Whether you are unemployed or under-employed in today's quick changing business climate, we're sure you've experienced the frustration and pain of trying to find your next "right opportunity". 

You follow lead after lead after lead and send resumes to everyone - but to no avail. The months go by and you're concerned that your skills will go down. Sometimes it seems as if you will never find your next "right" opportunity. 

We'd like to offer you a word of encouragement - 


But, more than ever, you'll need help. 

FOUR Helpful Steps to Success 

1. Take inventory of what you have accomplished. Make sure that you take a good inventory of things that you've excelled at in the past. This will help to do two things: 
  • A. by including a lot of your positive work, it will help to energize your resume 
  • B. it will improve your chances of success in your next opportunity 
2. Organize your accomplishments into a resume. Your resume is a marketing tool designed to let companies know who you are and what you can do for them. If you've done something exciting in your profession – be sure to include it in your resume! 

An effective way to organize your accomplishments is by using a concept we developed called "P.O.R.T.":

  • Projects
  • Objectives
  • Results
  • Technologies

With this concept you : 

  • o write down your major/most successful projects,
  • o list the objectives of those projects,
  • o tell about the results you were responsible for achieving, and
  • o list the technologies you used to accomplish those results

Don't be overly concerned about the word "technologies"; you may substitute "techniques" or "methodologies" or "means" if it will help you. The primary issue is to tell HOW you did it, HOW you got the results on your projects. 

When you're gathering information about a position for which you seem to be a match, you may want to use the PORT concept to make sure that you have all the pertinent information which you'll need in order to customize your resume for that position and to make sure that you're a good fit. ) 

3. Set realistic expectations as to what it will take to get your next position (change in salary, longer commute, relocation, etc.) 

4. Keep a positive attitude - it takes energy and strength to successfully market yourself! Successful candidates spend more time than ever strengthening themselves for the tough fight of positive job hunting. 

Because we truly want you to be successful in your job search, we suggest that you strengthen yourself with motivational items such as the following: 

Don't Quit 
When things go wrong as they sometimes will, 
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill, 
When the funds are low and the debts are high 
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, 
When care is pressing you down a bit, 
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit. 
Life is queer with its twists and turns, 
As everyone of us sometimes learns, 
And many a failure turns about 
When he might have won had he stuck it out; 
Don't give up though the pace seems slow - 
You may succeed with another blow. 
Success is failure turned inside out - 
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, 
And you never can tell how close you are, 
It may be near when it seems so far; 
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit - 
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit. 
--Clinton Howell 

Now is the time to find the "right" position, so make sure that you "DON'T QUIT"! 

"Employment Solves Problems"

+Thanks, and Keep STRONG!!

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Intellectually I hear you and know what you say is right, but sometimes it builds and builds. I have been out of work since July 2012 and have been trying to get a situation in technical recruiting since then. I have had a series of short-term contracts and now no one wants anything to do with me. I have to make a living too. Why can't people understand that a contractor does not "JOB-HOP?" They move on when the job is done and not until. Is there anyone out there who is willing to see that I still have promise, even though I am over 50? I am too young to retire and certainly too young to die. Isn't there a place for me in this world anymore?




Let's talk on Saturday or Monday, ok?   (You have my contact information, right?)

No. I have your email address only. I guess I need a place to talk about the frustrations of job search-a place where I don't have to keep my professional face on-where I can vent about the interview from hell and how I feel that the older I get the less chance I have of getting back into the workforce. I feel wronged, I really do, and it doesn't help that I lost my last contract because I fell asleep at my desk. This was due to a medical issue and I never got the chance to explain or even to prove I was telling the truth. I am fine now that my medicine is adjusted but I feel like the world has run over me with a tank.

If you want to call me you can but I will not be home until after 7:00 pm eastern today. 972-607-1716.

Thanks for caring...Have a look at my resume...



I'll call you shortly, Bobbi...


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Bobbi - I hope your situation has improved since you posted this, but when I read your note I felt compelled to chime in as I have been in the same situation myself since May 2012 and have recently had to move to Houston, TX to live with family while I continue to look.  I'm not over 50 but I AM over 40, and that seems to be a new magical "too old to train" kind of age in the eyes of recruiters.  I, too, have been a consultant as well as a business owner, which I would think would make me MORE valuable to potential employers, but I don't get that feeling.

It's also difficult when you get passed over for jobs, and 1 of 2 things happens; 1) you see who they hired after they or the employee makes an announcement and you say, "you picked THEM over ME???  I'm twice as qualified as they are, and when I've competed against them for contracts, I've ALWAYS won!"; or 2) you get passed over because you're more qualified for the hiring manager's job and they don't want someone working for them that should in fact be over them.  I know people make these kinds of judgments, but in the case of #2 I've actually had friends from the company (I'm only using examples here of those who were part of or well-informed of the hiring process) that turned me down contact me and tell me that's exactly what happened.

It is SOOO frustrating!!!  It's also tough trying to get into a new field, trying to get people to understand that skills like team building, leadership, problem definition and solution, and others are transferable skills.

Like I said, I hope you've landed something good since you posted this!!  I empathize with what you've put out here, and hope I can get beyond my similar situation as well.



Thanks for chiming in and thanks in particular for this GEM of a view: ""you picked THEM over ME???  I'm twice as qualified as they are, and when I've competed against them for contracts, I've ALWAYS won!"; "

If I can be of help, give me a call, ok?

#KeepSTRONG, David!

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Thanks Vincent, I appreciate it!

I could use some help, so I'll make sure to reach out to you in the next few days.  I'm SO looking forward to when I can be on the other side of the relationship and be the one helping others!!

I can empathize with you, David.  

(But, as a reminder, you're helping people NOW ... even before being fully on the other side...)

By the way: I don't know if you're able to do telecommuting jobs but, at the Brandergy Note, "A Reminder of Networking Resources for Our Job Seeking Friends" is a very much UNDERUTILIZED link to Telecommute Connecticut's telecommuting friendly companies at: http://www.telecommutect.com/employers/tc_friendly.php  

(This link is to companies like IBM, United Technologies, Aetna, CIGNA, United Healthcare, etc.)

Thank you Vincent, you're very kind.

Yes, I'm able and willing to do telecommuting jobs; in fact, I've been looking for those types of jobs because I had to move from DC to Houston to stay with family while I get back on my feet.  Being able to telecommute would help immensely!

How fortuitous that there was a reply to this message that prompted me to come back and be reminded of the great resources on this site!!

GREAT, David!  Happy to help... #KeepSTRONG, good man!

This is very good advice! Thanks for sharing.

Thank you, DeAnna! #KeepSTRONG, my friend...


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