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Jun 12

Manuscript Complete! In Bookstores Nationwide in Jan, 2012!

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

I’ve been underground for the best part of two months wrapping up the expansion of my ebook Backdoor Job Search: Never Apply for a Job Again! 10 Time-Tested Principles forLaunching an Effective Backdoor Campaign into a doubled-the-size manuscript to be in bookstores in January, 2012, under the new title Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest. (My publisher thought it best to change the title around.)

The new version will expand upon the principles as well as give some highly useful tools for creating “stealth” (the backdoor word substitute) campaigns. I’m excited to have just received another great endorsement from Keith Ferrazzi, bestselling author of Never Eat Alone:

If you are in a transition now, however, read the eBook now, don’t wait for the movie! Check it out HERE.“Never Apply for a Job applies the basic truth of my own philosophy to your job search: relationships are the key.  Whether it’s a job, a career change, or even an entrepreneurial venture, it’s the people who make anything possible for you.  Anything!”–Keith Ferrazzi, co-author of the bestselling Never Eat Alone

May 15

Urgent Call for Stories – Get Published!

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

Got a Good Story? Get it Published in My Upcoming Book and Journal!

Two Questions:

1) Have you ever made a cool career transition through the “backdoor?”

Meaning,have you used the leverage of relationships and/or research to create or tap into a job or career opportunity in a non-traditional job-search way?

Everyone knows how to apply for jobs, surf job boards, and connect with a recruiter…but have you ever used your own professional networking in an interesting and unique way to land something through the backdoor that you couldn’t have landed through the front door?

2) Have you been through a midlife crisis career challenge that you came out the other side of more empowered and on track for your true purpose in life?

Midlife crisis is a concept, much less reality, that many folks have experienced in a myriad of ways (e.g., loss of a loved one, divorce, financial devastation, sickness, etc.)…

but have you faced that demon that takes so many people out of the game and come out on top, with a passionate purpose in life to show for it?

If either of these subject areas apply to you, I invite you to submit your stories for a chance to be published in a new book that will land in bookstores early next year, and/or a professional career journal that I will edit this summer.

I have FREE GIFTS for all who offer a story, and a signed copy of the final book or journal that includes your story, if chosen, with special acknowledgement on my website!

Please GO HERE to Submit Your Backdoor Job Search Success Story:

Please GO HERE to Submit Your Midlife Crisis Career Recovery Story:

Thank you for sharing your story to inspire others either to be their most effective in career transition OR to forge ahead through the trials of midlife to pursue their passion and purpose!

If you know someone with an inspiring story, please forward this email so that their story can be told!

Darrell W. Gurney, CareerGuy

May 06

Upcoming 8-Week Summer Program

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

Want to invest wisely in your career this summer while still being on the go? Check out our upcoming 8-Week Summer Career Transformation Programbeginning June 21. Click Here to check out what others have said about this program…and register for one of 12 available seats today!

You can prepare yourself for a stealth, behind-the-scenes backdoor career move in late summer or fall while still being on vacation. As long as you have an internet connection and a phone, you’re in career-transformation business!

Mar 15

The Cobbler’s Shoes of Personal Branding

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

I spoke for the Orange County Chapter of the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG) this evening, covering some of the ways by which individuals can separate themselves from the crowd the same way companies and products do. It’s interesting that even professionals that do this for a living for products and services need support to get past those internal governors placed on us by the cultural “rules” that you’re not supposed to toot your own horn nor beat your own drum.

It’s a human dilemma we all deal with…but I say that, if you have special talents, skills, and a unique essence that you bring to everything you touch (which, by the way, everyone does), and you’re NOT promoting it effectively in the best, ear-catching and branded way of ownership, then you’re in effect cheating the world.

OK…now who feels guilty of cheating??

Feb 16

The Emotional Side of Career Transition

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

Are you a senior executive going through a challenging time, both work-wise and emotionally, around a career transition? We often don’t share the true esteem-shattering aspects of the search process. Listen here to an audio from the wife of a client who called me completely out of the blue after just a couple weeks of working with her husband through this program.
Once she began talking, I asked her if I could record the call, and what she shares will give hope to anyone going through transition.
Jan 04

Out of the Box: Backdoor Job Search for Non-Traditional Career Shifts in Non-Traditional Times

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

JobTalkRadioUSA hosted me for their 2011 inaugural radio show on Jan. 4. I receivedLOTS of calls and emails of positive feedback from the 60-minute show, with people saying it was tremendously helpful. Here’s just a couple!


Tracy M. has sent you a message.
Subject:Thank you!

Hi Darrell,
I just listened to you on Blog Talk Radio’s “Career Catalyst” and I really enjoyed your advice. I’m slightly shy so I especially appreciated the specifics you shared about crafting an approach letter as part the backdoor job search strategy.

Thank you so much!
Tracy M.


