People in Transition with Bob Gerst


HR pro Bob Gerst was particularly interested in how to use networking as the cornerstone of a job search. We also covered some of the more “philosophical” aspects of my program, such as the idea that the career you want is already inside you. Here’s the complete rundown on the conversation:

  •  In networking, you should follow your “A B G” (“Always, Be, Giving”): think first about what you can do to support the people in your network before asking for help.
  •  Worry about how you can meet someone that can refer you for the job – don’t worry about what the job description says about the role.
  •  The role you want in the future needs to connect with your values.
  •  Follow three keys in searching for your next great job 1. Focus on your Superpower (what you do best)  2. Build a Community  (like-minded colleagues to refer you to opportunities) 3. Become a Thought     Leader (Stand up for what you stand for, build trust and credibility).
  •  The career you want is already inside of you: follow your inner knowing and intuition. Question the negative messages that will come at you.
  •  To create your future, you need to reconcile your past: clear emotional baggage and limiting beliefs.
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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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