How to find hope amidst catastrophic loss

A sure way to count your blessings is to look up “jobless horror stories” on the internet. Jobseekers know they could lose everything. That’s a little bit abstract and it doesn’t begin to tell the countless, heart-wrenching stories of honest, everyday people who lose their job, their dignity, their self-worth,…continue

Will you ever get back to work at your former salary?

Under-employed? Under-paid? Working? Uh huh. You have a job? …kinda. Perhaps it’s part-time, or maybe it’s in a different industry doing something you really don’t care to mention and at a salary that is embarrassing when compared to your former position. But you’re working. How did it feel on LinkedIn—…continue

Jobseekers, do you feel abandoned?

The recent news has included ISIS, Iraq, Gaza, Israel, Russia and the Ukraine. Here in the U.S. we read and hear about the tragedy surrounding James Foley and Michael Brown…as the world watches. As for the Ebola virus and illegal immigrants at the border—they have quickly become old news. What…continue

The Two Greatest Job Search Challenges

The most difficult challenges: The most difficult part of a job search is that you don’t know when it will be over. The second most difficult part of a job search is that there is very little, if any, recognizable feedback to improve your success rate along the way and…continue

The Surprising Benefits of Being Unemployed

Being unemployed changes a person. …especially when it becomes a long-term condition. It can erode self-confidence, wreck relationships, and undermine physical and mental health. But it doesn’t stop there and the list seems to go on without end. With so many Americans who are, or have been in this situation,…continue

How To Finish Strong in Your Job Search

It’s your full time job now. As a jobseeker, you’ve heard that “Finding a job is your full-time job!” and “You are a business and you have to market yourself that way.” I relate to both of those. Seven years ago when I started Forward Motion, I knew how to…continue

Strategies to Break Long-term Unemployment

Must Do’s if you’re long-term unemployed. Regardless of age, early-career, mid-career, and late-career, jobseekers face the challenge of being discriminated against if they have been unemployed for longer than three months. They only want to hire “employed” candidates. This week I sat next to a recruiter at a fund-raising luncheon….continue