Introduction
          ...Hi!  My name is Mike Chapman.       
               I am now in my 50s, and  like           
           many
          folks of my generation,  I have had  
          my share of  job transition and
career experiences, both good and
otherwise. I have learned from them and
moved on.

My old path
I was a "successful" executive for over
25 years, but in the mid-nineties the
employment scene in the US really
changed.  I reached officer-level positions
of well known companies at an early age,
and CEO by age 45.  But it seemed that
every few years  my peers and I would be
beating the pavement again after another
downsizing, layoff, outsourcing,
rightsizing or whatever the term du jour
for no job, no paycheck.  And each time,
the gap between jobs got longer, and the
jobs lasted shorter.  The employment
picture seemed to me to be a constant
game of chutes and ladders.

What made it worse was knowing that I
would have to uproot my family, adapt to
a new company or community, and start
all over again. Each time I found a new
job I knew that it wouldn't be my last time
I'd look for work unless I took control of
my life.

A new path
Finally, a couple of years ago, I decided
to go in a different non-corporate
direction and became a self-employed
financial services professional.  Certainly
not as prestigious a title, and no
guarantee of income, but my career
change was the best decision I've ever
made in my life.  This has allowed me to
control my own financial, personal and
spiritual destiny.

My passion--what I do to help others:
For over a year and  a half now I have
made a commitment to my new
profession and to volunteerism in my
Dallas Fort Worth community.  

I give regular workshops to white collar
professional job-seekers in this area that
arms them with information and tips that
they can use to save them money and
protect their family's health while in job
transition.  Click below to visit the
schedule for the workshops.

It has been a great experience and fun,
and I have learned and benefited
tremendously.  I get up each morning and
answer every telephone call asking "how
can I help you," and I really mean it.
NO APOLOGIES
This site is set up on the cheap and by
an amateur webmaster: me.  I make no
apologies for it.  

As an insurance salesperson, I am
aware that I am in a profession that is
held in the same esteem as used car
and , aluminum siding  salesmen,
lawyers and proctologists. Here the
butt of the jokes is directed at HR
managers, but for a reason.

I gleefully pick at the HR profession.  I
do this partly because they deserve it
and are such easy targets. But I also
do it because as a former job-seeker, I
know that everyone in the active
job-seeking position would like to
throw those same stones, and
because job-seekers can use some
humor.  

So I pick on HR managers to get a
chuckle and brighten the job-seekers
day, and to  make a point and to deliver
an idea that will  save big bucks and
protect your health.  

Hopefully this approach will make you
want to click to the next page to learn
the next idea. If I offend thin-skinned
HR managers along the way, my
message to them is to read on and
learn Lesson 2.
Learn
Rule #2
GETTING STARTED
Before we get started, I need to tell
you about Lesson # 2.
It  is
essential you first learn
Lesson # 2 to be able to
protect your family's health
and save big bucks.

This is so important because the
longer you can stretch your cash
reserves, the longer you can afford
to continue to search for the job you
really want and that pays you what
you're worth.
Progressive Learning
This site is not designed to entertain
you or sell you something; it is
designed to teach you important stuff.  
Each lesson builds on the previous
lessons.  

That is why I designed it that you &nbo entertain
you or sell you something; it is
designed to teach you important stuff.  
Each lesson builds on the previous
lessons.  

That is why I designed it that you  must
navigate it a pag
Pro Bono Advice
I developed this site based on my workshop
so that other folks could benefit from this
inf