A few years ago I met some professionals who were frustrated in their job search but had the skills that could command hundreds or thousands of dollars. They were wallowing in a tough job search while they could have been consulting or using their skills and making much more per hour than an employer would have paid them.
It was then that the idea for this book was born.
This book helps you fight discrimination. It helps you leave a horrible job search. It helps you gain control of your income.
This book is all about Career Management 3.0. A recruiter told me that soon we will all be contractors. The days of Full Time Employee will end. Dan Pink and other career futurists have predicted this for years. This is where Me, Inc. becomes your reality instead of just some cute jargon.
What does all this mean for YOU? How can you prepare and position yourself?
More immediate, what can you do so that one person or one committee cannot take away 100% of your income ever again?
This book shares 51 alternatives to a real, traditional job.
“Some of you will never have a traditional job again.”
I actually said those words during a presentation to unemployed professionals a few years ago.
We were talking about age discrimination. It is ugly but it’s all over the place. Recruiters do it, HR does it, hiring managers do it, business owners do it.
I believe there are all kinds of discrimination… age, weight, race, religion… we discriminate based on how many teeth the person has, how they laugh, how much hair they have, are their clothes wrinkled, do they stink.
YOU and I do it.
The saddest part is that each person will discriminate differently, so there is no formula for getting around it. Sometimes you simply can’t win.
I worked for a guy who hated (which means he discriminated against) MBAs. He had a good reason to discriminate but the bottom line was he made decisions based on whether you had an MBA or not. This man, who owned a company that did over a hundred million dollars a year in revenue, said “MBA stands for More Bad Answers.”
So what? If you aren’t going to get hired, what can you do?
I’ll tell you what I did. In 2006, after I got laid off and went through a depressing, pathetic and fruitless job search, I started my own business. I took control. I didn’t want to wait for the part time, temp HR person earning close to minimum wage screen through resumes and pass mine through. I didn’t want the overburdened recruiter who wasn’t really my friend or advocate to pay me lip service but not help me at all to be an important part of my job search.
I wanted to gain control over my own income.
I started JibberJobber.com. I then wrote my first book (never planned to do that) and was sucked into the professional speaking world (never planned to do that). That was the first step to creating informational products (never planned to have those). I’ve since had other revenue streams including consulting, writing, and other ways to make money that I never thought I would do.
This journey has been empowering. I have gotten job offers since I started JibberJobber, and if the right one comes along I will take it. So far nothing right has come along.
I have become empowered.
I do not fear that a committee will meet and decide whether I should be laid off or not.
I am empowered.
That is what this book is about.
It is not about my income streams, although you’ll see some of my story in the book.
I found other people who are making money and help tell their story. They share tips, ideas and warnings.
This book is about INSPIRING you to think “I can become financially empowered.”
I don’t care if you are making $250,000 or $25,000 or you’ve never made $25,000 in your life. If you want to gain control over your own career, your own income, your own future, you have to think about multiple income streams.
Even if you decide to have a job, recognize that can be one of many income streams.
This book is about that. It’s about providing you hope, inspiration, examples, and a lot of actionable tips.
Here is the introduction: