Finding Work in a Slow Economy
Every week I get inquires from people regarding their job search. And, no matter how much I emphasize the need to invest in building relationships and targeting companies that are a fit, many resort to reviewing job boards as their only means for conducting a search. The end result is that they stay unemployed and continue to bemoan the “lack of jobs””.
Being unemployed is really not a fun condition when you have bills or overhead not being met, or rapidly depleting savings. It makes me wonder why then, people will continue a fruitless pursuit of employment, doing the same things over and over with no result, and refuse to change methods. I have heard “I make ten contacts a week, and I am not getting any response.” Ok, then, maybe you need to make 20, or maybe the method of contact you choose or what you say needs to change. (You think?). Or, “There aren’t any jobs posted.” (No kidding?).
Contrary to what some people would want you to believe, there ARE jobs out there. Promises for deliverables have been made and work is carrying on. Perhaps at a lower rate of production and perhaps each role is being scrutinized more carefully for ROI, but work is still getting done. Food is being delivered to grocery stores; people are still wearing clothes and driving cars that require tires, and using computers or phones to communicate. They are still getting sick and being treated. In every instance, there are support systems behind every deliverable. So, perhaps the needs are not heavily ADVERTISED, but work is getting done and somebody is doing it. If there aren’t any jobs posted, but people are still accepting offers for employment, then there is probably another way of learning about the opportunities that you haven’t tried.
In the past month, six of my clients have accepted offers for roles that were on target with their goals. (Oh, yes, I forgot to mention that in order to know what to look for, goals need to be established.) Each had done due diligence to know where they would like to work, what they wanted to do, where they are likely to find work and what they could do. Knowing what you can do, how competitive you are, and what is available are all critical to getting started. When a connection isn’t built between where a person is, what is available and where they want to be, it is impossible to move forward. The result is that a person can stay stuck on the thing that isn’t likely to happen in this market, and they get nowhere.
Each of the clients I referenced has a strong awareness of the steps they will take in these new roles to move toward their long term goals. Nobody ‘settled’ for something untenable. They developed their networks, asked questions, researched, made choices and have plans for moving forward. We’re ecstatic. To be on track with what you want to do and what is important to you is a huge accomplishment in any market. In our current economy, this is simply thrilling. Kudos goes out to those of you that rolled up your sleeves, did the research, started the conversations, and carried through on clues and leads. Well done!!
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