It’s widely reported that we’re in the best job market since the 1960s. The stock market is hitting all-time highs and the economy is red hot. If this is really the case, why do I receive a steady influx of telephone calls, emails and LinkedIn messages from experienced professionals who share somber personal stories of being laid off or deathly afraid of losing their jobs in the peak of their careers?

These are highly educated, white-collar professionals with more than 20 years of specialized skill sets. Uncomfortable talking to family, friends and colleagues about their situation, they confide in me with their individual tales of job losses, relocated positions and the inability to find new appropriate opportunities. They are relieved—somewhat—to hear that they are not

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