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GL HOFFMAN

I really liked this piece, Walter. It really needed to be said, it is not so much about finding that next job, it is figuring out how to make yourself more indispensable as a contributor in any field. thanks for the thoughts.
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GL Hoffman
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Walter Akana

Thanks, GL, I appreciate that! Over the years, I’ve seen too many people take a short-term approach to this longer-term challenge. It is exactly what you’ve said so nicely: “figuring out how to make yourself more indispensable as a contributor in any field.” This has always been important, but I think it’s more critical in today’s web-driven world, with its built-in expectation for documented career accomplishment!

Gayle M. Howard

Walter, very thoughtful piece. I agree 100%. Without a plan, people tend to make the same knee-jerk reactions over and over. As a result, they end up with a career that never gets traction and one where they are constantly disappointed. If a person can take a moment to take a breath, really think about who he is, what he wants, what skills he needs to work on to get where he's going and how to enrich and build on those skills, then he has the blueprint for jumping off the treadmill and into something of value! Great post.

Walter Akana

Hi Gayle! Thanks for your comment! As a career coach doing outplacement, I see the reactive mode a lot. And you have expressed well what happens: “people tend to make the same knee-jerk reactions over and over…[and do not create a] … blueprint for jumping off the treadmill and into something of value!” Unfortunately for them, we are moving into a time when that failure will be a barrier to a truly rewarding career. In fact, with one’s career likely to be a series of moves, great personal clarity as well a sound plan will be critical!

Richard

Great post. Make a plan and learn more skills. I found a great non-profit that has been providing online education to adult jobseekers in 60 IT certifications in (Microsoft,Cisco, Oracle, Sun, A+, Net+, Security+ etc.) and Business (including Project Management certification) at www.nefuniversity.org.

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  • Walter Akana is a Career/Life Strategist who works exclusively with mid-career professionals who want to achieve more self-direction and satisfaction in their careers and lives. He is Reach certified as a Personal Branding and Online Identity strategist, and is a Reach Keynote Speaker

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