Get Beyond Your Troubled Past gives hope to reenter the workforce
By Guy Dawson, Informer Media Group
Personal Empowerment Author Seeks Solutions to Background Challenges
Author John Jeffrey Lundell has seen a shift in the job marketplace over the last few decades that is creating unique challenges for those who have background issues. In the digital age, information moves quickly and employers can easily research the personal and work histories of job applicants without ever meeting them. In his recently published book “Get Beyond Your Troubled Past,” Lundell offers face to face communication strategies and techniques that are designed to level the playing field for people with troubled pasts.
“The digit isn’t your friend if you have a background problem and the marketplace would like to avoid you,” he said. “I want people with troubled pasts to understand that they aren’t really looking for a job, they are looking for a person to help them overcome the obstacles that our information-based society can create for them. They have to focus on establishing clear objectives and goals that will enable them to connect with people who can support them when they seek employment.”
Lundell said that his extensive experience in social work and employment counseling helped him to develop the concepts that he explores in “Get Beyond Your Troubled Past.” In addition to seeking to empower people with background issues he also wrote the book to educate their friends, families and associates. The book is also meant to appeal to professionals who work with clients that have troubled pasts.
“This book can be tremendously valuable for professionals who are working with people whose backgrounds include alcohol or drug addiction, felony convictions, veterans struggling to reenter the workforce or domestic abuse situations,” he said. “The five year plan that I detail can help them to develop and achieve effective long term life and employment goals.
“Get Beyond Your Troubled Past” also chronicles the implementation of Lundell’s principles in the job search experiences of four semi-fictional characters with troubled pasts. The characters include Roger, a recovering alcoholic who is struggling to stay sober, Michael, a convicted felon who is challenged by the allure of his peers and the neighborhood, Catherine, a victim of domestic violence with low self-esteem and confidence and Walter, a white collar convict who has recently been released from prison.
“Each of these characters are loosely based on people that I have worked with in the past,” Lundell said. “I briefly touch upon their stories throughout the book for identification and to show the reader that the ideas I share can work for them if they are totally focused on their objective which is to get back into the workforce.
Establishing a work history and then utilizing professional bonds that lead to further career advancement is one of the critical concepts that Lundell discusses in “Get Beyond Your Troubled Past.” He encourages people with background problems to continually cultivate associates who can give them positive recommendations.
“I teach people to behave in a way that will help them achieve their objectives,” he said. “One of the keys to establishing solid people links is to be very likeable and continuously maintain relationships with past and present colleagues. You must also be willing to constantly resell your services.”
According to Lundell, the process that “Get Beyond Your Troubled Past” entails is far from a quick and easy road.
“This is a very structured process that requires a lot of planning and dedication but it is well worth the effort,” he said.
To learn more about “Get Beyond Your Troubled Past” or to hire John Lundell as a speaker or trainer call (702) 628-9639 or visit getbeyonditall.com.