Free book

Greetings to all who are reading this. I have to apologize for not writing you for the last few days.  I have been building a new website to send you this unique offer. Unfortunately, I have run across a few hurdles.

Some people may say I missed Black Friday and Cyber Monday, yet those are only two days. You are my loyal readers, the ones who stick by me and read what I write throughout the year; I owe you more than two days!

I have an offer for a free booklet that you may have by emailing me and telling me that you want it. Until the new site is complete, please use My email,

I will send you a booklet with ideas and checklists for finding the work you want. I will also forward you a coupon for my new Creative Critical Thinking In Employment course for only $47, which is a $150 savings.     This course will be running by Christmas.

This offer is good from now to January.  I told you I owed you more than just two days to make a decision. Now you have the time to consider and save over $150.



Just a Peek

The text below is three paragraphs from my new book on finding a job which will be out in the next week or two.  Please look it over and let me know what you think.

You need a job.  The reason does not matter. The fact is clear you had employment which gave you pay, benefits, a feeling of necessity, fun in your life and any number of other things. It is no longer there for you. If you are over 40, it gets even more challenging. If you’re over 50, it can get downright ridiculous. Yet nothing is impossible.

Now is the time that you need friends. Now is the time not to be shy. Clean up, put on a smile, and let everyone know that you are looking for a new job. Now is not the time for stoicism and quiet. You are going to need all the help you can get to find your next paycheck.

Be sure to register with the local workforce center. Do not hang around there every day for weeks; they cannot hire you. Get the leads they give you and chase those leads to the companies. They are the people who can hire you.

Thank you for reading.  Please leave comments.

A Free Booklet

Later on, today, I am putting a booklet of getting employed checklists and ideas on my LinkedIn business page.  I am a life coach, and this is my niche. The book is free. You are welcome to use it with no guarantees.

There will be a lot of information and several ways to contact me if you have a question in the booklet. If you are on LinkedIn, that is probably the best way to contact me. The booklet is a work in progress, so it will change as new thoughts and ideas come to light. 

I will probably not know who is using the booklet. I am not asking for names or emails.  I am doing this for you.

If you contact me, then I will know and be able to help.  I am not trying to build an email list or push anyone into paying for anything. If you need help, contact me.  I have helped others find jobs for about 14 years and may have something that can work for you.

For the next week, I will be putting employment tips on my blogs which I hope to be posting daily.

How goes the job hunt?

Being Categorized

Humans are born with the knowledge to suckle. It is what gives us nourishment in the first days out of the womb. The rest we learn. To learn, we often need a guide to show us the way. A guide is even more critical if we are over 40 and need a job to keep our family and ourselves fed and sheltered.

Unless you have a good plan, you may find yourself chronically unemployed or vastly underemployed. You could be going to interviews with multiple strikes against you to start.

How will you overcome being categorized?

Next Job

Yesterday, I started my work in Thinkific to build my new course on finding your next position.

Back during the recession of 2008, a very well-known columnist lost a job when the paper fell on hard times. He was seeking a post in another newspaper. He was a famous and excellent columnist.  He believed picking up another outlet for his columns would be no problem at all.

Because of the changes in technology and consumers, His perceived easy task turned into what he called the most challenging two and a half year job of his life. The job? Finding his next position. 

He did find a new job on a paper, yet it took everything he had and 54 months of his life.

Have you ever started a critical job you thought would be easy, only to find it the fight of your life?

Virtual Assistant

I am a life coach, trainer, and writer who is starting to take on more items and responsibilities within my company of one.  I work with clients over zoom; I write a blog several times a week.  I do write articles.  I am now starting to develop evergreen courses and have been writing books.  I am getting busier all the time.

I have been told that I should get a virtual assistant.  My problem is that I am not sure what a virtual assistant can do for me.  I am just starting to make money, and things are a little tight right now.  Yet, if I could understand how a virtual assistant could help, I would be interested in sharing the load.

