Finding a Job
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Mind you, I was not looking for a job at NASA
There is no doubt that the current job market is tough for those who are looking for work. The numbers are awful and any improvement in this area seems to be fleeting.
Itís time to look at this situation differently.
A bit of history
Billy keeping up with the markets and global events while in Thailand
Many years ago, I was working in a 3 star restaurant as a waiter. I wore a tuxedo, and prided myself on the quality of service. I started there as a busboy, clearing and resetting tables, hauling dishes, and because of my work ethic, I moved up and became a waiter.
Seeing the Michelin Star quality food that I was serving to the guests - Rack of Lamb, a variety of fresh seafood, and awesome deserts - I decided I wanted to learn how to cook. I was a single guy, and figured this was a good skill to have. Not to mention I wanted to eat like these guests without going out to a restaurant.
An offer he could not refuse
I approached the restaurant manager with an offer he could not refuse.
I told him that I would work in the kitchen for FREE.
He accepted my unusual proposition and I gave up my very lucrative waiter position for an apprentice job as a cook.
Meanwhile, I studied and read historic cookbooks cover to cover, trying to extract every bit of knowledge I could from this unique opportunity. My work-for-free program lasted one month when my manager offered to put me on the payroll. This started my culinary career; one in which I cooked for President Carter, dazzled Akaisha, took us to France where I worked and continued training, and finally ended up in the buying of Luther's Restaurant.
A change of perspective
What I am suggesting here is to look at this time in your life as an opportunity to try something new that you would like to do and to learn a skill.
What is your passion?
If you are looking for work, what would to love to do and learn?
I read about people sending numerous resumes to companies trying to land a job in their field receiving little or no response. My suggestion is: Why wait for someone else to determine your future? Go out and grab it. This is your only life. So what if this new job is not as prestigious or well paying as your previous job or if you have to begin at a lower step on the ladder?
You are in charge of your future - no one else.
Action often brings benefits
If it turns out you do not like the move you made, change it.
Then again maybe you will like this change better than your original career. Either way, the opportunity is there for you to take. Adopting a plan of action often brings with it the sense of confidence which will be apparent to any new employer.
Meanwhile, nothing is stopping you from continuing to send the resumes.
About the Authors
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their popular website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurerís Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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