Forbes Top 100 Websites for your Career

Forbes Top 100 WebsitesCareer Pivot made the Forbes Top 100 Websites for your Career

We made the Forbes Top 100 Websites for your Career list with a website that is only 19 months old. I say “we” because I could not have done this without your support. I first want to say

Thank You!

Let’s take a look at who is on the list!

In this post, I want to point out websites that might be very useful in managing your career. My next post, I will be looking at what is not there.

The list is loaded with big names:

  1. CareerBuilder
  2. About.com/Careers 
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  4. Dice.com
  5. Glassdoor
  6. Idealist.org
  7. Indeed
  8. LinkedIn
  9. Monster.com
  10. Recruiter.com
  11. Salary.com
  12. Simply Hired
  13. TheLadders
  14. Twitter
  15. USAJobs

All of these websites are well established and funded. These are either corporate, government, or non-profit.

What sites on the Forbes Top 100 Websites should you consider following:

My Lifestyle Career
Thinking about working on a part-time basis during your retirement? Career coach Nancy Collamer, author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement offers advice on career reinvention, lifestyle-friendly income ideas and the best resources for boomers eager to leave the 9 to 5 workplace behind.

Note – Nancy is a regular contributor to PBS NextAvenue. I have reviewed her book on Amazon. You can read my review here.

Jibberjobber
Jibberjobber was originally designed to help people organize and track their job search—but has since evolved into a “personal relationship manager” that allows you to manage your job search and optimize your network relationships for the duration of your career. The site was designed by Jason Alba during his first real job search in early 2006. Membership to the website is free, but users can pay to upgrade their account to Silver ($60/year) or Premium ($99/year) status—which offers additional features.

Note – I personally know the Jibberjobber founder, Jason Alba, and he is a true visionary in this arena. I use Jibberjobber in my business and recommend it’s use to my clients. Jason recently published his latest book 51 Alternatives to a Real Job. I have not read this book as yet but plan to write a review before the end of the year.

Pivot Planet
Pivot Planet, a resource for finding real-life career and start-up business advice shared by experienced advisers who can answer your questions and offer insights into their profession anywhere, anytime (for $50+ an hour), is the brainchild of Brian Kurth, founder of the in-person career mentorship company VocationVacations. Pivot Planet connects people around the world looking to “pivot” from an existing career to a new one–or to enhance their current job skills with expert advisers working in hundreds of fields. The advisers provide one-on-one video and phone sessions—and some even offer the option of in-person mentorship.

Note – Brian relocated to Austin Texas in the last year and I have gotten to know this fine gentleman. He has a true passion in helping people. In fact, PivotPlanet was in the NY Times last week — Taste-Testing a Second Career, With a Mentor. Great read

Personal Branding Blog
Founded in 2007 by Dan Schawbel, managing partner at Millennial Branding, a Boston-based company that does research and consulting on Generation Y, Personal Branding Blog offers information about how to create your personal brand. The blog includes video podcasts, interviews with branding specialists, research reports, articles and games. Schawbel is also a Forbes.com contributor and the author of Me 2.0, Revised and Updated Edition: 4 Steps to Building Your Future and Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success

Note – I write a weekly blog post for this website that appears every Sunday. The same article appears the following Wednesday on this blog. Personal Branding is key to every baby boomers future. It is important that you get a thorough grasp of this topic.

Next week, I will make some observations of what is not on the Forbes Top 100 Websites for your career list.

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Repurpose Your Career – 5 Steps to your Career Pivot

Repurpose Your Career by Marc Miller and Susan Lahey

Repurpose Your Career – Forbes, US News and UT Webinar

Whether you are a baby boomer, generation x’er or millennial, retirement like your parents had is no longer a possibility for most. Everyone will have to go through career changes or Career Pivots. At some point of time you will likely Repurpose Your Career!

