This is a really hard time right now for job seekers. This is not a normal job market. Many people are having a difficult time finding a job. Everyday we turn on the television and read the newspaper and are constantly barraged with bad news about the economy and more news about companies laying off hundreds and thousands of employees.
A lot of our clients are taking the time to analyze their job situations, career professions and ask themselves if they were really happy doing what they were doing. Some client’s say getting laid off was a blessing or that they stayed too long and this gave them the push they needed to change careers. Everyone’s situation is different.
Some candidates/job seekers are fortunate enough to take time off and be with their family, travel or just pick up a hobby. Some can’t do any of the above things because they need to start working again right away just to fulfill their basic needs of having food on the table and having a roof over their heads.
Changing professions at this time could be the best thing for a person or maybe a very scary proposition. If you have the financial security to allow yourself to take at least three months off and really pursue a new profession or career then you shouldn’t hesitate about doing the research.
If you have the time to explore a new career you will want to interview family, friends, or colleagues that work in the industry or profession that you want to move into and ask them the following questions. 1) How did you get started in this new profession? 2) What type of education did you need to pursue to become eligible for this new profession?
3) How long did it take you to get your new position?
If you don’t have the financial security right now to pursue a new profession that’s ok too. You will need to leverage the your current and past experience you have gained and find a position that will pay you your market value and provide you with enough financial security to help you find a job.
It’s extremely important to look at what you value most in life during these hard times and you will probably find that it isn’t money, that it’s your family, quality of life and having a balance, being with friends, living a healthy and productive lifestyle, laughing a lot or maybe volunteering and being of service to those who are in need.
We can always attach ourselves to material things but during times of stress, crisis or emotional and economic downturns most people care about the important things that we mentioned above.
So be kind to yourself and do what you need to do for you and your family. This too shall pass…
More tips for job seekers today. You will need to push yourself out of your comfort zone and go the extra mile to differentiate yourselves. First, find your sense of humor and start laughing more, start your own networking group or job search support group,
Work twice as hard at getting the job you really want, cold call on hiring managers, send handwritten thank you notes to all of the people you have interviewed with in the last two months and to those people that have helped you, hire a career coach, visit or stop by to meet HR representatives and hiring managers.
The great news is that we are coaching people into jobs everyday and they are receiving strong offers and compensation packages. This is not to trump you this is to let you know there are career opportunities waiting for you everyday.
Building a target list of companies and surveying your professional environment is very important right now. Check out www.bizjournals.com and conduct a search on Google regarding the top 100 companies that you want to work for by profession or industry.
If you go to linkedin.com and click on the company tab and then scroll down to the bottom right hand corner of the page, you’ll see “browse all industries” and you should click on that link and build a target list based on your company interests and zip code location. Their will be companies in linkedin.com that you have never even heard about before and this will give you more options.