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Hello Everyone, Greetings and Salutations! I am a lost soul. 53, divorced, unemployed with little to no prospects, take your pick ;-) Okay I was working for a major corporation for 22 years, ouch! Now just completely lost as to what to do as a resume is what you did, not what you are capable of! I hate computers, the details and drivel of how they work bore me to tears! Not really sure how to use this resource not good with tech. Not a Luddite but not technically proficient despite 22 years in the tech oriented industry! Talk about a dicotomy! Any help with research avenues, resources that are free as I am unemployed, 7 months ;-( 4 of those with medical issues which precluded me from investing valuable time towards finding employment! Sorry if this vague, somewhat forlorn and melancholy but I need any help that this community can give me, other then buy a rope ;-) Thanks to all ~!
Hobbies, Sex, but I haven't that in so long I renamed my water bed Lake Placid ;-) Well I am 16 with 37 years of experience and my hobbies are past hobbies due to this hereditary arthritic condition I have ;-( Was a very accomplished bowler and scratch golfer now sedentary. I play darts when I can walk. More a drinking team with a darts habit though ;-) Was an International Master in chess, again not engaged in that pursuit. Anyone interested in buying 2500 chess books? If I had the money I would paint all the time. It is cathartic for me. Graduated HS at 14, wanted to go to Med School as I had scholarships to any college for 4 yrs. Ended up washing pots and pans at a local private CClub. As for books; history, bios, true crime, hate sci fi ;-( Watch alot of tv now mostly shows like Jeopardy, Top Chef, the FoodNetWork, HGTV, NatGeo, History Channel, Military Channel. Favorite genre of movies is war. My main hobby now is finding a job which is like finding lips on a chicken. Very disheartening. Also trying to find a niche within the voice over or narration biz but that is exceedingly difficult also. Think deep basso such as James Earl Jones but Danny DeVito to Arnold ;-) Strengths. Intelligence, out of the box thinker, wise guy who is sarcastic, self deprecating humor. I am pretty accomplished now at breaking the ice with people and engaging them in conversation. Not at all afraid of public speaking though have no friends. I am the luckiest man in my area as I get to sleep with two blonde's every night, my two bichon's Dali and Georgia ;-) Things I really stink at; paperwork, getting started, making decisions quickly, making plans, making any sense of gov employment sites. Well that is enough topic domination by moi. Alleyoop and stage left see ya'll later, TA.
I don't paint at all now. I am in a rental property and I paint from the elbow not from the wrist ;-) Any dabbler or artist will tell you that art supplies are mucho expensive so my painting has lain dormant for a few years now. I can draw realistic but paint only abstract expressionist. Like large canvases and getting more paint on that then on myself ;-) I also like watercolors but again the technique requires room which I don't have and of course the money issue. Rich or poor nice to have money ;-)
Well that's me, thimble full of self esteem if that much? Biggest stumbling block is my innate negativity! Genius, yeah that's me. A person who knows more and more about less and less until I know everything about nothing ;-) Stories, I got a million of them! Problem now is I am in a hole 50 feet down trying to climb out on a ladder I never had !! How is that for poetic contraction ;-) In the tech/electronics industry for 22 years and hated most of it. Now what do I do since they aren't exactly hiring and I can't just switch gears without Bill Gates lending me cash? I think there is a Joseph Heller novel in there somewhere? I do have a job fair to go to tomorrow though of course I think I am wasting my time..... who wants to hire me, they will only see my resume, middle aged and the silent age discrimination issue..... yada yada et cetera ad infinitum! I admire and envy people born happy, effervescent! Not me, I am no blue bird of happiness! My ex even wonders how I made it to puberty with the effects of my mother and my family. And guess who I must see to print out my resume for tomorrow ;-) Well it was never my intention to turn this forum into my private pity palette or air my boring interstices, so forgive the elaboration and less than pithy details!
My ex says I am one of the smartest people she has ever met and she has 2 masters. Yes I am a bulldog but cursed with a face that rivals Brad Pitt ;-) Oh dear why was I born so glib, and not rich ;-) Yes, I hear posibility thinking can be a learned trait but I seem to fall back on the comfort of woe is me. My name at work was Eeyore! I am not sorry that I have a very keen eye for detail and for events or ideas that wont pass muster. A very critical eye, should have been a detective? Probably a consultation job in me if I could figure out how to do that. I am not necessarily negative I just see thru everything near immediately and distill it which people say is negative but is critical thinking! Sort of like I had a fan club once but the guy died LOL!
Two for Tuesday update. Did the Cattle Call otherwise known as a Tech Fair. Whoa! Suit city and loads of folks from 40-old, looking for a job! Yes it is tough out there boys and girls and the corps, they have all the toys ;-( Went well, some decent feedback and some unexpected hits on my email when I got home. Little back story to today. Had all the goods laid out to wear; kilt, sporan, just kidding but how fashion has changed ;-) Had a nice white french cuff BB shirt. To my sheer amazement the collar wouldn't button. Not by a smidge mind you but like and inch. Imagine a shirt bought 20 yrs ago wouldn't fit for a tie? Was a bit distressing but the pants fit, well they did if I sucked in the atmosphere of the planet! Okay so I could stop drinking beer and wearing 15 yr old trousers, who knew? So I wore a christmas red teddy bear vest with gold star buttons. Kaching a hit with all the stretched neck windsor set! I was very charming and positive I hated myself for being so wonderful. Hollywood are you listening ;-) I tried to accent the positive as the song goes and not just here is my resume. I am more than what I have done! Stay positive gang, not easy but try. For an INTP I really could do a public speaking gig. Most people seem to be so off put by a hello I am so and so positive energy?
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