On January 30, Wen D., MD wrote:

To: Darrell Gurney
From: Wen D., MD
Subject: Wen D., MD wants to connect on LinkedIn

Dear Mr. Gurney,
I just listened to your CareerCatylst talk on “Backdoor Approach for Non-Traditional Career”. Thanks for sharing your insights, it was encouraging to hear your success stories and to affirm the Networking & Informational Interviewing approach that I’ve been using.
Thank you,

Listen to the show here.

Click here to download…

Nov 10

Early Morning or Evening Networking Always Pays Off!

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

I visited the Orange County Chapter of CafeNet this morning and spoke on “SureFire Ways to Recession-PROOF Your Career.” It so pays to find and visit the networking organizations around you, whether you have to shimmy out of work a couple hours in the morning or take an evening to network on your way home.

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It amazes me that so many folks are not aware of the multitude of professional and trade associations right in their backyard, in both fields of current work as well as fields of passionate interest. Many are completely free, or allow you to come a time or two before joining just to check them out. Google “Professional Networking Organizations” for your area, or consult the Directory of Professional Associations at your local library…and get out and get connected!

Oct 31

Job Action Day 2010

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

My friends Randall and Katharine Hansen at Quintessential Careers have put together the third annual Job Action Day, where they have invited career coaches and bloggers nationwide to participate in sharing hope, inspiration, tips, and both gentle and hard nudges to support job seekers in these interesting times. I was happy to participate once again.

Some of the statistics and facts put together to alert folks as to the new world of work are eye-opening to say the least. For example…

  • Fifty percent of the workforce added in 2010 will be made up of one form or another of contingent workers, says the report The Emerging New Workforce by Littler Mendelson, P.C., which provides employment and labor-law solutions. “As a result,” the report states, “approximately 25 percent to as high as 35 percent of the workforce will be made up of temporary workers, contractors, or other project-based labor. The numbers of professionals working in temporary or alternative work arrangements will continue to rise. Flexible work schedules and telecommuting will increase as companies turn towards practical solutions to efficiently complete tasks while retaining talented individuals.” [Similar sources:Freelance Nation: Why Permanent Jobs May Not Come Back by Charles Hugh Smith, DailyFinance; Need a job? Contract work could be new normal by Eve Tahmincioglu, MSNBC; One-in-Five employers to hire full-time, permanent staff in Q4: survey by International Business Times]
  • A looming skills mismatch is preventing some workers from obtaining jobs even as employers increase hiring. During the recession, employers had to make do with fewer workers, and those workers took on more functions. “Now, someone who hopes to get those jobs must meet the new requirements,” reports Christopher S. Rugaber in an Associated Press article. Technology has also added to the skills mismatch. [Similar source: The Stagnating Labor Market by Arjun Jayadev and Mike Konczal, The Roosevelt Institute]

I contributed an article to the effort as well, focusing on the absolute necessity for people to begin thinking entrepreneurially in terms of job search. Gone are the days when a call to a headhunter or a few resumes sent in to an online job board would net something. People must begin to realize ever more the importance of relationship-building so as to take advantage of the statistic that 80% of jobs are filled before they are even advertised. Read the article HERE.

This last point I demonstrate quite vividly in the free 16-page Special Excerpt Report,Front Door Folly, Backdoor Bonanza, available upon request from the top-right box on this page.

But then the question becomes “How do I do it differently then? How does one pierce this backdoor of opportunity?” So, in honor of Job Action Day 2010, I am offering my brand new ebook, Backdoor Job Search: Never Apply for a Job Again! 10 Time-Tested Principles for Launching an Effective Backdoor Campaign, for 50% off.  This is a Limited Time Discount and I invite you to reap the benefits of Job Action Day and download your copy today. It even comes with a 1-year guarantee!

Lastly, spend some time today replenishing your job search mind and soul with the many articles and blogs from my colleages at Quintessential Careers ( and the many career professionals taking part in this effort

Sep 10

Great and unique ideas for places to network!

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

Remember, it’s all about who you know and who knows you! I was included in a recent blog special where experts offered non-traditional–and sometimes unthought–avenues for networking. Check out the ToiletPaper Entrepreneur’s blog at

I especially liked the one about wakes and funerals! Not to be morbid or irrespecting of the deceased…yet life goes on, doesn’t it? Therefore it pays to ALWAYS be on your game and ready to connect…because you never know who is around you, dead or alive!

Aug 20

Backyards and Barbecues

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

As summer begins its rollout and school and the fall begins their approach, I’m blown away by the what simply getting out this summer has provided for me…and hopefully for you!

With my son’s scout troop last week for 6 days of summer camp in the Sequoias, it was proven to me once again that you never knowwho is surrounding you…so it behooves us all to extend a hand and find out! Under a jerry-rigged tarp to cover an outside picnic table where us few scout dads who brought our laptops could tap into the camp’s wireless, I engaged with another scout leader and found out we can help each other.

The simple question “What do you do?” is something that amazingly few people ask but which opens up so many doors for conversation, connections, collaboration, and contacts! Folks, you just never know who is around you…and it really, REALLY pays to check in with the Universe!

What you are seeking is seeking you!  You just have to introduce yourself to it!