Now Available! The Motivated Job Search Workbook

The Motivated Job Search Workbook contains thought provoking questions and exercises that correlate directly with Brian Howard’s job search books, The Motivated Job Search and Over 50 and Motivated!

Conducting a job search can be a daunting task, especially if that job search was put upon you unexpectedly. Thoughts and questions like where to start, what to do, priorities, how to deal with feelings, where to go for information among so many others can quickly overwhelm you. This workbook, used with The Motivated Job Search or Over 50 and Motivated will get you through it! It will lead you to your next job!

With plenty of writing space, The Motivated Job Search Workbook, takes you through the step-by-step process of a job search. The questions and exercises are simple but will make you think about yourself, your professional value to employers, your successes, your brand, and all of the practical action items you must do to successfully execute a job search. Written as a comprehensive workbook for the entire job search process, it will keep you organized, keep you thinking, and keep you motivated!

The workbook can be purchased through the publisher, WriteLife Publishing or on Amazon.

Jobless Claims Down

Jobless claims were down again last week – to 234,000. This indicates that companies are not engaging in lay-offs. This is good news! Claims have now been below 300,000, a threshold associated with a healthy labor market, for 110 straight weeks. That is the longest such stretch since 1970, when the labor market was smaller. According to sources, the labor market may be close to full employment, with the unemployment rate at a near 10-year low of 4.5 percent. Additionally, the average person who has been let go is finding a new job within 60 days in many cases (depending on the level of the position).

Over 50 and Motivated! – A job search book for job seekers over 50.

Statistically, job seekers over 50 have more difficulty finding employment than their younger counterparts. Over 50 and Motivated is a practical no-nonsense job search book specifically written for job seekers over the age of 50.

Over 50 and Motivated covers meaningful topics such as dealing with age biases, advantages of experience, how to correctly prepare for a job search, profiling your next job, understanding the employer’s mind, branding, elevator speech, success stories, LinkedIn, resumes, networking, social media, the hidden job market, interviewing, negotiating a job offer, along with a myriad of useful job search tools all written for the job seeker over 50.

The book contains motivating success stories and advice from other tenured job seekers over 50 who landed fulfilling career positions despite the obstacles.

Here is a link, Sample Pages from Over 50 and Motivated!, to see selected pages from the book.

You can buy the book on the publisher’s website, WriteLife Publishing or on Amazon.


According to Pew, Nearly 60% of Americans Say the Economy is Good

The Pew Research Center released a recent survey indicating that nearly six-in-ten people in the United States (58%) say the economic situation is very good or somewhat good. The survey was conducted Feb. 16-March 15, 2017.

According to Pew, this is the most positive assessment of U.S. economic conditions since 2007, and only the second time that half or more of those surveyed have given the economy a thumbs-up.

In comparison, in the spring of 2016, only 44% of the American public described the economy as good. The 2017 results are a 12 percentage point swing in just one year.

Optimism about economic conditions is almost always seen as an ingredient to a positive jobs market.

More Optimism for the Jobs Market

National Association of Manufacturers annual survey showed that 93 percent of manufacturers had a positive outlook of the future of their industry. This is a 20-year record high and a significant increase from 56 percent in the previous year. The survey includes 13,000 manufacturing members of the association.

This optimism could create a surge of jobs in the economy as the year progresses.

Home Sales on the Rise – Another Good Sign for the Jobs Market

The National Association of Realtors released their latest pending home sales index. The results were much better than what most had assumed it would be. This index tracks the contract signings for the purchase of a previously owned home and the index was up by 5.5%. This is the highest level reached since April of 2014 and the second highest level seen since May of 2006.

This can be interpreted as yet another positive sign in the economy. As a general rule, as the economy improves, so does the jobs market.

Consumer Confidence on the Rise

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® shows that consumer confidence rose sharply in March. Consumer confidence is at a level not seen in 16 years – hitting 125.6 after a reading of 116.1 last month.

The Consumer Confidence Survey® reflects prevailing business conditions and likely developments for the months ahead. This monthly report details consumer attitudes and buying intentions.

A positive attitude by consumers translates well for businesses. That, in turn, can have a positive impact on the job market.

JOLTS report by Bureau of Labor Statistics shows higher “quit” rate

The latest JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics) report showed that the quit rate has risen to around 2.2%. This quit rate is higher than it has been in several years.

One interpretation is this is good jobs news. Employees are comfortable with new job prospects to quit their current employment and pursue or accept new employment.

Now in stock on Amazon! Over 50 and Motivated! and, The Motivated Job Search Workbook

Over 50 and Motivated! – the newest book release by Brian Howard is now available on Amazon. Over 50 and Motivated! is a job search book written for the special circumstances facing job seekers over the age of 50.


Also available is The Motivated Job Search Workbook which contains thought provoking questions and exercises that correlate to your job search. The workbook is designed to keep you thinking, keep you organized and keep you motivated!

Podcast: Brian Howard Talks about the Advantages and Strategies of Networking During a Job Search

In this podcast, Brian Howard discusses the many advantages and strategies of proactively networking for a job. Listen while Brian describes the networking concepts of a “cabinet” and “sales company.”

To listen to the podcast interview, click this link: Motivated Networking with Brian Howard

About: Brian Howard, J.D. is a Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC), a Certified Job Search Strategist (CJSS), a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), and actively practicing executive recruiter. He has helped thousands of job seekers over his 24 year recruiting career. It is from this experience and knowledge that he wrote The Motivated Series of Job Search Books. These include The Motivated Job Search, The Motivated Networker, Over 50 and Motivated (Release date April 2017), The Motivated Job Search Workbook (Release date April, 2017) and Motivated Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles (Release date November 2017). These books can be purchased on Amazon.