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BoomerJobTipsWelcome to this weeks BoomerJobTips Update the central point to get current career information for the Baby Boomer Generation!

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BoomerJobTips – Curated Content for June 13

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BoomerJobTips – Curated Content for May 30

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BoomerJobTips – Curated Content for May 9

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Repurpose Your Career – 5 Steps to Your Next Career Pivot

Your Next Career Pivot

Repurpose your careerWhether you are a Baby Boomer, Gen Xer, or Millennial, retirement like your parents had is no longer a possibility for most. Just about everyone will have to go through career changes—career pivots—sometime in their life. It’s time to learn how to repurpose your career.

Let me lay out five steps for you to follow that will help you repurpose your career and make a successful career change.

Step 1 – Know thyself.

Take time to understand your core needs, like autonomy, creativity, and your own definition of a good team. Reflect back on your career when you were the happiest. Use my Career Reflection Worksheet to guide you through seven areas of job satisfaction.

Many of you have morphed into altered versions of yourselves in order to fit comfortably in corporate America. You may not really know yourself anymore. I use the Birkman Method® assessment to dissect your personality and find those areas where you are no longer in line with your authentic self. Most of us who have worked over 20 years have done this to ourselves!

(More: Career Reflection – A Twice a Year Duty )

Step 2 – Build your tribe.

Who can you count on for help and support during this transition? Who is going to lift your spirits when you slip and fall?

Your next career move will almost always come through a relationship! Strategically build relationships within industries and at companies that can help you make your next career pivot.

Build a team around you…and keep in touch with them!

(More: Strategic Networking – Building Your Tribe )

Step 3 – Act on facts, not assumptions.

We often think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, but when we get there, we find out it’s AstroTurf.

In 2003, I left the high tech industry to teach high school math. I made two flawed assumptions:

  • As an engineer who had taught adults all over the world for 20 years, I assumed that school districts would want me to teach math. They did not! They did not want any guy over 40 years of age (likely because we don’t do what we are told)!
  • I would be able to get reasonable health insurance for my wife, son, and myself from the school district. NOPE! My out-of-pocket expenses were double my COBRA payment. I stayed with COBRA until I could find another alternative.

You need to turn off assumptions and really research new opportunities.

(More: Assumptions – Be Careful when making a Career Pivot)

Step 4 – Learn how to network strategically.

By using social media tools like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, you can target individuals who you need to meet and develop relationships.

Sometimes your best connections will come from people who do not know you from work. When I was looking for a teaching position, my best connector was my chiropractor. She knew a lot of people outside of my normal sphere of contacts.

If you have children, your children’s friends’ parents can be a goldmine of connections. When making a career pivot, you will want to be creative in finding new connections.

(More: Networking Strategically to Your Next Position)

Step 5 – Learn to ask for help.

Yes, I am a guy. I do not like asking for directions. But you’re heading into new territory and no one succeeds at a career pivot without others’ help. Set aside your claims to status and your pride in order to reach for something new where you may now be the rookie. This is hard at first, but it gets easier.

When I went off to teach high school math, I was a total novice. I needed to suck it up, admit that I did not know what I was doing, and ask for help. I found a teacher across the hall who would share her lesson plans with me. For an entire year, I stayed two days behind her teaching schedule.

If you follow these five steps, you will have a good chance of being successful when you repurpose your career.

(More: The Key to a Successful Career Shift: Asking for Help

Special Announcement

As part of the 100 Days on Jobs for Career Changers, FlexJobs.com and Career Pivot are excited to host a webinar on “5 Steps to Repurpose Your Career.” If you’re wondering how to transition your ideas for career change into action, this webinar will be a great resource! For more information and how to register Click Here!
Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

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3rd Anniversary of Career Pivot

3rd Anniversary of Career Pivot

3rd AnniversaryFebruary marks the 3rd anniversary of Career Pivot, which is dedicated to helping baby boomers and others make career transitions.

The Career Pivot website now attracts over 15,000 visitors a month. I wanted to chronicle some of the history behind Career Pivot.

In the Beginning

I was deep in developing curriculum for designing routers and switches using network processors in 2002. The dot com bust was in full bloom. I was traveling back and forth to Asia to train major networking equipment companies. It was then that my world was turned upside down.

