Today, I want to talk with you about a dilemma that a lot of folks find themselves in — especially after the kids have left home, and it's time to start thinking about the next chapter of their own life.
I'm talking about the "grinding-away-until-retirement" dilemma.
On one hand, retirement is still 10-15 years away. And although you might love to retire now, unless you want to spend your "golden years" in the poor house, you need to continue working and building up your nest egg.
Here's a phenomenon I've noticed.
It happens sometimes when you've been out of work for longer than you expected. It's one of those "head trash" issues that erodes your confidence.
You start out as unemployed.
You're looking for a job. You're back on the talent market.
A few days ago, we were talking about "warm" job leads – i.e. introductions from friends/colleagues who are known, liked, and trusted by hiring managers.
And I urged you to spend an hour or so, this week if you can, reaching out to old co-workers or anyone else you know in your circle who might know a hiring manager who is looking for someone like you to join their team.
Because these are the best kind of job leads you can ever get.
A lot of folks – myself included sometimes – are afraid to ask for help.
We're afraid of imposing ourselves onto other people, or putting those we care about in a position where they have to turn us down and feel bad for it.
But here's something I've come to appreciate lately:
When I was a kid and we used to go trick-or-treating, I remember there was this house in my neighborhood that my friends and I would always skip.
The house was practically a mansion and it had a HUGE driveway.
I guess, looking back, it was kind of intimidating. It looked like it belonged to a rich guy who'd shout at us and chase us away if we dared knock on his door.
A few weeks ago, we spoke about why EVERY job seeker should have an elevator pitch ("Memorize this word for word").
Hopefully, you've created one by now.
(If not, you might want to consider joining Dream Job Formula -- because, in this program, I take you through the process of: (a) determining what you want from your dream job; (b) figuring out your "unique selling point" as a candidate; and (c) putting together an elevator pitch, resume, and cover letter that work together to position you as a star candidate.)
Here's a simple rule that will serve you well:
I.e. it will create new opportunities for you for years to come, including job opportunities right now and career advantages later on.
When you're at an event, and you've just met someone new, and you've had an interesting conversation that you both want to continue offline, and you're about to shake their hand and move on...
Ask for their business card.
It's been almost a week since I shared my idea with you -- about teaching you one new habit or improvement you can make to your job search game, that will help you double your chances of landing a job in 72.
We've already seen some great stuff.
Like, how you can put a small twist on the traditional "thank you" note to make them many times more effective...
One of my favorite movies is It's a Wonderful Life.
Although it contains many important life lessons -- and quite a few lessons about success -- there's one that always stood out to me:
George (the main character) was about to jump off a bridge and into a freezing river -- over a missing $8,000 (which was worth a lot more in those days). However, after his guardian angel talks him out of it, and when George returns home... he sees that all his friends and neighbours had pulled together and found $8,000 to help him out, without his asking for it.
There was another scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory that left an impression on me, and I think every job candidate ought to take heed:
It's Charlie's birthday, and Grandpa George and Grandpa Joe bought him a Wonka Bar. The first ticket already got found by the German kid. Everyone's gathering around, watching Charlie open the bar, hoping the second one is inside waiting for him. Charlie asks:
"I've got the same chance as anybody else, haven't I? "