A friend, a senior executive of a large health system, called me today. 

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He was furloughed last March along with the 22 million other Americans.  His layoff was converted to permanent layoff status in August.  Since then, he has been aggressively looking for a new job.

He has made it to the final four in three job searches, not a bad record considering the intense competition for senior positions, but he has not been able to close the deal.

“What can I do?”  His voice was trembling with emotion. “I have a family to support, two daughters and a son to educate.  I wake up in the middle of the night feeling I will never be able to find a really good job again.”

I like this guy. He is a good person and a good leader.  As a former recruiter who offered clients a three-year placement guarantee, I would trust him.

This week, I will share how we diagnosed his problem and how we helped him return to the market armed with some skills that should help him close a deal and land a new senior leadership position.

This job market is the worst I have seen in 42 years.  If you have questions and would like to schedule a free telephone consultation about your job search, visit www.johngself.com and schedule a time with me.