All Posts by John

Reinvention is a Choice

In this podcast with psychologist Sally Fox, I talk about some of the factors that drive career reinventions for us at the late-career stage. Recovering from a career setback like getting fired is never an easy thing.  But it is definitely possible, and pivoting to a new mindset is crucial.

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Boomers Start Here: How to Reframe

With increasing regularity, late-career professionals are hitting a wall in their fifties. Whether they’ve been summarily let go, bought out of their jobs, or are unwilling to retire, baby boomers often find themselves at a career crossroads, unsure of their next steps. Low retirement savings, increased longevity, and unexpected family responsibilities (to adult children and/or […]

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First Job Interview in 20 Years? Nail It!

A job interview at any age is an intimidating experience. When you’re older and out of practice, it feels like the stakes are even higher. I don’t think it matters where you’re applying — whether it is a job interview in your industry or if you’re striking out in a new direction, interviews are interviews. They’re scary, […]

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Why You Should Become a Thought Leader

A thought leader is someone with opinions shaped by experience, interaction, and critical thinking, who is known for the way they articulate their particular point of view. In our connected, social-media-dominated world, engaging as a thought leader by publishing blog posts and comments is a great way to stand out in a competitive career marketplace. […]

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Smart Networking Will Bring the Job to You

“Chase relationships, not job openings.” This is a mantra I share with my graduate students as well as with my boomer clients when it comes to networking. This represents a paradigm shift away from thinking that career development is mainly about distributing résumés to apply for open positions. In the digital age, we all have […]

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Looking For a New Job? Keep a Journal!

Finding a new job entails searching, but it also demands reflection. Process your ideas, intentions, anxieties and aspirations through keeping a daily journal. Journals are a staple of transformational work. If you have used journals to help you lose weight, to track a business project, or simply to document a particular period in your life, […]

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Take Control of Your Job Interview: Be a Problem Solver

Dan Goetz, a business owner I profile in my book, Boomer Reinvention: How to Create Your Dream Career Over 50, used to see himself (pre-reinvention) as a hired gun. After he was let go as CEO of a family-owned manufacturing company, he found it challenging to find a job as senior and as satisfying as […]

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Make Your Own Luck: Create an Affirmation

Do you subscribe to the idea that change is an “inside job?” Getting a new job or starting a new business is not simply about fielding opportunities. And change is certainly not a matter of “luck.” It is about focusing on what’s going on inside you: what you like to do, what you’re good at, how you […]

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