In my first post of the new year, I asked:
What will your Big Story be this new year?
Let's dig into this by looking at the concept of "big" for those in transition.
Lately I have encountered some conversations that I find troubling. For example, many job hunters who are over 50 years of age are feeling defeated by rampant age discrimination.
In one online forum, a career coach made the suggestion "Try to look younger." I nearly put my foot through my laptop.
No. That is not the right answer.
You can't fake your way through an interview. You have got to be Who You Are.
The fact that you are 55 or 60 is not the most important feature of the product you are presenting. What is most important is what that number reflects, which is your Experience, Knowledge, and Gewisto.
If an Employer is stupid enough to turn you down because of the year you graduated high school, then they deserve the fate that awaits them.
More than ever before, if you are going to market to sell your brand, you have got to move with purpose and with confidence.
Don't let other people make you small and insignificant!
As the saying puts it, "Go big or go home."
Will you "Go big" in 2014?
Note: What is Gewisto? Read this blog post: http://learningvoyager.blogspot.com/2013/12/gewisto-cosulting-fable.html
Posted by Terrence Seamon on Thursday January 2, 2014
Terrence H. Seamon is a consultant who provides leadership and team development services to organizations. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better, provides leaders with a guide to initiating, and navigating through, organizational change. Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. His free whitepaper on job search and transition, called "Galvanize Into Action," is available by sending him an email request. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and via his website: http://about.me/terrenceseamon