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Show #92: April 18, 2013
I Invite You to Come Along with Me for an Audio Book Adventure. I plan to produce an “audio book” via the radio show and its podcasts. Though I have shared highlights of various chapters, I have never covered all of the content. The only way to accomplish that is for the entire book to be read by the author! Over the next few weeks I will read from my recently released book: Successfully Unemployed: Finding or Creating Your Dream Job. You can choose to listen live or download all the podcasts for the entire book. The other option will be to download a particular chapter of interest.
An explanation of the way the book is laid out: I begin each chapter with a segment of my own job loss, search and discovery process. Then I follow with practical steps and strategies for finding your dream job. I close each chapter with a couple of exercises that will help move you forward in your search. This applies whether you are unemployed, underemployed, looking for your first job, or in job transition.
This week I will start with Chapter 1 – Suddenly Unemployed. You will discover:
- Four Areas Impacted by Job Loss
- Why Mindset Must Precede Skill Set
- How to Deal with Shock
- 5 Steps of the Grief Process
- Negotiating Your Exit Package
- Family Impact and Support
This week we have a world class, and often quoted, expert on career development, marketing and branding. Lynette Lewis is an author, business consultant, and keynote speaker who has been inspiring men and women on vision and purpose subjects for over 25 years. She is one of John Maxwell’s Maximum Impact speakers. Her popular book, Climbing the Corporate Ladder in Stilettos, received recognition from numerous sources including The Wall Street Journal and New York Post. She appears frequently on radio and television programs including The Today Show and Martha Stewart Living.
I recently interviewed Lynette for the Successfully Unemployed Radio Show and enjoyed immensely that she has big dreams, but she also faces the day-to-day realities. Here is Part 2 of the transcript from our interview:
Successfully Unemployed: I assume that is your own business and you’re not working for somebody else. And I think that for many people, they can create piece work, project work, sub-contractor work, or consulting work in their area of expertise
Lynette: Well, I would agree with that, Alan, and it’s interesting when you say sort of create your own work. What happened to me as I went through my career journey was there are different seasons, of course, in any job. One of the first jobs I had, I spent 10 years doing the job. I had numerous different roles and positions through those 10 years at the one organization. But there were many seasons in my life, probably especially in my 20′s, but even into my early 30′s, where I would be either bored or frustrated. One of the chapters in my book I titled, I’m Unrecognized, Unrewarded and Underpaid, because there was a great bit of time where I would go through those seasons of being just that.
Even though there was only one time in my career where I was surprisingly let go, there were numerous other times where I was wanting something new and was really hoping for something different. Many times I felt trapped by the job description, by the boss, or just the environment or the economy. I had wanted to make a job change, but just didn’t feel at liberty to do that financially or for other reasons. A lot of people feel that. There is a whole host of people that are currently employed who have been left behind when others were unemployed and are now doing two or three jobs and are not necessarily any happier that they are just working. So I became a real proponent, and still am, of this concept of inventing your next thing even while you’re not doing the thing you really want to do.
When I found myself in this transition, there were a number of things I had already been inventing. I decided at one point that I really wanted to do more speaking, and I decided to get more proactive about it. Then I was talking to one of my connections in New York about whether this was my moment to really venture out and do that. She gave me some of the best advice that I’ve since handed to many people. She said, “Lynette, you need to get a job that is going to at least put bread on your table, because all of your creative energy, if you don’t have a job that’s paying your bills, is going to go to just worrying about your next meal. But if you get a job that will put some money on the table, even if it’s a temp job, even if it’s handiwork helping anybody, just an income stream, then take every free moment you have – nights, weekends, vacation days, whatever it is you end up with – and put those moments to work in creating this thing you really want to do. That way you have two streams happening: you’re being taken care of financially, but you’re not feeling stuck because you’re inventing your next thing.”
That’s exactly what I did. I ended up going back to Deloitte where I had left right before the PR firm, and went right back to work for a man I had worked for before I’d left. He had since moved into a new role, so I got a new title and actually went back in at a higher pay than when I had left, which was a blessing. You look back and see such a Sovereign plan in your life that’s really going on even though there are panic moments along the way. I wouldn’t say I went back to my “Dream Job” at all, but I was glad to get the job, and then I became very proactive and aggressive on inventing my next thing. I kind of created this stream simultaneously where I could do more of what I really loved. Continue reading
Show #91: April 11, 2013
As a result of recent questions from listeners like you, and my own reading and research, I have some important information to share. These ideas will enhance your job search and career. Some of this comes from my recently released book: Successfully Unemployed: Finding or Creating Your Dream Job.
We will discuss the following:
- Is Twitter Killing the Resume?
- Career Truths to Live By in 2013
- Nonprofit Hiring will Increase
- Why the Severance Vacation can be “Fool’s Gold”
- How to Combat Concerns over Short Tenure
- 10 Things to do Every Work Day