I was told that virtual assistants can do a lot of the writing (blogs, letters, and books.)  Yet, I write my own stuff and am not really looking for a ghostwriter.  I am not sure exactly how I would find a virtual assistant to help me.

If you use a virtual assistant, could you please share what they do for you, and is it genuinely worth having one?  If you are a virtual assistant looking for a client, please write me and tell me how you could help me.

Are You Ready

I remember when I worked with job seekers. It was called the great recession, and there were no jobs to speak. I always seem to be able to find something. Something that someone could do until the economy improved. It might be working in a department store, running a cash register at the local fast-food place, or maybe even helping with some sales type. The point is, if you look hard enough, there is always a job out there.

Unfortunately, my most challenging work often met with thank you very much, but ‘please don’t look too hard for me right now; I still have 13 weeks left of unemployment.’ I believe that if you’re not going to take this seriously, please don’t waste my time. In the grand scheme of things, 13 weeks go in the blink of an eye. The whole idea of unemployment is to give someone temporary assistance until they can find their next employment.

Many people think that once the COVID subsides, everyone will be hiring again. History has proven this not to be the case. Owners and operators will not employ new workers until they absolutely cannot do without the help.

when a job is in front of you, or is that the time you start to prepare?  History proves time, and again that real victories go to those who plan and are ready when opportunity strikes.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Have You Sat Down and Figured It Out

Have you sat down and figured out where you’re going? If you have not, that is your first step. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re just wandering in circles.

Have you looked where you want to, and the milestones needed to get there? If you have none, you are missing the points that will assure your direction and timing. If we’re going to go somewhere, we should do so without going astray and not wasting what precious little time we have.

Have we decided who is going with us on this journey? It would be terrible to get where you want to be and find out you forgot to bring Friends and family along. You need to make plans. And, plans call for decisions.

Have you done your due diligence? Is your destination what other people tell you it should be? Is your goal what you assume? Is your destination something that you have surveyed and planned out? I have seen too many people get to the destination they desired, only to find out it wasn’t what they desired at all. Have you done your homework?

If you have done all this and mapped it out, so it’s easy to follow? If you have, that is great. I wish you luck, and I hope to see you along the trail. If you have not done this yet and made your map, why? We all know the time waits for no one.

If you need help in accomplishing these tasks, please contact me. Where you are going; I have been. No one can do it for you. I have trained in many areas to help you. Please contact me if I can be of service.

Mike Balof, Director


425 N. Tejon St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903


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


Good News

It is a frozen morning with the hot sun as we begin the climb out of the deep freeze until we are thrown back in next week.

Great news! Right now is, Colorado over the last year has cut its employment to 3.1%. Looking at the figures for veterans, my age group as an unemployment rate of 2.9%.   The only veterans who have an unemployment rate over 5% are those who were just separated and are preparing to search for the new job. This is great news.

What about the reveille pilot course? Well, this is actually great news for the course also. The course is designed to help people research and understand what they wanted to do in their work life. There are more jobs to go around. Those who want jobs will be able to take this course and map their goals and milestones in life. Again, no guarantee that they won’t change their mind down the line, at least They know what they are looking to do.

Just because employment is low in Colorado does not mean it is low all over the country. So, I am enhancing my course and offering it nationwide on the Internet. I am still running the pilot, and because this is the first time the course is run, there will be more coaching calls, and you can write me personally anytime and get a response within 36 hours. I am also adding a Facebook group where you can contact me one-on-one through messenger. I am offering 3 coaching calls.  One as we start the course, one in the middle of the course and a follow-up call Within 2 weeks after the course is over.  You will receive the course with the companion eBook and all the handouts for the course.  The course which costs over $1,000 will be yours for less than $200.

This is not a sales pitch, and the actual signup will not even start until March 1st.  I just owed it to you to tell you why I did not offer it in February and when it will open. 

Like to know more about the course, please send me a comment.  If you want me to stop this and talk about something else, please let me know that also.

Talk to you again soon.

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