• A 2009 article in the Chicago Tribune says, “People who lost stable jobs in 1982 suffered from an immediate 30 percent drop in their earnings, according to Social Security and other government records.  As a group, they never recovered…A decade later, their earnings were down 20 percent compared with workers with similar profiles who avoided a layoff.  After 15 years, they made 10 percent less.  Even 20 years down the road, they hadn’t caught up.”
  • This is tough news to take, especially if you’re over fifty.   This trend will not change for people losing jobs today.  In fact, it may get worse.
  • A personal makeover is the solution.  Retrain the mind and keep one;s skill sets up to date.  Stay abreast of the latest in trend information and current events,  Physical wellness and fitness are an absolute top priority.
  • Some people think more drastic measures–like a tummy tuck, whittling away those love handles, or breast reduction–can make you look younger and more employable.
  • a 2009 ABC News report noted, “The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reported that 75 percent of its members have patients asking for cosmetic surgery to stay competitive in the workplace.”
  • I’ve judged beauty pageants, including Miss America, but in my mind the jury is still out: Can you face-lift yourself into a new career?  Fitness, continuous learning, and asocial awareness are– I believe–the core skills that will make you desirable to an employer.  if you don’t have these, no surgeon in the world can compensate for them.

Mackay’s Moral: You’ll never please everyone, but you only have to please a few people to get an offer.

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About the author Harvey Mackay

Seven-time, New York Times best-selling author of "Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive," with two books among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time, according to the New York Times. He is one of America’s most popular and entertaining business speakers, and currently serves as Chairman at the MackayMitchell Envelope Company, one of the nation’s major envelope manufacturers, producing 25 million envelopes a day.

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