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We all want to be more successful at our jobs. Successfully Unemployed will help you be even more successful at your search. It is the must-read companion guaranteed to help you find or create your dream job—the perfect fit for you. One that reflects and fulfills your life’s mission and purpose. ...READ MORE

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I’m excited to announce that my new book: Successfully Unemployed: Finding or Creating Your Dream Job, is now available.  Read what other people are saying about Alan Sherwood & “Successfully Unemployed” for yourself.

-Alan Sherwood

The perfect read for these economic times

The perfect read for these economic times. If you are ready to find or create your next job, this is a must read. Successfully Unemployed covers it all—how to think, what to do, and how to act—in today’s new work environment. Everything has changed for today’s employed and unemployed. Alan gives us a hope-filled and comprehensive amount of information and inspiration. Learn new ways to think, new ways to work, and new ways to live in this ground-breaking book.

—ROBERT SHEMIN, CNN and Fox News Wealth Advisor
New York Times’ Bestselling author of How Come that Idiot’s Rich and I’m Not?

Want to find or create work you love?

“Want to find or create work you love? Alan Sherwood knows how to get you there. Successfully Unemployed is THE essential tool for navigating a tough job market with confidence and competitive advantage.”

—LYNETTE LEWIS, Business consultant, speaker, and author of Climbing the Corporate Ladder in Stilettos

Jam-packed with vital information

“In my 30 years of business I have read and listened to dozens of self-help books and tapes, and Alan Sherwood’s ‘Successfully Unemployed’ rates right up there at the top of the list. It’s not only jam-packed with vital information anyone would need to find and negotiate a job, or start a business but also inspiring, innovative, and spiritually uplifting—truly a great read!”

—RON HUDDLESTON, President, The Huddleston Group

The table of contents alone offers a map to employment and beyond

“The table of contents alone offers a map to employment and beyond. Alan Sherwood’s direction within his book and “Successfully Unemployed” radio show complements what’s taught in graduate schools to career counselors. Most importantly it’s richly filled with ideas, resources, and exceptional how-to’s for anyone who is anyplace in the job search or career planning process. His MBA lens, extensive understanding of career coaching, and strong convictions from his deep belief systems offers readers exceptional encouragement and a roadmap to the best we know about positive psychology methods. Few books are as comprehensive; none more timely!”

—DR. RICH FELLER, President, National Career Development Association;
University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Counseling and Career Development, Colorado State University

A job search done right will be successful

“What I loved about Alan’s workshop was the reassurance he offered that a job search done right will be successful.

—NORMA, Arkansas

You will find or create the job of your dreams

“If you can only buy one job search book, this is it. Successfully Unemployed offers information and inspiration like no other source. It is the most comprehensive and hope-filled approach to becoming more successful at search. Read this, and you will find or create the job of your dreams.

—DR. JAMES BROWN, Superintendent, College School District, Santa Ynez Valley, California
Association of California School Administrators Superintendent/Principal of the Year 2011

Think outside the box and dream

“Alan understood, was supportive and encouraging, and could relate with me several years ago when I lost a professional position in a career 20 years in the making. The principles, strategies, support, and perspective Alan provided encouraged me that I was on track in doing all the right things. Most powerfully, Alan’s encouragement to “think outside the box” and dream has resulted in my creating a future that has already proven to be more personally fulfilling.”

Former Higher Education Student Affairs Administrator from Nebraska

The author provides hands-on experiences

“The author provides hands-on experiences that related directly to me.”

—RICHARD, Arkansas

You provide great insight and inspiration for many people

“Great program! I am glad you are giving an outline of the 10 Principles of the Successfully Unemployed. In my first presentation this November, I included the five steps similar to grieving that you go through when you lose your job. Look forward to your anecdotes and humor every Thursday. You provide great insight and inspiration for many people.

—MIKE, New York

Thank You for creating a resource

“I have admired your efforts with the Successfully Unemployed program but never thought it would be beneficial for me. Two weeks ago I was asked to resign after 19 years of working in education. While I wasn’t totally surprised, it’s still been a shock. I wanted to write and tell you thank you for creating a resource for someone like me who, at age 57, is starting over. I have listened to 4 to 5 of the podcasts just today and have enjoyed and learned from each of them. It has given me something to focus on while slowly getting to the mindset that this is the best thing that has happened to me. Keep up the good work. I am most grateful and learning to be Successfully Unemployed.”

—JEAN ANN, Tulsa, OK

I have become a big fan!

“I had the pleasure of being a guest on Alan Sherwood’s radio show. I have become a big fan! I am in awe of his wide range of knowledge regarding how to turn unemployment into success combined with his genuine desire to offer his services. I would highly recommend him as a speaker or a resource for anyone who wishes to better understand the job hunt or entrepreneurship success.

