The Bucket List Career with Christa Lauri


On Christa Lauri’s podcast, we start off talking about the right way to act after getting fired and taking an active role in charting your career. The career marketplace is very different today.

I suppose there’s quite a bit of recovery-after-loss in my career: fired 39% of the time in my Hollywood career.

We talk about my pivot from movie lover to film executive and eventually tech entrepreneur, before my career crashed and burned when the tech bubble burst in 2001 and my young startup went belly-up. Today, we all need to become more resilient, more self-reliant, and more specific about what we do and what results we deliver. We need to think of ourselves as consultants vs. employees – even if we’re working in a fulltime W-2 position.

Biggest tip: Don’t rely on your resume. It’s not going to get you an interview. Instead, while you still have a job, spend time every week building and nurturing your network. It’s an investment that will pay off big-time.

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John Tarnoff is an executive and career transition coach, speaker, and author who supports mid and late-career professionals in defining, planning, and achieving more meaningful and sustainable careers.

Fired 39% during his 35 years as a film producer, studio executive and tech entrepreneur, he learned how to turn setbacks into successes in a volatile business. He reinvented his own career at 50, earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology to share his career lessons with others going through similar challenges.

Since leaving entertainment in 2010, John has coached individuals, groups, and led career workshops for university alumni, including for UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Corporate coaching clients have included Bank of America, Bridgewater Assoc., Levi-Strauss, Softbank, TD Ameritrade, and Thrive Global.

He is the author of the best-selling Boomer Reinvention: How to Create your Dream Career Over 50 and has been named a Top Influencer in Aging by PBS/NextAvenue.


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