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Following Up With a Second Act – Age Discrimination Work-arounds
Kevin’s comments on my last article, Choosing Your Career: “Refuse to Choose!” – A Book Review, recently got me to thinking: the job market can be an awfully rough place for older workers. I’ve heard stories of people as young as their 40s (hardly any older than me!) being told by job inte Continue Reading
7 Reasons Why Work is a Gift from God
A lot of people hate work. Not just the effort it requires, but the whole concept. I used to count myself among them. Work was something to be minimized, and eventually eliminated through the attainment of wealth. But now that I'm older and I've been through a lot more, and I've had the opportunity Continue Reading
Choosing Your Career: “Refuse to Choose!” – A Book Review
I’ve always found myself a tad envious of people who say: “I always knew what I wanted to be!” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, for example, was already playing and composing for piano at age three; for him, there was no question about what he was going to be when he grew up. For many others, howe Continue Reading
Advancing Your Career at a Startup: Wise Ways to Climb the Corporate Ladder Even If You Can’t See It
Working at a startup can be incredibly exciting. Who knows, it could turn out to be the next Facebook or Google, and you could be part of something that changes the world, especially if you work in the tech sector. And despite the risks, it could be one of the best ways of advancing your career. Continue Reading
7 Dark Reasons Why Good Workers Don’t Get Promoted
You might be one of the top performers in your company or department - maybe the top performer. But you don't get promoted - why? It could be that you lack a critical skill, or maybe even a significant credential. But just as often - maybe even more often - is something less objective, less holy. Th Continue Reading
Why You Should Ignore the Unemployment Rate If You’re Unemployed
If you're unemployed, under-employed or just looking for a better employment situation, you may do well to ignore the unemployment rate. Like the official inflation rate and so many other statistics, the unemployment rates is - shall we say - highly optimized. It's more of a misleading indicator, an Continue Reading
Here’s Why You Can’t Get a Job or a Promotion
If you've been having difficulty finding work, or thriving in your current position, there are big picture factors that are playing a huge role. Though the government, economists, and even the mainstream media try to make it look like it's all your fault (not enough education, wrong skillsets, not e Continue Reading
7 Insurance Careers You May Not Be Aware Of
It seems the economic winds are shifting in ways the powers that be can no longer brush under the rug; career and job issues are going to be back in demand in the way they were a few years ago. That’s why I’m providing information about the career I was in and the one from which I retired, Comme Continue Reading
What to do When You’re Unemployed Long-term
Millions of people had well paying, benefited jobs before the recession are now balancing part-time, temporary or contract work with of complete unemployment. How do you cope with that? Continue Reading
My Life as a Radio Disc Jockey – a Very Different Career
When I was in college I worked for a radio station as a radio disc jockey. I pulled two shifts a week – Saturday night from 6:00 PM until sign-off (about midnight), and Sunday afternoon from noon until 6:00 PM. Yes, I know – not the typical after school type college job, but I always thought I w Continue Reading