Time To Do It

In 2 weeks, I will start giving free training to those who wish to learn.  The training is on a variety of subjects around staying safe and finding new employment during COVID. 

Gaining a job has happened numerous times using these methods. What I am teaching is not new.  I am just giving you a technique to move forward when everyone else is sitting on stop. And the neat thing is that yes, you can do this.

I am no hero in this endeavor.  I am only a guide to show you the way.  If you want the hero, you have to go and look in the mirror.  Heroes are those willing to go on the quest.  I can only show you the way.

For now, you hold one question for the person in the mirror. “If many others can do this, what makes me think I can’t? I am as smart as anyone else.  And what I don’t know, I can learn.”

Think about it.  I will put the training in as many social media places as possible.  I will also have a way for you to contact me with questions. If you feel nothing is worth something unless you pay, a donation is appreciated, yet never necessary.

Seeking Employment?

It is starting to look a bit darker out these days, and it’s not just that we’re going into the dark of winter. It seems as though the pandemic is making a comeback. Jobs are once again starting to close, and with fewer jobs offered, hiring is on hold. And yet, looking at monthly job openings for the United States, August 2019 to August 2020, there’s been 5 to 6 million jobs out there open and ready.

 I believe this year is real and deserved, and at the same time, I also believe there’s a job out there if you want one. The problem is to find your job and do it safely. Shaking hands and talking to somebody for 20 minutes or an hour is not going to work. It would be best if you had safe ways to make contact, sending a resume along with a request for employment. Most of all, you must find a way to work with positive emotion, need for expediency, and realize that you are a thoughtful person talking to serious-minded people.

Although I have a class on employment, I will start teaching in a month or so; I am willing to help you now and look towards that job. And this help will be free until the course begins. If you wish, watch my blog. I’m going to be giving hints and ideas to help you seek and find employment. It will not be as robust as my class will. The course will have one-on-one work with the instructor and group sessions to share ideas and things they have seen working and those they have witnessed not do so well.

You’re going to hear about the class coming out later this year. And I am marking it down because I understand that any money is critical for many. I don’t want to bore everybody by placing everything out here for the public. Contact me, and I will share these lessons with you for free, along with a guarantee that we will stop sending you correspondence anytime you say stop.

I do appreciate you reading this blog and for being with me today. If you’re looking for employment, I wish you the best of luck, and stay tuned-in. Future blogs will have information that will help you. In the meantime, stay warm and stay safe.

Sure You Can

When your whole world feels upended, what do you do?  You learn to walk on the walls.  If the world turns upside down, you live on the ceiling.  You are a smart and agile person who can meet and overcome any out of the norm encounter.

This year, it is hard to understand what the norm is.  And that is all right.  Unless you are from a culture indigenous to your country, Someone in your heritage must have moved to where you are. They would have to learn new skills and new ways and become part of the new community.

No one could talk about being owed anything or being entitled. Each person worked for what they received and had no guarantees for how much the wages for work would help.  Yet your for-bearers survived and thrived.

We have come so far as a planet and as people of the earth.  You can do more and go farther than anyone before you.  All you need do is apply yourself. 

I am here to help.  I am a career coach specializing in people who find themselves continually overlooked for gainful employment.  And yes, I can help you.  Want a free book on the subject?  Please send me your email and ask for the book.  I will send you a copy for free.



I hope you are having a good day.

Often in these times of imposed hardships and isolation, it is hard to remember that there will be bluer skies and better times ahead.  We need to remind ourselves that good things are happening to us and around us, even in the most desolate times. 

It might be as unassuming as a phone call from a friend of the family.  A small hug from a little one; or a cup of coffee brought with blueberry bread and love. Whatever gives you a moment to smile both for the moment and realize that eventually, things will be better.

We need to keep our belief that this is not what is best to be.  We need to understand that tomorrow and the next day may have new challenges.  However, they also come, each with their small gains. And the knowledge that we are one step closer to finding our way out to a better norm.

Hang in there, my friends.  As the song tells us, “The best is yet to come.”

Get Up and Make It Happen

I am sure you are considering whether I am as far gone as people thought the first time I ran this blog. Here it is, near the end of a week, and I am talking about getting excited and making things happen. I’m sure somebody is trying to find the phone number so they can call Mrs. Balof and ask her to please take my temperature.

I want to assure everyone that I’m fine, and yes, I do believe it is time to get excited. We have over two and a half months left this year, and at the end of each month, there will be parties and revelry. I believe in parties and revelry. They are a positive influence on the soul. However, it gives us little time to do great things of wonder.

If you have ideas and new items that you want to share with others, now is the time to do it. Look at today As the first of a thirty-day month.  Get out a sheet of paper and divide it into thirty blocks, five rows and seven columns should do good.  Now you have a brand new calendar for thirty days. For the rest of the year, we only have eighty-four. It may not be enough time to build Rome, yet, still enough time to do some good things. If we want a win, starting now, we have a new day and a better way. Think of all the positive actions you could take with this.

Remember, if your first thought is going back into bed and pulling the covers over your head, once the day is over and you’ve done great things, you can do so. Until you have gotten something underway, it is time to figure out what you’re going to do and how you will complete that mission.

It would be wrong for me to tell you how you had to do something because this is your dream. Look at me as the cheerleader urging you on, encouraging you to find your path and take it. There are plenty of things that could come up and try to deter you from your work, and some of them are important. However, please don’t let the minutia get between you and your victory.

Do not think that I am pushing you out the door towards a day’s work and then trying to sneak back to the La-Z-Boy lounger myself. I am knee-deep in launching my new course and am building a Black Friday surprise for everyone.  I need all this up and in the field by the second week in November.  Am I a mean old master sergeant? I don’t even cut myself any slack. Please email me from time to time and ask me how my work is going.

Thanks for being with me today. I hope to be with you again soon.

Mike Balof



Will They Hire Soon?

Not always.  Nor will the skill sets that brought them to now be needed or desired in the next mass hiring. Is it good news? Unless you are one of those workers who are over 40, then you need a little boost.

If someone is over 40 and needs a job to keep their family fed and sheltered, they may find themselves chronically unemployed or vastly underpaid. If this is someone you recognize in the mirror, you will interview with two strikes against you to start.  Age is strike one, and the salary you used to make is strike two.  Strike three will be the fear of health risk and lack of current knowledge in the field.

As business moves forward and time to double general knowledge shrinks,  changes to cutting edge technology are inevitably going to happen faster and faster.  Needed skill sets will change more often, and both employers and employees are in real danger of being left in a bind.  Employees will not find sustainable employment unless they can meet the evolving needs of the employer. 

Is this scenario a horror movie for the future?  It already occurred in the great recession of 2008.  Businesses went under or moved offshore for better technology and cheaper labor.  While in America, many companies closed, and the middle-class technology-driven employees let go.  When the dust cleared, many job seekers found they were unable to find sustainable employment. 

The business could not have hired the people from the above scenario.  They no longer had similar positions to hire.  Times and technologies had changed, and they only had jobs for employees that had specific skill sets.  Nothing Personal; it’s just business. 

Today, many employers that are still here are barely surviving.  They cannot pay the salaries workers from last year earned. And they cannot hire as many. So if a candidate looks to be high cost, not keeping up with new technologies or probable health risks, they seem to get passed over.

That is where I can help.  I am a career coach.  I have faced this and survived.  I can show you the ways to both survive and thrive.  Contact me, and we can discuss your concerns.


Mike Balof