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As career coaches and counselors, we’re committed to helping our clients move forward in their careers. And as our industry moves into the future, we’ll have to change some of what we do,      how we do it, and why we do it because the coaching industry, like every other industry, will change and evolve.

Saturday, April 26, from 9 AM-10:30 AM Tom Morris will explore these and other ideas in his role as a featured futurist presenter at the 2014 Career Thought Leaders Conference, “Framing the Future.” The three-day conference is being held at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore and offers seven featured programs, each with multiple presentations.

“Each program begins with a futurist presentation. What’s going to happen in 2 years, 3 years, 5 years, and more – information that we must know to prepare ourselves and our clients. Following the future are presentations on what’s happening now – ideas, information, resources, samples, and thought-provoking conversation that we can use today to position ourselves and our clients for tomorrow.” — 2014 Career Thought Leaders Conference Webpage

What will change in the career coaching and lifelong career development industry? What will be new? What might actually stay the same? Join Tom as he explores the answers April 26, in Baltimore.

For more information about the conference, to register and to attend Tom’s futurist presentation, visit http://www.careerthoughtleaders.com/conference-2014/.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

It’s that time of year – and we’ve had more requests than ever before to again revisit why December may be the best time to conduct a job search.

Perhaps your thinking: Now? No sense looking now; everybody knows that no one hires in December.

Contrary to widespread belief, December can actually be one of the best months to conduct a job search. Here’s five reasons why:

1. Less Competition: Since so many people believe December is a bad month to look for a job, they don’t actively search during that month. Hence, there is less competition from other job seekers, and potential employers have more time to consider those who do apply for positions.

2. More Access: “Everybody” does not go away for the December holidays. On the contrary, many managers are both catching up on unfinished business and are getting ready for the new year. Many human resources directors are working on staffing plans for the coming year, and are more attentive to personnel matters than they usually are. Thus the last month of the year can be the best month of all to get access to key people.

3. The Giving Season: As people get in the spirit of the year-end holidays, they tend to be more disposed toward helping others. There may not be a huge swing in this direction, but even a little increased openness by hiring managers works in favor of applicants.

4. January Hires: January is often one of the biggest months of the year for hiring. However, individuals who are hired in January usually are not the people who waited until then to start their job searches. Those hired in January are often people who were actively pursuing leads in December. (We’ve worked with job applicants who had critical interviews on Christmas Eve or during the last week of the year.)

5. The January Rush: A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions to change jobs. In January, therefore, the market becomes more saturated with job seekers. If you put off your search until after the December holidays, you’re likely to have to compete with a bigger (and possibly more determined) crowd in January. You also risk losing psychological job-search momentum around Thanksgiving, and you may not get into high gear until mid-or-late January. That means, obviously, that a job seeker can actually lose two months, not just one, by suspending activity in December.

Did you know that between 2000 and 2010, the number of 55 to 64 year-olds in the workplace, increased by more than 50%? At the same time, the number of people 35 to 44 in the workplace decreased by about 10%. An enormous difference.

None of us is as old as we thought we’d be when we got to the age we are now. Overall mental and physical health, vitality… We’re able to stay productive and active in our lives and in the workforce longer.

There’s more good news! Click here to watch an 11 minute video of Tom presenting Good News for Gray Hairs: Marketing Yourself After 50.