seeing Troubles as Triumphs

In The Perpetual Paycheck, I am fairly honest about the fact that things will not always go well at work. However, even when faced with a less than ideal situation, with the right mindset you can still turn a trouble into a triumph and pave the way for future success. Consider the classic story of two shoe salesmen who traveled to an underdeveloped area in Africa and found that no one in the area was wearing any shoes. The salesman immediately sent simultaneous emails back to their corporate headquarters. The first man wrote, “This trip is a waste of time—no one wears shoes!” The second man wrote, “Double the original order. The demand will be at least twice what we originally expected!” Keep in mind that how you characterize something impacts how you respond to it. Labeling an event as a problem compels you to adopt a negative approach, whereas … Continue reading

Highlight Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses

In The Perpetual Paycheck, I talk extensively about the “Cinderella fit,” suggesting that employers want to hire candidates who possess the precise skills they are seeking. If a company is looking for a website designer who is skilled in iWeb and Dreamweaver, that means they want a candidate with experience in both programs. No matter how much you talk about your mastery of iWeb, you won’t get past the initial review unless you can demonstrate proficiency in both. Apparently, there is a new trend where candidates are grading themselves on their resumes—and not only that, but they are rarely giving themselves perfect scores! If you do not have full confidence in your ability to do the work, why would an employer? Your resume should provide a prospective employer with a clear summary of your skills and your resume should not suggest you are anything less than the perfect fit.  If … Continue reading

Job Hunters: No One Cares About the Color of Your Parachute

Job Hunters: No One Cares About the Color of Your Parachute Blunt, practical advice from the author of ‘The Perpetual Paycheck’  by Richard Eisenberg, senior Web editor of the Money & Security and Work & Purpose channels of Next Avenue Attention job seekers: It’s not all about you. That’s the message in the new book by employment attorney and coach Lori B. Rassas, The Perpetual Paycheck: 5 Secrets to Getting a Job, Keeping a Job, and Earning Income for Life in the Loyalty-Free Workplace. Rassas maintains that job hunters too often focus on what they want and care about rather than what prospective employers need right now. I just spoke with Rassas for her advice to make yourself a stronger candidate, especially if you’re 50 or older. Highlights: Next Avenue: How would you describe today’s job market for people over 50? Rassas: It used to be that as you aged, … Continue reading

Declare Your Independence from Traditional Networking!

Networking Not Working? Perhaps you are in the wrong room As I explain in The Perpetual Paycheck: 5 Secrets to Getting a Job, Keeping a Job, and Earning Income for Life in the Loyalty-Free Workplace, it is not enough just to network. Rather, you have to modify your current networking strategies to ensure they will be effective in the loyalty-free workplace. Consider this: If you’re a chef, and you’re talking to other chefs about how to cook the perfect steak, depending on your cooking methods or level of expertise you may not stand out from the others. But, if you’re in a room full of twenty-five-old novice chefs who are hosting their first dinner party, and you relay that same information, they’re going to treat you like a rock star because you know something they don’t. So…..if you are an insurance attorney, and you attend an event geared towards insurance attorneys, … Continue reading

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Network Boldly… But in a Way That Works for You

Network Boldly… But in a Way That Works for You Everyone knows about the importance of networking in order to find a new job. However, as I explain in The PerpetualPaycheck: 5 Secrets to Getting a Job, Keeping a Job, and Earning Income for Life in the Loyalty-Free Workplace, it is not enough just to network. Rather, you have to modify your current networking strategies to ensure they will be effective in today’s workplace. You can benefit from my mistakes by adopting any new strategies gradually to ensure they will work for you. Remember you want to be bold, but you do not want to miss your target! Consider this: Early in my career, when I was learning how to negotiate contracts, a colleague said that if I wanted to let opposing counsel know that I was serious about a particular issue, I should bang on the table and storm out … Continue reading

My CNBC Appearance to Discuss the Perpetual Paycheck

Thanks to CNBC for inviting me to participate in a segment to discuss unemployment and The Perpetual Paycheck.  As you will see in this clip, I reminded job seekers of the importance of making the job search about prospective employers and their needs.  Employers want the “Cinderella fit,” when hiring–so candidates should be sure that everything they say in their interviews are geared towards showing prospective employers that they have the exact skills  the employer needs: nothing more and nothing less. Here is the link to CNBC segment. (Thanks to everyone at CNBC for making me feel so at home at their studios). http://cnb.cx/1GngbiO … Continue reading