I picked up the phone and a voice cried ...

“I Just Lost My Job!”


Maybe your focus is on the wrong problem.

Steve Coerper

It’s been said that a ‘recession’ is when your neighbor loses his job, and a ‘depression’ is when you lose yours.  But for many, losing a job (and especially when the termination was unexpected) seems more like “the end of the world.”

Well, if you’re reading this, it’s obvious the world hasn’t ended.  And while losing a job is usually unpleasant, many folks view the event in retrospect and think it’s one of the best things that ever happened to them.

Your life is what you make it, as you probably know.  You can make this transition one of the best things that ever happened to you.

Ready to get started?

It’s really not complicated:

  1.   decide where you want to be,
  2.   identify the problems along the way, and
  3.   solve those problems.

The mistake many people make is that they are looking at the wrong problems.  Let me explain.

The people you want to work with have problems, and those are the problems you need to focus on.  The reason  –  and the only reason  –  why a prospective employer might consider bringing you onboard is because you can help them.  They don’t want to solve YOUR problem (“I need a job!”) but they want you to help them solve theirs.  So if you can just figure out what their problem is, and help them solve it, they will give you what you want.

We call this approach to a job search "Proposal Marketing."  If you have tried papering the job market with résumés and you are not getting results, you may want to consider it.

If this makes sense to you and you want to find out where to look and how to identify those ‘problems’ that are your stepping stones to success, visit the 'Resources' link below.

Your bright and shining future can start today.  Are you ready?


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The author is a transition and self esteem coach living in Raleigh, North-Carolina.