I’ve got a PhD but no JoB

Cherish your visions and dreams

I’ve got a PhD but no JoB  I’ve got B.S., and MBA, a PhD, a DDS – and no job. My heart breaks every time I see these painful letters.  Typically the writer has a mountain of student loan debt, the embarrassment of no job, and few marketable skills.  In this episode I talk about redefining “education” and getting degrees for the personal experience, not for the “job.” I have a dream to help divorced moms When is it better to simply apply for a job and when is it better to invest time and effort in a resume and … Read More

I can do anything you want me to……

A young man, armed with letters of introduction from prominent men, one day presented himself before Chief Engineer Parsons, of the Rapid Transit Commission of New York, as a candidate for a position.  “What can you do?”  Have you any specialty?” asked Mr. Parsons.  “I can do almost anything,” answered the young man.  “Well,” remarked the chief engineer, rising to end the interview, “I have no use for anyone who can ‘almost’ do anything.  I prefer someone who can actually do one thing thoroughly.” * One thing I see repeatedly is people who are “generalists.”  They attempt to do a … Read More

Would you take this job if we give you a turkey?

Yes, I’ve seen lots of posts from companies that need to hire people immediately.  And if you just show up for the training, you’ll get a Free Turkey!   The Tucson Clinica Medica Familiar says if you are over 21 and bring an electric bill in your name, you’ll get a free turkey just for showing up. Alpizar Law LLC will give out free turkeys, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the firm’s office, 1528 Palm Bay Road NE, Palm Bay, FL. The law firm has sponsored the turkey giveaway for the last three years. This year the firm is … Read More

Congratulations – you’re fired

“The company where I’ve worked for 30 years will be closing in March 2017. If I stay until the end I will receive a 6-month severance. How can I effectively use the next six months to position myself for a new career, and collect the severance – or is this the right approach? Thanks!”  Jeff Congratulations on getting a 6-month advance notice and then a 6-month severance.  For a company that’s closing, you are being given a very generous exit plan.  Yes, I absolutely recommend you stay where you are and collect the severance.  Think about it – for the next six months … Read More

Now is the time to push forward

Hi Dan,  I’m finishing up a website and resume (I’m a graphic designer) and am hoping to begin the official job search soon. However, should I be concerned that the holidays are approaching? In 48 Days To The Work You Love you suggest that it’s better to NOT contact managers at busy times (Mondays, Fridays, etc…). Would the holiday season/end of the year qualify as an altogether tough time to request interview time? Thanks for your help,  Chad ********************************* Great question!  This is a time of year when a lot of job seekers think they might as well wait until Jan. … Read More

48 Days – Really?

“Hi Dan,  I see from your website that if one follows the instructions, one is guaranteed a job within 48 days.  I have been wanting to change careers for 3 years.  I am currently employed full-time.  Are the book’s techniques feasible for someone who has to squeeze info interviews and regular interviews around a full-time job? (My goal is to get a new job within the next 90 days.  I have identified my target and have revised my resume.) One follow-up question, do you really know people who’ve landed a job in 48 days using your techniques while employed full-time?  … Read More

Was it a failure or a step toward your success?

The unexpected changes happening today are causing a lot of people to think they have “failed.”  But have they really, or is that occurrence a necessary step toward success?  Is it possible to be extraordinarily great in any area of our lives without going through those inevitable “failures?”  Can a world-class golfer get to greatness without hitting a lot of balls in the lake?  Can faith be mature and strong without going through doubt and radical uncertainty?  Does a person ever find that perfect job without going through several disappointments or even firings first?  I think we need to change … Read More

Should I look for a job during the holidays?

Hi Dan, I’m finishing up a website and resume (I’m a graphic designer) and am hoping to begin the official job search soon. However, should I be concerned that the holidays are approaching? In 48 Days To The Work You Love you suggest that it’s better to NOT contact managers at busy times (Mondays, Fridays, etc…). Would the holiday season/end of the year qualify as an altogether tough time to request interview time? Thanks for your help,  Chad ************************************************** Chad, Great question!  This is a time of year when a lot of job seekers think they might as well wait until … Read More

Five fatal flaws for your job search

Monday night I spoke to a large Career Transition group in Brentwood Tennessee.  I met lots of people who are in the process of moving through unexpected transitions.  Some have welcomed the opportunity to redirect and know they are moving to work that is more in alignment with their dreams.  But I also talked to many who were discouraged, convinced the economy is bad and no one is hiring. Here are 5 quick flaws I heard in my conversations with these folks – some having been “out of a job” now for 9-22 months.  These flaws are killers for your … Read More

The Taco Bell dude

Most of you know my fine culinary habits take me to Taco Bell on a frequent basis.  Having vegetarian kids and grandkids makes it a common landing place with something for everyone.  (Joanne would debate that.) A couple weeks ago I witnessed a job hiring experience that blew my mind.  I was sitting there quietly eating my 7-layer (black bean substitution) and saw a young guy (Jeff) walk in with a job application form in his hand.  Upon being alerted, the manager came out and sat down with this guy.  I was sitting close enough to observe and hear the … Read More