I’m a Pastor and just got fired

fired, Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m a Pastor and just got fired You might think there are still some jobs that are immune from firing, but I can’t think of any.  Last week I talked to a “tenured” professor who just got fired and pastors are being fired in droves.  Even the President is constantly under threat of hearing his own phrase, “You’re Fired.”  Your security is never in the job, but in knowing how your skills transfer to multiple organizations.  Other questions we discuss: How does one go through a career hunting process when they are very happy in their current career but are … Read More

Does the 48 Days Job Search process really work?

A reader asks Dan: Does the 48 days job search process really work? Dan answers with another reader's letter of success.

I received this note two days ago: Hi, Dan, I have read your book, 48 days, and I wanted to know does your job search process really work? I have been told that approach, mailing through the mail is old school, takes too long, people toss letters like that in the trash, email is faster, people keep emails as oppose to paper, etc. I have been out of work for 4 months now. I am totally petrified. I have tried networking, passing out my resume to family and friends, etc., and still nothing. I am not a fan of picking … Read More

I Quit!

Being April 1st, getting spring fever, seeing friends who have gone on to better things – these can all give you the urge to just turn in your resignation letter and just say “I Quit!”  Well, here’s help.  This site makes it very easy to play out that fantasy.  You can identify all the unique characteristics of your job, pinpoint your feelings about your boss, list your next career (aroma therapist) and in general, vent your job frustration.  Then hit “Write it” and you will see your instant customized Resignation Letter. Just make sure your current boss isn’t looking over your … Read More

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