On July 11th of 2002, I was riding my bike alongside a local bicycle club. I came down a hill and slammed head-on into a Toyota Corolla. I spent five days in the trauma center, broke a lot of bones, and dislocated a shoulder, but had no internal or brain injuries—that I am willing to admit to! You can read a lot more about his here.

Following Your Passion

In 2003, I decided to volunteer for a layoff and pursue my Texas High School Math teaching certificate. I have a lot of funny stories from this experience.

I taught Algebra I and II for two years in a inner city high school in Austin. Although I felt extremely successful, no one in the administration noticed. After two years, I was exhausted and needed to leave for my own preservation.

Following your passion is not enough.

Launch Pad Job Club

After leaving teaching, I was lost. I did a short contract for the State of Texas as a trainer for a failing project. NOT FUN!

I found myself in a Launch Pad Job Club meeting in April or May of 2006. I saw many others who had been spit out of large technology companies and found themselves…lost. Despite how I felt, I was determined not to return to the world of high tech. I joined the board of directors of Launch Pad later that year.

I pivoted into the non-profit world for a year, only to learn I could not deal with the dysfunctional nature of the industry.

The Great Recession

I was found by a another tech startup in late 2007. What I did not know at the time (and neither did most of you) was that the great recession was just around the corner.

In 2009, the concept of Career Pivot was born. I looked around and found few were addressing the upcoming plight of the baby boomer generation. Every few months, I would attend a Launch Pad meeting—and they were huge!

I left high tech for the second time in 2011 after my boss put me in a highly unethical position.

In 2011, I hired a college intern to do some research on the plight of baby boomers. The numbers he came back with were not just bad, they were awful!

Career Pivot Launch in 2012

The Career Pivot brand and website were launched in February 2012.

Repurpose Your Career – A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers was published in January 2013 and has now sold over 1,200 copies worldwide.

Career Pivot made the Forbes Top 100 Career Website list in September of 2013. Career Pivot has been featured on multiple lists since.

What is very disappointing is that very few other websites have followed. I created my own list this year but….

I am now celebrating the 3rd anniversary of Career Pivot.

What has changed?

  • I see a lot of older Gen Xers with the same issues
  • The economy has improved, but not enough to make a significant difference in most of your lives

What has not changed?

  • Age discrimination is alive and well
  • Retirement is still not attainable for most baby boomers

What has changed for you? What change would you like to see?

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The momentum for Career Pivot continues to build in 2015.

Thank you for all of your support!

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

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The Illusion of Job Security

The Illusion of Job Security

job securityJob security was something I was raised to attain.

I was raised to be an employee to work for a father-like company that would take care of me.  After 30 or 40 years there,  I would retire and ride off into the sunset.

Job security is something that used to just happen. Now, it is something many of you pursue. The reality is that the concept of job security is just an illusion.

Let me tell you about …

I started to work with Susan a couple of years ago. The company she was working for was coming apart. The owners of the business were feuding. She had reached a point in her life that she wanted stability and some real guarantees. She wanted to work for someone who offered a pension.

Sounds like a Leave to Beaver episode from the 1960s.

She decided to pursue a position at a large state university. She followed my targeted job search strategy. After an 18 month search, she landed her dream job. I even wrote about Susan’s job search in a case study.

She landed a position that would be stable. She landed a position with a pension. She thought she finally had job security!

But it was all an illusion.

First Month

After the first month of her new job had past, Susan was really questioning whether she could do the job. The pace of work was fast, and there were job requirements that were not discussed during the interview process. Susan did not have the technical skills required.

Three Month Review

Susan received her three month review and no concerns were raised. Susan was drinking from a firehose. She assumed that she would just have to keep working hard and things would get easier.

They did not!

Six Month Review

Susan went to her boss’ office where she was informed that she was to be let go. Her boss told her that they saw that she was not able to keep up AND that the workload was going to increase. Her boss was willing to write a letter of recommendation.

Susan was the not the first, but the second, casualty from this position. The previous person they hired was let go as well.

Walking Out

As Susan walked to her car with her personal belongings, a sense of relief came over her. She had been stressed for months trying to do the job.

She also realized that the job security she thought she had was all an illusion.

From the beginning, she was set up to fail, just as the previous hire had been.

Job Security

Susan has learned an invaluable lesson. There is no job security—it is all an illusion. You always have to be prepared with a plan to move on. You should always have a Plan B.

Susan is preparing for another career pivot with a new realization that there is no job security.

Has this happened to you?

Marc Miller Career Design Specialist

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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

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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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