A few days ago, I shared how I’m putting the finishing touches on my new program for finding your dream retirement career, making it a reality, and escaping the daily grind.
I’m doing this because facing “traditional” retirement presents a dilemma for many folks.
After the kids have left home, and it’s time to start thinking about the next chapter in their own lives, they wonder if they will have to keep grinding away until the day they can officially stop working and “retire”.
Since I shared those three “retirement career” stories (about Dr. Jack, Kate, and Jody) over the last few days, two things have happened:
First, I received many emails from Daily Success Boost readers who said they could really relate to them – folks who are in a similar situation, and they’re now wondering if it’s worth grinding it out and waiting for retirement.
Second, a lot of these folks asked if I could share some more specific advice on how to find their dream retirement career as soon as possible.
The answer is, yes, I can.
Joni was an accountant for Lehman Brothers.
It paid her well, but she grew to hate her job and always dreamt of doing something else.
However, she stayed put and kept her nose to the grindstone instead of following her dreams.
The money was too good.
She kept getting massive bonuses in the form of Lehman stock, so she stayed on and kept socking it away until she had enough to retire.
Kate was a 53-year-old, successful executive for a public company.
She always put in the extra hours to advance her career. And she once again lined herself up to win a big promotion with a new division and to take her career to the next level.
If she got the position, she’d get more money, more prestige, and more power at work. It was the opportunity of a lifetime – complete with access to a private jet and carte blanche expense account.
However, the position had some significant drawbacks:
She wondered if she had the desire and energy to last another ten or twenty years – grinding away in a high-prestige job she didn't truly love.
Dr. Jack had always planned to sell his practice and retire to travel the world in style. So, he followed his dreams, closed up shop, and hit the road.
But then, after a year of trekking the globe, he discovered something:
He missed being a doctor.
Seeing the world was fun, but somehow this kind of retirement wasn’t everything he’d imagined.
Some time ago, a client – let's call her "Joan" – wrote in with a problem that so many candidates face. (Maybe you're experiencing this too...)
She was a former executive assistant who, after seven years of service, was abruptly laid off due to downsizing. However, she was certain that getting another position would be fairly easy with her track record.
But now, after nearly a year of searching for her dream job without success, she felt her confidence plummeting and her frustration skyrocketing.
Desperately, she tried just about everything to ace her interviews.
She wore a suit. She wore a dress.
She wore her glasses. She wore contacts.
Here's something a lot of folks don't know:
If you browse through all the managers you know on LinkedIn -- and if you've used some of the tips I've been sharing these last few weeks, you should be connected with dozens of managers in your area -- it looks like most of them aren’t hiring.
But you'd be surprised.
As promised, over the next few days, I'm going to share some of the most powerful methods I know for leveraging your LinkedIn profile and network to attract more job opportunities and land interviews.
Today, we'll start with one I bet nobody ever told you about before.
It's about reviews.
Did I ever tell you about strong ties vs. weak ties?
It has nothing to do with neckties -- these kind of "ties" are about relationships with people who could, potentially, put you on the radar of hiring managers and help you land stellar job opportunities.
Strong ties are the people you know really, really well.
(Friends, members of your family, co-workers, bosses, neighbors, etc.)
Weak ties are the people you only just know.
(That person you met at a industry conference and exchanged two LinkedIn messages with, or your son's friend's mom who you occasionally run into.)
Here are three of my favorite job "directories". These are places where you can find jobs -- if you know how.
They are unknown to most people -- or, if folks do know about them, they're overlooked (either way, to the savvy, opportunities are ripe for the picking).
There's no tease today, no big build-up.
BUT -- there is one crucial caveat, which I'll tell you about at the end. (Make sure you read it, otherwise you might not know how to use these resources.)
Here they are: