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The paranoia at the Denver Post is running high these days. The paper wants to cut 37 positions via buyout offers, but if not enough employees age 50 or older take the deal, executives have already said they'll achieve their goal through layoffs. As a result, younger staff members, who'll be disappeared first under the union contract governing the Post, are nervously calculating their seniority ranking much as 18-year-old men during the Vietnam War worried about their draft status. Now, like then, the lowest numbers are the worst.

Given this atmosphere, a May 22 e-mail sent out under the signature of Carla Kimbrough-Robinson, the Post's associate editor/staff development, seems especially chilling. Why? The subject line reads, "Thinking of making a career transition?"

Here's the memo:

Smart, talented, and successful people just like you struggle with career search because:

1. Most of us have never been taught how to find a job, so we rely on applying for advertised positions, the least effective job search method.

2. The job search is haphazard and disorganized. It's start and stop, sit and stew, first try one idea, then another. No strategy, no system, no plan.

3. You can't stay motivated. Many work on their job search completely alone or even in secret. With no immediate results, they get frustrated. Rejection letters are common, and their approaches often receive no response at all. They feel like giving up.

Any of this sound familiar? If so, then join Frank Traditi, career strategist, executive coach, 20 year technology industry veteran, and author of the fast-selling book, "Get Hired NOW!", for this educational workshop. Maximize the success of your career search and find the job you really want.

WHEN: FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: Here at The Denver Post WHAT TO DO: Let me know that you want to come. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: This is strictly voluntary.

Here's what you'll take away from this powerful workshop:

* The three key elements for landing the job you want * How to deal with the one crippling obstacle holding your job search back * The secret to building a world class network * Real-world stories from successful job hunters * An action plan that will get you started now

If you want to learn how successful job seekers do it, get a plan for action, and how to stay motivated in the face of frustration and rejection.

Cheers,

Carla Kimbrough-Robinson

Hard to know if Kimbrough-Robinson's chipper sign-off reflects her mood or is simply an attempt on her part to make an unfortunate situation seem less dire. But as the person who's long been involved in hiring decisions at the Post, she seems to be transitioning into a very different role quite well. Cheers, indeed.-- Michael Roberts

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