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“How Do I Find A New Career,
When I’ve Lost My Self-Confidence?”


Sofia's always thrown herself head first into new challenges. But a meaningless and uninspiring job has chipped away at her confidence, leaving her full of excuses not to change. When you've lost the motivation you used to rely on, and it feels like all your successes are behind you, how do you build yourself back up to find work you'll love?

How to Cope If You’ve Been Laid Off Due to Covid-19

by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer at

If your hours have been cut or if you’ve been laid off or furloughed, you’re weathering additional stress during an already challenging time. These are some things to keep in mind as you move forward. 

Book Review
Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life by Kerry Hannon


Never Too Old to Get Rich by Kerry Hannon is a guidebook for people in the second half of life who want to start a business. The book is dense with information, presented as a series of case studies and interviews that profile twenty people who started businesses after a career spent doing something else. Never Too Old to Get Rich is full of specific advice backed up by real-life examples.

Kerry Hannoon

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Hiring for Hybrid Roles:
Look for Competencies, Not Skill Sets

by Tom Schoenfelder at

To stay competitive today and into the future, organizations have to be lean and agile. “Lean” often means cutting superfluous positions and trimming salaries, while “agility” usually involves hiring employees who fulfill divergent responsibilities, operate cross-functionally, and move forward without having to cut through layers of corporate bureaucracy.

    At more and more companies, this twin emphasis has, unsurprisingly, led to the establishment of hybrid roles: roles that combine skills that traditionally have not been found in the same job. However, when looking for people to fill such roles, a company’s skills wish list does not often line up with reality.

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Known by the Company You Keep
Unemployed peers can help your job search more than you think

“Why waste my time going to a job search group? They’re just a lot of people who are also out of work. How can they help me?”

    Those are questions that are not without merit. But there are also valid reasons for attending such meetings.

    For one thing, there is a certain sense of comfort in knowing that you are not alone. As lonely as a job search may be, it’s good to know that there are many others out there searching, just like you.

    In addition, going to job search meeting is all part of networking and there are few who would question the value of networking. It doesn’t matter that the people in attendance don’t have jobs. What they have is of more value to you.

    People who attend job search groups have contacts – contacts who may be very beneficial to  you. “Does anyone know someone at XYZ Company?” Also, through their contacts they may learn of open jobs for which they’re not qualified, but you are. Invaluable information.

    Groups such as these also perform a very valuable function. Job search groups tend to hold other members – including you – accountable. Directly or indirectly, they may provide inspiration (through motivation or shame) to keep you going. Especially in a protracted job search, you may need that.

    Also, many advisers counsel that you should surround yourself with people who can enable you grow. Job search groups do just that.

    On a more personal level, if you don’t already have one, at a job search group you may be able to connect with a job search buddy – someone with whom you can meet one-on-one on a regular basis for additional contacts and support.

    Help is where you find it. And a job search group can be a great place to look.

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