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Lynette Lewis Interview: Climbing the Corporate Ladder in Stilettos – Part 2

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

Ideas to Enhance Your Job Search.

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

Show #91: April 11, 2013

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How to Tap The Hidden Job Market!

Show #90: April 4, 2013

Most people only apply for jobs that are advertised. Yet, experts tell us that as many as 80% of all the jobs available are unadvertised.

This week we will learn how to find, apply for, and get offers for jobs in The Hidden Job Market.

  • What are the Three Kinds of Jobs that are Available?
  • Why is there so Little Competition for Jobs in The Hidden Market?
  • What are the Best Ways to Uncover Unadvertised Positions?
  • Cold Calling Works: Cold Applications Don’t
  • How do You Prepare Your Top 25 Target List?
  • Why Networking and Exploratory Interviews are Essential.

We will be discussing all this and the most important ingredients to a successful job search on this week’s show.  According to a recent nationwide survey, 48% of workers plan to leave their jobs due to a lack of trust in their employers.

Show #90: April 4, 2013

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