Stuck in a No Promotion, Fade-in-to-the-Background Job?

Sometimes you get stuck in your career or job. And it’s no-one’s fault. Yet.

Employers just want a job done | You just want a job.

To a point, that formula works.

But as life has a habit of showing one, ‘a job’ isn’t all you need: eventually also you need challenge, recognition, advancement, a feeling that you’re appreciated, that you’re making a difference.

And that’s something you’ve got to take charge of. Some – usually only very large – employers try helping you with that, but in the end, here’s the truth:

It’s all up to you. Actually.

And in the Career & Success INNER CIRCLE, I’m helping members with that. I’ve just added 2 awesome new resources, guides you can read in 15 minutes each, both containing cutting edge ideas for personal marketing, getting ahead, reinvigorating your job and career, lifting it to new heights.

There are practical ideas that will kick your @$$ into shape!

Go here, download the application form:

NOW, from here on, it’s your fault if you stay stuck in a no-promotion, fade-in-to-the-background job.



Free Course – From Career, Entrepreneurship Guru – Sign up Now

This is really special. Back in 2001 I bought a book – and it’s now leading to YOU getting something totally free. And it’s awesome.

Here’s the story: I had that desperate feeling in my job. I just couldn’t go on. I was doing well. Big clients. Good money. But man, I just felt that there was nothing in the job for me. Funny how money only goes so far to make one happy. I was working right next door to Cavendish Square shopping mall and lunch times I used to pop into Exclusive books. And one day I saw and immediately bought a book, “The Work We Were Born to Do – Find the Work You Love, Love the Work You Do” by Nick Williams. I devoured it. And the book with its inspirational quotes, ideas and guidance played a big part in helping me mould a career/job/business for myself that really is more than I’d ever hoped (not without its challenges – but that’s life!)

Now, you may know Nick Williams. He’s been to South Africa many times. He’s appeared on 3 Talk with Noleen and Carte Blanche on MNet. He runs seminars and promotes his books here. And he has a new course that he’s offering free to you. But note – it’s not for you if you love your job and you aren’t at all interested in working for yourself one day.

Sign up for it here – [please note, as with everything where writers touch on matters where they speak of the “universe”, “spirit” etc and the “purpose of life” I encourage you to look at the principles behind what’s being said, instead of taking it as religious or spiritual truth.]

NEW! “Your CV – How to Remodel it for Hard Hitting Impact – in 60 Minutes or Less”

This is a special release e-guide – available free via the Career&Success Member’s Only Community. The guide contains before and after examples (never before seen) and step by step guidelines on exactly what to do to transform your CV fast.

Remodel Your CV

To become a member of the Career&Success Community go here: You’ll not only receive this special release e-guide and the many more that will be added in the next months but benefit from all the information that’s already there. This includes: “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill; “Awaken the Giant Within: Abridged” by Anthony Robbins; and the “3 Steps to a Great New Job” career guidance and job hunting course – and much more.

New: Get this Blog via E-mail

You may have been receiving e-mails from me referring you to the this blog,  to read the latest posts. Like yesterday’s, dealing with the “Reasons for Leaving” on your CV.

BUT maybe you’re seldom hooked up to the Internet.

BUT you DO receive e-mail. So IF you’d like to receive the latest full blog posts via e-mail, all you have to do is send a blank email to and you’ll get them. Or complete the “Get New Info. E-Mailed to You” form in the right column here >>

Joan’s Tough Situation

Got this mail from a subscriber yesterday in response to my previous post about recruiting agencies and networking.

The question is … do you identify? And the next question is … what do you do about it?

It’s pretty important.

Hi Gerard

Thanks for your very interesting newsletter. You are quite right about the bad, extremely rotten service from the recruitments agencies.

I recently had to deal with a nineteen or twenty year old, whose mascara was smudged and whose nails are so long and she has to be careful not to poke her eye out while trying to get the mascara out of her eye. At the same time she is trying to read the CV in front of her and convinced me, who has held a senior position as Admin Manager in an international shipping company for nine years, that I needed to be tested for my typing skills. She refused to discuss the job until I had done a typing test and some other skills tests. I refused and walked out of the interview. They not only wasted my time and petrol but I have lost complete faith in them. Of the 24 jobs I responded to online, only 3 had the decency to get back with a “no thank you”.

One of the 3 that responded, had the audacity to say that since the job market was so bad, they would offer me the position – and only stated that it was a 1 year contract at the interview – at a reduced salary. Times being tough, I accepted the post, but am still on the lookout for something else.

My Reply:

Great reply Joan. Thanks for the story. Liked the typing test bit. Just shows how many of these companies work a formula – so that brains don’t much need to enter the picture on the part of their staff. It’s all about ticking boxes. Sad. But it highlights the importance of taking responsibility for one’s own ‘personal marketing campaign’. There’ll be a lot of that under discussion in the new forum – check it out.

Like your attitude – willing to accept a lesser post, but you’ve definitely not given up or resigned yourself to the lesser post. You’re still focussed on finding something better. My advice: use this position to build a ‘kick-butt’ reference, perform in kick-butt fashion, build your self-confidence by over-delivering. If you do that I predict an outstanding result from this temporary setback. All the best.

Don’t want to knock agencies too much, they serve a valuable purpose – just not to job hunters really. There are exceptions. But here’s the thing: “Joan” has had a temporary setback in her career. How will she respond? It’s easy for her to feel angry and allow the unfair situation to affect her performance at work negatively. A setback like this can be a real hole that’s difficult to dig yourself out of.

  • So how does she stay positive?
  • How does she go about working a serious plan to get her career back on track?
  • Where can she network with other job hunters who can refer her to a better, more professional agency/personnel consultant (they are out there somewhere)?
  • Where can she find some encouragement?
  • Where can she get some constructive feedback about her job hunt, her CV, her covering letters, etc?

There’s nowhere she can go. Until now. At there’ll be a whole lot of all of this going on. Exciting isn’t it. But it’s only for members. It launches on June 1. It’s going to set you back (at the pre-launch special tariff) just R30 pm. Go to now, print out the application form, complete it and fax/e-mail it back today.