Author. Columnist. Blogger. Radio host. And very Feisty woman! Meet my friend, Eileen Williams!
1. Tell us about yourself.
My background has been as a career counselor/job search specialist where I primarily worked with mature jobseekers. Several years ago I wanted to do something a little more creative and, because I’ve always been a proud member of the baby boom generation, I started my blog and radio show, Feisty Side of Fifty.
2. How did you choose this particular niche?
Many years ago, I found myself in the middle of a career transition and wanted a new direction. I went to a career counselor and, after a very few sessions, realized that I wanted to pursue that line of work myself. I enjoy dealing with people and it’s a real thrill to help them uncover what they love to do and then give them the practical tools to get where they want to go.
3. You are the author of a very popular book, which I believe you recently updated. Can you tell us a bit about your book and why you decided to write it?
My book is called Land the Job You Love: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50. When I originally wrote it, there were very few job search books aimed a mature applicants and I felt there was a real need.
I’d had 20 plus years of experience in the field and was upset that older clients who’d been downsized from their jobs and felt they were no longer needed or wanted in today’s job market. My goal was to give older applicants the tools to present themselves with confidence and skill so that they can successfully compete in today’s job market.
So I used my experience in outplacement to create a book/workbook that walks people through each stage of the process and shows them how to customize the information to suit their particular needs. I also update the information annually to keep my readers abreast of the latest techniques and tools.
4. And you also have a radio show? Tell us about that.
I’ve been very lucky with my radio show because I’ve been able to attract some well-known guests. I’ve interviewed such people as Florence Henderson, Senator Adlai Stevenson III, Peggy Fleming, Clinton Kelly and a number of actors and authors. They’re 15-minute podcasts and are totally free to listeners.
5. I frequently read your columns in the Huffington Post. How did you get to be a columnist for them?
Thank you for being a reader! When Huffington Post started the special section Huff/Post 50, I was invited to start writing for them. It’s been a great experience and I feel I’ve been able to give boomers some helpful tips and strategies to successfully navigate the current job market.
6. What do you like most and least about being your own boss?
I like having flexibility and I’m pretty good with follow-through. The part I don’t like is that I can get tunnel vision from time to time and not see the possibilities that working with a team would provide.
7. Feisty Side of Fifty has become a very well-known brand. What did it take to achieve this level of recognition?
Thank you for the compliment. I was very lucky because Feisty Side of Fifty was one of the early sites for baby boomer women. I think blogging on a consistent basis and doing a certain amount of social media (I primarily use Twitter) are helpful in building your brand.
8. What advice do you have for someone wishing to write a book?
I would suggest that they look into the wonderful new options provided by publishing on demand. My book is published by Create Space, which means I own all of the rights. Since it’s important to me to update my tips and strategies on a consistent basis, I also love the flexibility. I can change things up with ease and there’s only a couple of days downtime before the book is back up and available on Amazon.
9. Where can we find you? Your book, your radio show, your blog?
You can find all three at Feisty Side of Fifty.com
The book is also available on Amazon.
10. Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’d just like to thank you for your generosity in helping your fellow boomers achieve success with their businesses. Many times becoming and entrepreneur at our age is the best way to go and, with a coach like you to show the way, it makes the chances for success far greater. Congratulations on your important work!