Step 1: Know Thyself. It may sound trite but if you do not know what you want then…. What kind of boss do you want? What kind of team..
Step 2: Build your tribe. We live in a referral economy. Your network is critical to any career move.
Step 3: Act on facts, not assumptions. Have you talked with employees at your target company? Have you talked with former employees? How the heck to do you whether you want to work there?
Step 4: Learn how to network strategically. Learn the strategy of asking for A-I-R. Advise, Incites and Recommendations. When you ask for advice no on turns you down. Well…. if they do turn you down they are a jerk and you do not want to talk with them anyway!
Step 5: Learn to ask for help. If you are going to make a Career Pivot, you likely will no longer be the expert. You just have to suck it up and ask for help. I understand. I am a guy. I do not like asking for directions no matter how lost I am! Read the Forbes post by Career Pivot — The Key to a Successful Career Shift: Asking for Help

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Where can you learn more. Read the post by Miriam Salpeter in US News Career section called  6 Tips for Making a Successful Career Change where Marc Miller aka Career Pivot is quoted.

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Plus, the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Alumni Association will be hosting Career Pivot for a free career webinar called Repurpose Your Career – 5 Steps to Your Next Career Pivot.  This webinar is Free and Open to the Public. To RSVP click here.

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“If you’re deciding what to do for act two of your career, read this book.” ~ Miriam Salpeter, Keppie Careers

Available on Amazon.com

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Career Pivot is one year old – Time to reflect

Career PivotTime to Reflect

I work with my clients to take the time to reflect back every 6 to 12 months on what they have accomplished.

The Career Pivot brand and website was launched on February 12th of last year. It was a team effort to get everything launched.

Along with my coach, Sherry Lowry, I had a team. I had a team that I could depend on.

With the help of Joey McGirr and others I established my brand in the social media space in Austin. So much so that I am on the panel next week at Social Media Breakfast for the topic How Different Generations Use Social Media.

Cure for Career Insanity

I developed a webinar series called the Cure for Career Insanity. I ran two pilots sessions and the feedback was great. The challenge is developing a marketing plan. My current plan is to launch the series later in the year along with a book by the same title.

Repurpose Your Career by Marc Miller and Susan LaheyRepurpose Your Career – A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers

What I have learned about self publishing in the last year! None of it is really hard or difficult. There are a lot of steps. I owe a debt of gratitude to Gudjon Bergmann, who guided my team through this process. This is everything from determining the title, chapters to the book layout.

I get lots of complements on the book cover. The cover design was done my Mami Serwaa who worked for Trish Lee and Book Elves Publishing. Mami put me through a branding process and gave me a choice of three designs. I then crowdsourced the design to my “tribe” and selected a design. Mami then went about selecting pictures and again I crowdsourced to my “tribe”.

Repurpose Your Career – Practical Guide for Baby Boomers was published on Amazon January 1, 2013 in Paperback and Kindle editions.

Austin Business Owners Meetup

I continued to partner with Caroline Valentine of Valentine HR to host the Austin Business Owners Meetup. By the way, we have a great program this month .

Public Relations

I worked and worked at PR all year. Dave Manzer of PR over Coffee has been a real mentor. Nothing much had happened until last week. BOOM!

Launch Pad Job Club and Leadership Austin

I continued to serve on the board of directors of Launch Pad Job Club and I was selected to be part of the Leadership Austin Essential Class of 2013, the best class ever! What an honor!!

What did not work?

I launched a series of LinkedIn workshops that targeted small business. Even though I had great feedback, small business people do not like to part with their money! I am still working on how to promote these LinkedIn workshops.

Why am I doing this?

I am writing this post for me. It is incredibly rewarding for me to see how much I have accomplished in the last year.

It also a way of saying Thank You! Thank you to everyone who helped me in the last twelve months.

Have you reflected back on the last 12 months? Is time to reflect back on your accomplishments?

What have you learned?

What have you accomplished?

Have you said Thank You?

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The Key to a Successful Career Shift: Asking for Help

Repurpose Your Career

Many people switching fields are loath to reach out to someone who already knows how to get the job done. Here’s how to ask with confidence.

