Hire Me — Please

It’s been a couple of years now that I’ve been hammering the message that the workplace is changing.  And I keep running into people who are alarmed that things are not the way they used to be.  Just yesterday on a radio interview I had a caller who was distraught that he was losing his job after 27 years with the same company.  But then again, it is not the “same company.”  There have been multiple mergers and acquisitions along the way.  All his old bosses and co-workers are gone, yet he is angry that they are now pushing him … Read More

Change Your Stars?

I’m in Reno, Nevada this morning.  Joanne and I joined some friends in Grass Valley, CA and then rode the train up from Colfax to Reno.  Walking through the casinos last night reminded me of the many poorly thought-out ways people try to improve their position in life.  I’d like to think that the people here are just having a little harmless fun – maybe spending $20 in the same way you would ride the roller coaster just for the thrill of it.  And yet I don’t see that simple enjoyment in these people sitting in front of the slot … Read More

A Blog Coach?

I recently did an interview with my blog coach — yes my blog coach.  Whenever I explore a new opportunity I look for someone who is already an expert in that area, and then I engage them to coach me.  I’ve posted that interview with my blog coach Bill Seaver right here on the 48 Days Online Radio Show.  In this podcast I ask Bill questions like: Why should anyone care about blogging? How can a person use new media tools to promote what they do? Who are a couple of common people you’ve seen this work for? How does … Read More

Am I gifted to be self-employed?

Each week I select some of the most interesting questions submitted and answer them in a 48-minute podcast.  Here are a few of this today’s edition.  You can listen immediately here on 48 Days Online Radio.  1. Over the past few years I have lost over 200lbs through a self-developed regimen. I wrote a book that is for sale on my website, www.iweighedmorethanjared.com. I would like to become a personal trainer with the niche in helping people over 150lbs overweight. Do I need to be certified? What do you suggest as far as a certification approach? 2. I have children’s stories I … Read More

Somebody threw up here

No this is not the intro to another South Park episode. Yesterday I was on a short flight from Nashville to Cincinnati.  I had just gotten settled in my seat when a couple sitting directly across from me began complaining to each other that with their excessive carryon luggage they were cramped in their seats.  They then called the flight attendant back and stated rather loudly that it smelled like someone had vomited in their seat.  The attendant was gracious in listening and offered to allow them to move.  They quickly stated they would like the two vacant seats in the … Read More

Business Chaplains

One of the fastest growing career areas I have seen in the last few years is that of business chaplain.  Topics ranging from family suicides, child-rearing, caring for aging parents, marital problems, depression, drug use and finances are being addressed by these workplace chaplains.  We are used to seeing military chaplains and hospital chaplains.  Many police and fire departments also have ministers, priests and rabbis who serve the same function.  Some employee assistance program coordinators estimate that they spend at least 20% of their time dealing with spiritual issues.   This is just one of many new work opportunities that we … Read More

“We all need somebody to lean on”

Remember this great old song from the 70s?  When I was in graduate school studying psychology, my classmates and I decided to have this as our theme song. One of our primary needs as human beings is to feel the support of those around us.  Ideally, that will mean we are nurtured and encouraged by our nuclear family first and then by an ever-widening circle of relatives, friends, teachers, etc.  Without that support, we tend to be less and less willing to try new things or to go down non-traditional paths.  Too frequently the gifted artist does not hear, “I … Read More

Just Shoot Me

Police detectives in Franklin County, Washington say a man had his friend shoot him in the shoulder so he wouldn’t have to go to work.  Daniel Kuch initially told deputies he’d been the victim of a drive-by shooting.  But when his story details didn’t quite add up, he admitted that he had asked his friend to shoot him so he could avoid work and a scheduled drug test.  Now the friend has been arrested for investigation of reckless endangerment.  And Kuch is expected to be charged with false reporting.  Somehow that doesn’t seem to be a very brilliant plan.  What ever happened to just pretending to … Read More

Jobs Plunge – Opportunities Soar!

USA Today reports today that employers cut jobs for a second month in February while the unemployment rate fell as more people quit looking for work in the weakening job market, the government said Friday in a report that led to further calls of a 2008 recession Yes, lots of ironies here.  Jobs lost yet hourly wages are up and unemployment is down.  There is no way the government has of tracking those people who have “quit looking for work.”  I talk to them every day and they are not all discouraged and sitting on the curb – many of … Read More

Someone’s Got To Do It!

What would be the perfect job title for your current position?  How would you title the perfect position? I resist using the Department of Labor’s “Dictionary of Occupational Titles” for mature adults looking for new careers.  Any categorization of a person’s skills may overlook unique personal characteristics or interests.  And also, I’m frequently amazed at some of the titles actually listed there.  Here are just a few – I am not making any of these up.  They are listed in the 660 pages of DOL job titles.  You can check them out yourself in the new edition of the Occupational … Read More