In the last post we explored some situations that many of us are finding ourselves. One group that I feel that is often overlooked is those who are working in jobs that are either part time or have become complacent where they are. If there are no jobs, then I will just stay here and make the most out of it.
One article I read today talked about how the average income of the middle class has come to a halt and even retreated for the past decade. We do not have time to wait for a better economy, We have to develop ourselves now. So what does this mean? What are some steps that you can do now to be prepared for the right time?
First, realize that people are starting new jobs and changing careers everyday even in this economy. But Tim, the news / papers /TV / Fox News all say that there are no jobs. Each month 4 million new jobs are started. Yes, it is more competitive but there are jobs out there. And the great news is you only need one.
Then, decide what you want to do. I worked with many people who wanted to get out of manufacturing and get into healthcare, the jobs won’t be shipped to China and it looks easy. After taking training, we had one lady say she couldn’t do CNA because she hated touching other people. A waste of time and money.
Do your research. What jobs are you qualified for, what skills could you use in another way that a company would pay for, is there training that will help you make the transistion?
Now get out there and talk to people. Network. Over 80% of the jobs that are filled are not advertized. I never fail to be surprised at how many people think they can job search solely by job boards. Less than 6% of jobs are found on job boards. Yes, I am talking Monster, Career Builder, Indeed and the other 400,000 job boards that are out there. They can be used to find leads, but it is still meeting and speaking with the right people.
Get on LinkedIn. But Tim, you just said not to get on the internet. No, I said job boards. LinkedIn is a great way to stay in touch with former coworker, classmatess and friends. Your profile is often one way that a prospective company will get to know about you. Be sure to put your picture on it, a headshot. It is a social network after all, professional but social. To other tools that LinkedIn gives you are groups and following companies. Groups are great because you get to follow poeple in your field, make connections and show your knowledge.
Update your résumé. Make it current and up to date. Ditch the objective, your hobbies, and make it suitable to modern tracking systems and to compete with the 300 other résumés they will get.
If you are changing careers, volunteer or find contract work. But Tim, I am working. I don’t have time to volunteer. Volunteering can be only a couple of hours a week. Ask your present employer if you can crosstrain. Often they can be a great source of moving into other fields and developing new skills.
I do believe that companies are doing less training of employees today, but that does not mean you cannot be the exception.
The main thing is to take ownership of you. I am reading a book called The Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman, the cofounder of LinkedIn. You take the reins and guide your wagon to where you want to go.