My colleague was in her 20s. I was old enough to be her father. But I had switched careers in midlife to be a math teacher in an inner city school, where I could tell that she knew what she was doing. I, on the other hand, was ready to jump out the window.

So I asked her for help. Begged might be a better word. If she would give me her lesson plans, I figured, I would follow her every move, like a little puppy dog — a 6-foot-4-inch puppy with hair loss and wrinkles — until I got the hang of teaching. Voila!

Advice From a Career-Design Coach

I’ve made seven career changes, currently work as a career-design coach for other boomers and just wrote Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers. My experience and research has shown me that asking for help is the biggest hurdle people in midlife face when shifting careers. But it’s also the essential first step.

(MORE: How to Start a New, More Meaningful Career)

We really struggle, however, before asking others for assistance. It’s hard to swallow your pride, forgo speeches to new, young co-workers that begin “I was doing such and such before you were born” and instead say, “I need help.”

To get the rest of the story go to the PBS Next Avenue website.

Next Avenue

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3 Biggest Barriers to Change in Making a Career Pivot

barriers to changeWhat are your “Barriers to Change”?

What is stopping you? Think about it!

We all have them! What is stopping you from making a career pivot?

3 Barriers to Change

Fear

  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of financial ruin
  • Fear of loss of prestige

Fear is a powerful emotion.

I remember riding a roller coaster with my son for the very first time. When we came to the end I asked him how was the experience. He said with a huge smile on his face:

That was scary! He had a huge smile on his face.

I asked him, if he wanted to do it again? He responded

NO WAY!

Our fears protect us. They can also paralyze us. Often our fears are based on experiences but they can be totally made up, based on what we have been told by our parents, society, friends,…….

What fears do you have that are barriers to change?

Having to Ask for Help

I am a guy! I hate to ask for help! I do not like to ask for directions! There, I admitted it!

When making a change you will have to ask for help! When I went off to teach high school math after living through a near fatal bicycle accident, I was humbled! I had to learn to ask for help and it was not easy!

I was no longer the expert. I was teaching Algebra II to a room full of poor minority teenagers. I did not know their world and how to properly teach them in a way they could absorb the material! I had spent nearly 4 years training engineers in China and teaching these teenagers made that experience feel like a walk in the park.

I humbled myself and asked a teacher, who I was old enough to be her father, for help.

Are you ready to be humble and ask for help?  Is this one of your barriers to change?

Finances

When making a career pivot you will almost always end up making less money for a period of time. That is why you need to look at your entire life circumstances and possibly repack your bags. I wrote a blog post recently called Baby Boomers Repack Your Bags of Life.

I have made multiple career pivots where I went from making a nice six figure salary to making less that $40K per year. Each time I made the conscious decision and made lifestyle adjustments.

You need to ask yourself is it the money or your happiness?

What other barriers to change are there for you?

These are great things to ponder over during the holiday break. Take some time to write down your barriers to change.

If you would not mind share them below.

This is one of the major items discussed in my new book Repurpose Your Career – A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers. I just sent out 60 review copies to readers of this blog. If you want to be contacted when the book goes on sale or when there are specials please register here.

I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!! Curated career content will continue to be posted to the Career Pivot Twitter , Facebook and RebelMouse pages through out the holiday season!

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Will 2013 be the year to have your Moment of Clarity?

Moment of ClarityMoment of Clarity

We live our lives looking at the world through filters but when something dramatic happens the filters come down.  One of these dramatic moments can be called a moment of clarity.

The idea that prompted this post was a post on the LinkedIn blog called The Compliment That Almost Made Me Quit.

These moments are brought on when we experience major shifts in our lives. This could be getting married or divorced, births, deaths, job changes, or in the case of the LinkedIn blog post the author reached a point of exhaustion and needed to ask for advice.

Twenty years ago this month I had a major moment of clarity.

