When I read the recent Time Magazine article that my 22 year son sent me last night, I was completely shocked. Frankly, he was too. After all, we’ve been conditioned to think that to get anywhere professionally, we need to at least obtain a college degree. With more than 85% of college students moving home after graduation and no real hope. . . Well, you gotta wonder.
There is no question that it takes an extraordinary amount of effort to undertake a job search while employed. And, if your next move is not crystallized and what I mean by that is . . . you have complete clarity about what kind of position and industry you are seeking, it is even more daunting. With job seekers deluged with the workload of two or more people now, one needs to be super careful about hunting under the boss’s nose.
I have to tell you that last week was an eye opener.
If you’ve been following my posts, you know that I have been driving home the point about all of us becoming the CEOs of our careers. Figuring out your developmental areas is the first step in working this plan. Secondly, when we start to take action . . . it’s our next step in getting closer to improving our situation – whatever “black” hole we’re in. You know that as soon as we begin to move that ball down the court, we are feeling SO much better.
People are reengineering their life everyday as a result of being hit with a termination notice.
Not only has the rug been pulled out from us financially, emotionally and spiritually, but our very core of being is damaged. It’s like getting diagnosed with the Big C. It’s a psychic sledgehammer, is it not?
If I remember anything from graduate school – way back in the day – it was this concept of career security.
So, I thought I would check out what would come up when I googled those words. Lo and behold, the words “job security” popped up. . . “Job security is when your job is secure and there is no chance of you ever losing your job.”
With unemployment still reaching an all-time high and many believing it to be much higher, job seekers continue to scramble to compete in a big game of musical chairs, where fewer and fewer jobs are available. Many people are turning to entrepreneurship as a way of digging out of this black hole. In fact, that’s exactly what I did.
Here are a few reminders on ways to play the game if you want to win in the job market today.
#1 Over 40,000 new resumes are posted to Monster.com each day. Yes, these are gargantuan numbers but do you realize most people are not landing jobs through posting to the internet? Accept this first factoid and you will start to climb out of the black hole you might be in. Understand that there are many other ways to get noticed and land a position. Take a look at Tory Johnson’s article on uncovering the hidden job market. There are completely new rules to the game and you have to learn them now.
Every time I meet a new career counseling client, I am genuinely interested in how their career choices were shaped from early on. I can’t help it. I really do wonder how people end up in their chosen occupations. I am curious whether their parents played any part in defining their career and what their dreams were for them. Sometimes when I ask that question, I get a clear response. Sometimes I don’t.
I mentioned that I know a woman who won her dream job by following Tony Robbins Ultimate Success Formula unconsciously. She knew absolutely nothing about the formula I described in my last post. And, here it is . . . the New Year is around the corner and she pulled it off. She will march into this New Year – happy, proud and empowered by changing her approach until she got what she wanted.
What makes the difference? What else does it take besides a dynamite resume, a strong network and an optimistic attitude to land a new position in today’s job market? Harvard Business School Press ranks Tony Robbins as one of the Top 200 Business Gurus in the world and he has helped scores of celebrities, politico’s and people — just like you and me.
Every time I hear another story about employee abuse in corporate America or even small companies, I get a knot in my stomach. These stories surface daily in my work as a career counselor and resume writer. I often wonder how the American workers are supposed to sleep through the night when they live in fear . . . day after day of supervisors that mistreat them, organizations that lie to them and then give them the “boot.” Moreover, what about the employers that are taking advantage of the masses by paying the lowest wage possible? When will it stop?
Thomas Career Consulting Launched, Providing Job Searchers a Competitive Advantage in the Tough Job Market
Career Coach and Certified Professional Résumé Writer Mindy Thomas launches Thomas Career Consulting, LLC, offering résumé writing and career counseling. Thomas, a former career counselor for 15 years, returned to career services and became an entrepreneur after being laid off as a legal recruiter.
Mindy Thomas interviewed by Patricia Weeks
“Mindy’s interest in coaching evolved naturally from a long time career in counseling and training. With a Master’s in higher education and career counseling, Mindy has been coaching and motivating students and adults for 15 years; and teaching
at the university level for 10 years.”
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