40 Years Old And Out Of A Job; It’s Life And Career Transition Time

July 4 2009. Last day at the company I had worked for over 14 years. One of over 1000 employees ‘let go’. Not ‘fired’, not ‘dismissed’, but ‘let go’. The then current euphemism for losing one’s job. What a wretched day it was. I wasn’t dismissed for incompetence or moral turpitude or falsifying expenses. Not at all. The project I was working on was being terminated, and me with it. July 4th but not a day when I felt like celebrating in the usual country founding spirit.

Key #2 to a successful career change is to take stock of your skills, natural talents, competencies, and strengths, and to be able to articulate these well to potential employers as well as others.

The result? Discovery of our “perfect” place to live! So, after a lifetime in New York in 2005 we moved to North Carolina, a place we always dreamed of, but never knew existed, a place where we did not know a single person! In addition to that leap, I also discovered a desire to start my own business and completed my help from Career Counselor in a university to a self-employed Career and Life Coach. Starting my life over was an enormous stretch, but one of the best choices I have ever made!

As you begin your outplacement supports, you will receive regular one-on-one coaching. Your career coach will provide you with feedback, constant encouragement and suggestions. A good career coach will help you look for the best solutions to career-related problems. They will also share contemporary strategies to help you organise your thoughts so that you can make wise career decisions.

When you raise your standards, you feel better about yourself at a very deep level. You begin attracting a higher standard of people and opportunities into your life. You uncover talents and skills to do things you didn’t know you were capable of doing.

Sometimes people get so caught up in finding the perfect career match that they forget to look at the basics of their job search. Having a strategic plan and implementing it carefully will make a big difference in results achieved.

Next, determine what motivates you. Everyone is different when it comes to motivation. Here are a few common motivators: The first and most obvious is money, possessions, acquisitions, or the success that comes with money. Another motivator is the feeling of accomplishment or recognition, respect, admiration, or notoriety. This could even be to the level of becoming a celebrity.

Those wishing to attend this Job Search & Career Transition Workshop should commit to all 3 days. Participants will be supplied with all items needed including lunch at no cost. No employers will be at this workshop, and this is not a job fair.

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