Earlier in my career I gotten in a very typical cycle:

  1. Take on new tasks
  2. Never give up old tasks
  3. work hard
  4. Eventually break. This was usually back spasms.
  5. Take time and take care of myself.
  6. Heal
  7. Go to step 1

The cycle would repeat itself but each time the cycle would shorten in duration.

My Moment of Clarity

During the Christmas holidays of 1992, my L4/L5 disc in my back ruptured. My chiropractor was the only doctor who would see me during the holiday. She had an MRI performed and confirmed the diagnosis. She made an appointment for me with a neurosurgeon after the new year. Chiropractors do not dispense medication. I was forced to go the county hospital emergency room to get pain killers. I have lots of stories from that experience. Go to the county hospital emergency room on new years eve in the middle of a cocaine epidemic!!

The neurosurgeon looked at my MRI and gave me two choices:

  1. Have surgery
  2. Bed rest

He said the disk would probably heal given enough time. He gave me a cortisone shot and told me to see him in a week.

To make a long story short, I spent the next three months in bed and/or rehab.  I do not like doctors with sharp implements!

Everything was taken away. I felt pretty good!

I broke the cycle.  I saw what was important to me. The filters came down.

I look at that painful recovery as a positive experience. I learned so much about myself.

I came back to work as team lead of a worldwide technical training group in April of 1993. IBM was in chaos. They had come within two weeks of declaring bankruptcy. My boss was gone and replace by a totally inexperienced replacement. I had friends who were being told to retire. They were emotionally and financially ill prepared.

I could have easily been caught up into the situation but my mind was clear. It was a true moment of clarity.

I made the decision to leave the organization and make a career pivot. I went to an elite customer briefing center. They wanted me for my technical and presentations skills. I had zero sales experience. I had half the skills required but personal relationships with numerous people in the new group.

My mind was clear. It was a true moment of clarity.

I dedicate a whole chapter to the concept of “Moment of Clarity” in my new book Repurpose Your Career – A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers due out in January.

When have you had a Moment of Clarity?

Admit it, you have had at least one! What did you learn?

Will you have one in 2013?

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Asking for what you want in your career – A true story

Asking for what you want in your careerAsking for what you want in your Career

Are you asking for what you want in your career or job?

I want to tell you a story.  It is the story of a client of mine that I will call “Larry”.

Larry came to me a year ago very unhappy in his current position.

Larry is in 50′s having spent most of his career in the non-profit community as a CFO. He now works for a for-profit company that services the non-profit community in a sales capacity. His company has experienced disappointing sales since the beginning of the recession.  DUH! Larry spent much of the last year making cold calls. He hated it.

In the sales world you would call Larry a farmer. He was good at cultivating relationships and taking care of the customer. He was not a hunter. A hunter is salesman who is good at finding and closing new business.

Larry thought he was going to be let go. As it turned out he was reassigned to a group that was build a new business around a new product. He bought himself a year.

Larry’s boss told him about a survey they wanted to develop for their channel partners. Larry went I want to do that!

Larry went about interviewing the largest partners. He then developed a survey for the rest of the partner community. He analyzed the data and made some very significant suggestions to management.

When I would talk to Larry he would just glow about doing this work. We dug into why this was so much fun.  He loved taking the numbers and putting them into human terms.

I told Larry that he was very uniquely skilled and he was probably the only person in the company who could have done this job well.

Well…. several weeks later after his report went all the way up to the CEO, his boss came back with a glowing report and told Larry that “he was probably the only person in the company who could have done this.”

When we met again, I told Larry to ask for more. It was obvious that they needed his talents, he needed to talk to his boss and ask for more! Larry responded huh? Larry had never thought about asking for what he wanted.

To make a long story short, they are now creating a position for Larry. Larry was asking for what he wanted.

Larry is happier than he has been in years. He is getting to do work that he thoroughly enjoys.

At the same time I am working with Larry on other endeavors including writing a book and garnering speaking engagements at non-profit conferences. This will develop into an alternative career that he can continue to do for many years. This is Larry’s Career Pivot.

