…and then I painted the garage

The title for this book comes from an individual I worked with many years ago (although I have seen the pattern repeated many times). Among the common activities that people get involved in to avoid dealing with job search preparation are chores around the house. While it might seem like a great time to catch up on fixing the plumbing or painting the guest bedroom, there is a danger that these kinds of activities can interfere with the healing and renewal of energy that come from getting focused and meeting people. It is not uncommon for clients who do not come to their first appointment to tell me that they had been painting some room in their home. In an extreme case, one individual only started his search after he painted several rooms and his unfinished garage. There have been many activities that have functioned on a “to-do” list that delayed new employment, some make sense, some are avoidance.



Larry Finkelstein is Founder and President of Transition Management Associates (TMA), a Human Resource Consulting firm headquartered in Lambertville, New Jersey. TMA provides Outplacement Consulting to corporate clients and coaches individuals who are seeking employment. As President of TMA, Larry has worked with hundreds of people looking for career help, at all levels (hourly employees to CEO’s) and stages (from students through retirement age). Larry has consulted to Fortune 500 organizations, small and medium sized businesses, Workforce Investment Boards/JTPA’s, high school and college students, welfare clients and people who are transitioning to retirement. TMA has provided consulting in Career Development and Mentoring to the New Jersey State Departments of Labor, Education and State, The New Jersey Business and Industry Association, The New Jersey Food Council many Chambers of Commerce and several national associations. Larry has provided Retirement Planning to organization as diverse as GM, Dow Chemical, numerous school systems and hospitals. Prior to TMA, Larry worked as a Vice President at Right Associates, the world’s largest career transition firm. Earlier career related coaching was done at Minsuk Macklin Stein and Drake Beam Morin. Simultaneously, Larry is a licensed psychotherapist. In what now seems like a lifetime ago he worked for Rutgers Medical School and Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey. Larry has been certified in a number of career assessment instruments such as the Caliper, Occupational Personality Questionnaire, LifeStyles Inventory, Strong Interest Inventory, Myers Briggs Type Indicator and others. In addition, he was certified as a trainer for the Covey Leadership Institute. Larry holds a MA Ed. In Counseling from Seton Hall University and a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University. Larry grew up in Newark, New Jersey but now lives in Lambertville, New Jersey, with his two collies, Cola and Barbie, and runs a large Meet-up Group.


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