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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

So, You Think Your Job is Safe?

"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."
                                                                         Mike Tyson

Scenario : The year is 1995.  You are settled in for nice career at a leading newspaper in your area, confident that you will retire from there in 30 years with a nice pension.  However, about 10 years later, in 2005, you begin to hear the term "digital publishing" more and more often.  You also begin to read and hear that the millennial generation does not read the newspaper at all and something called "Facebook" is occupying more and more of their time.  By 2010, digital publishing and shifting demographic trends have cut your paper's circulation by a third, and the forecasts are for the paper versions of newspapers and books industries to continue to decline.

Your dream of "retiring" from the newspaper has come true...but it's about 10 years earlier than you had anticipated because technology and changes in how people receive and read information has eliminated your job.

Are you prepared to do anything else?  Do you know how to market yourself for a completely different type of job?

One version or another of the above scenario is taking place in just about every industry.  Things change, and they are changing faster now than most of us can imagine.  These changes have put a lot of very talented, experienced people out of work, most of them well before their "plan" allowed.  On more than one occasion I have heard from people who have been displaced from the labor market that  trying to get a new job today is like having to learn the dating game again after someone has been widowed or divorced after 25 years of marriage.  Things are so different now that many of those affected have no idea how to go about starting over.

Our business is about helping people start over.  Some need a little more guidance than others, but just about everyone who finds themselves suddenly and unexpectedly unemployed needs a little help to right the ship again.  While most of what we do is helping people create great resumes, we can also help you prepare for the interview process...and it is a process... and negotiate compensation packages once you get an offer.

Contact us at if you find yourself in one of those life changing circumstances.  We can help.

by Ken Murdock

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