Are you asking for what you want in your career or job?

If you missed my recent post on my upcoming book “Repurpose Your Career – A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers” please go check it out.

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Baby Boomers Repurpose Your Career

Reinvent Your CareerRepurpose Your Career?

Repurpose Your Career? What does that mean?

I want you to think back to your early to mid twenties. For most of us we were pretty blissful! (Ignorance is Bliss!)

We did not know what we did not know.

We had no Money.

We had no Stuff.

We knew we were going to have to work for 30 to 40 years.

Most of us made our first career decisions in a vacuum. We did one of the following:

  • Did what our parents told us to do
  • Took whatever was available

Let’s fast forward to today.

Like most baby boomers, you probably have very little money saved. At least, not enough to retire.

You probably have a lot of Stuff! Boy do we like to collect stuff! George Carlin spoke about stuff 25 years ago. It is still true today!!

You also know you will have to work another 20 years.

Does this sound familiar?

Many of us will work well into our seventies.

Can you make better career decisions for the next twenty years than you did in your twenties?

I certainly hope so!

You need to Repurpose Your Career!

Will this be risky? Yes, but playing it safe is the new risky!

Will you have fun again in your career? Why not? Are you having fun today?

Baby Boomers are returning to college!

Baby Boomers are starting businesses with their retirement savings!

The primary reason I started Career Pivot and I am writing the book “Repurpose Your Career – A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers” is I have had more friends wiped out in these last two recessions and will never be able to retire.

I also came to understand that retirement as was sold to us is a dated concept.

Are you going to use the same old thinking where you will probably get the same old results or are you willing to repurpose your career.

Think about it. Is there something you always wanted to do but were unwilling to take the risk? I sure was! It took being put in a highly unethical position at work and failing health due to stress that kicked me in the a** to take a risk and start my business.

My book “Repurpose Your Career – A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers” is due out in January and I am looking for speaking venues to give a talk called “The Baby Boomer Retirement Paradox”. If you belong a civic group anywhere in the state of Texas where this talk would be appropriate, please contact me by clicking here.

More on the process to Repurpose Your Career in coming blog posts.

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Summary Sunday – Curated Career Content from Around the Web

Summary Sunday

In a recent post I suggested that you could curate content to demonstrate your expertise. I have started using the Career Pivot Facebook Page and the Career Pivot Rebel Mouse page to collect content I find daily. Two articles are posted daily and I will be publishing a summary each Sunday on this website as Summary Sunday!

Social Media

Networking

Job Search

Education

Retirement

“Like” the Career Pivot Facebook Page  to get daily updates.

Let me know what you think about this content!

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10 Most Viewed Posts on Career Pivot Blog

Career Pivot Blog

Career Pivot Blog

The Career Pivot blog and brand was launched February 12th of this year. I thought it would be interesting to look at the 10 most viewed posts.

  1. #1 setting on LinkedIn to keep your current employer from knowing you are looking for a job
  2. What if you are not passionate about anything?
  3. Cure for Career Insanity – Your boss sucks! Why?
  4. Career Pivot – Dealing with that Directionless Feeling
  5. Don’t Retire Even If You Can — A Baby Boomer Manifesto
  6. What is Strategic Networking?
  7. #1 Method to Find the Keywords I Should Be Using to Manage My Career
  8. What if you are not passionate about anything? – Followup
  9. The Baby Boomer Retirement Paradox
  10. #1 Setting on LinkedIn to make sure your LinkedIn profile is found by Google

Four Career Pivot blog posts are found daily through Google

  1. What if you are not passionate about anything?
  2. Cure for Career Insanity – Your boss sucks! Why?
  3. Career Pivot – Dealing with that Directionless Feeling
  4. What if you are not passionate about anything? – Followup

The combined number of views of these four posts exceeded 1,600 in the last seven months. All from search!

What does that tell you?

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