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Career coach offers "5 Steps to Rapid Employment"

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Jay Block wrote "5 Steps to Rapid Employment," his 12th book. Courtesy photo

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"I've been waiting to write this book for twenty years," career coach and motivational speaker Jay Block told me when I asked him if he was looking forward to the July release of 5 Steps to Rapid Employment (McGraw-Hill), his 12th book.

"Really?" I asked.

"Yes. I think it's the best book I've ever written."

Did I mention 5 Steps is Block's 12th book?

A lot has happened in the last 20 years - increased globalization, technological advancements, demographic shifts, for example  -  so I asked Block about the changes he had to make to this book he's wanted to write for the past 20 years to ensure it's relevant today.

"Job seekers fifty, sixty years ago weren't enthusiastic, weren't motivated, weren't confident - for the most part - in pursuing a job and they aren't today either. How do you deal with that?" the Massachusetts native turned South Floridian said in an answer to my question.

Enter step 1: How to change your thoughts, stay positive and enjoy the process.

Block knows from personal experience the necessity of being inspired and enthusiastic throughout a job campaign. Before becoming the award-winning career coach and best-selling author he is now in his sixth decade of life, he found himself unemployed at age 39. After Block experienced success and then failure as a business owner, he was hired by his best friend. But a year later, the same friend fired Block. He was angry and didn't know what to do. Then one day a friend's wife told him, "You know, you need a coach." This was back in 1992; Block had no idea what she was talking about.

"What kind - a sports coach, a baseball coach?" asked the lanky, 6-foot-plus Block.

"No, a success coach," she responded, giving him a motivational tape that was 15 minutes long.

The message immediately resonated with Block. It was Tony Robbins, forefather of the life coaching industry. Block borrowed money from family members, who figured they would never be repaid, so he could train with Robbins. Eventually, Block asked Robbins why he didn't take his motivational techniques to the job arena.

"Well, Mr. Block, maybe that's because you're supposed to," Robbins told Block.

In preparation, Block studied what worked in the marketplace, interviewing numerous human resource professionals and reading volumes and volumes of books for job seekers. While he found that the existing literature taught those looking for employment what not to do, he also discovered a recipe for success.

"I didn't develop anything. It's just by being in the industry I realized there is a process - five steps to rapid employment, and there isn't a sixth," explained Block, who is now coined as the Tony Robbins of the career world.

While the first step provides empowerment through motivation and positive attitude training, the remaining four steps are a process that when followed ends in success for the individual conducting a job campaign. Notice it's a campaign, not a search.

"It's not a semantic difference," Block commented. "Have you ever lost anything? A kid? Your keys? How did you feel while you were searching?"

When you search for something you're not in control, going back numerous times - with the same method - to look, Block explained. On the contrary, when you conduct a campaign you know what you want and you're in control with a set itinerary and message to project about yourself.

A well-defined goal, having the right tools with the right strategy, and taking action round out 5 Steps. With each step Block challenges readers to rethink old ideas.

"Knowledge is not power," he stated emphatically. "Wisdom uninvested in labor or action is wasted. It's action that's the miracle worker."

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