—JACQUI, Job Coach, Arkansas

I actively followed the advice of the ‘Successfully Unemployed’ radio program

While I was unemployed for six months, I actively followed the advice of the ‘Successfully Unemployed’ radio program, which included setting up a LinkedIn account. Through that account, people with whom I previously worked years before contacted me and hired me. Without that expert advice I would probably still be unemployed. Thank you for the wealth of information you provide and your excellent programs. And the best part is that it’s free!”

—VALERIE, New Jersey

Our country desperately needs more men like Alan

“I have hundreds of books on my office shelves and the ones I value the most are those where I’ve followed the life of the author and watched that person grow in character and integrity and stay the course. Alan’s book is full of great information about job loss and gain. But, more importantly, his book is full of challenges not only in his career, but in his personal health. Our country desperately needs more men like Alan who become greater men not in spite of struggle, but because of struggle.

—WYATT SMITH, Pastor, Indiana

Alan Sherwood is awesome and a great inspiration!

“Alan Sherwood is awesome and a great inspiration! He makes life seem simple with his approach to tough problems and brings hope in hard times. He makes people feel like they are winners, not losers, even if they are unemployed. I appreciate the great brain cells that speak knowledge and joy.”

—MELI, Oklahoma

Lynette Lewis Interview: Climbing the Corporate Ladder in Stilettos Part 1

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 a partial transcript of our interview:

Successfully Unemployed: Have you ever yourself experienced what I call sudden unemployment

Lynette: Well, I actually have and, of course, it’s always pretty sudden and usually it’s a surprise, as it was in my case. I had moved to New York city about two years before 9/11. I was transferred there by Deloitte and Touche, and had dreamed of actually going to New York for a number of years. It was kind of one of those dreams where you wonder is it really in the plan for my life or do I just hope it is. You never quite know, but I took the risk and fortunately got a transfer there with Deloitte. So I worked for Deloitte for about a year in the city, and then through a relationship at the firm – a woman I had worked with left to go to one of the big PR firms in New York city and my background was in PR – [I was] offered a great position in a new division they were starting around corporate reputation. I left on great terms with [Deloitte and Touche], but really decided to go to take that job. Then after only six months of working at the PR firm, I was laid off. So it came as quite a big surprise. The market had really taken a turn sort of after the big “Tech” boom, and a lot of companies that were paying for PR were no longer willing to do that. So I got laid off and certainly was a bit shocked. It always does a number on your confidence, yet I was trying to see the silver lining which, of course, came later.

Successfully Unemployed: You mentioned “shock”. Do you recall what your initial emotions were when you got that lay off notice?

Lynette: I sure do and it was an interesting mix, and maybe others in your audience would relate to this. I was working in the PR agency and the work there is very intense. There were times when I thought, “What have I done coming to this agency?” I loved the work, the company and all the people were great and the clients were great, but it was a very intense job. So I had this mix of emotions when I was laid off. On one hand I thought, “Wow, maybe I’ll get a little relief here,” because there were things about the job that I wished were different. On the other hand, I was living in New York city where the joke among us New Yorkers is we’re all about one paycheck away from bankruptcy, which isn’t true, but when you pay that kind of rent and you depend on your paycheck for your life, it’s pretty tough to all of a sudden be found without work when it’s unplanned. So I was nervous at the same time. I was single and was very much making ends meet, but not much more. So thinking in terms of my financial future, I thought, “What am I going to do next?” I was still fairly new to the city. I had only been in the city about two years, so my networks which I’d built that were very vast back in Tulsa, OK where I had lived for 20 years, were back in Tulsa. So here I am in New York just wondering what do I do next

Successfully Unemployed: I’ll bet. It’s interesting, when you went to the new firm and you were laid off in just six months, it reminds me of what Dr. Rich Feller said a month or two ago. He was a special guest and he’s a Professor of Career Development and Counseling at Colorado State University. He said that increasingly there are only two kinds of jobs. The one job is that you’re an owner and the other job is that you’re a temp. Whether that’s a temp for six months, as in your case, or perhaps for six years. And the reason for that, he says, is that so much of the work is becoming project work, or piece work, and we have to gear our career towards that

Lynette: That is so interesting. I’m fascinated with that and, boy, does that seem to bear very much truth in this market

Successfully Unemployed: It really is and it probably means that it’s a wonderful time in many ways for people to create their own work by starting a business. And I know you have kind of done that with all of your speaking that you do. 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

In our next post, we’ll cover the conclusion of Lynette Lewis’ interview. Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list so you don’t miss these important tips.

More details on the  principles covered in this interview, as well as ways to become more successful at either finding or creating more fulfilling work, can be found in the book, Successfully Unemployed – Finding or Creating Your Dream Job. Get your copy today!

Successfully Unemployed: Finding or Creating Your Dream Job, is now available!

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The book provides proactive and strategic steps to help you more successfully move forward to find or create your dream job. Each week from now until Christmas, I will be discussing the highlights and most significant points of each chapter. From time to time, I will also have special guests who will share their expertise regarding the content.

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