CHANGE CAN BE OUR FRIEND – THE JOB SEARCH

Today, I wanted to touch on change. We have been talking about Women in Technical jobs and how that industry is changing, as well as some of the best and worst jobs of the year. In our careers, change is a constant, especially in today’s market.

A generation ago, it was not uncommon to do one kind of work your entire career. Like my father, employees routinely spent their entire working lives with one company, getting the proverbial gold watch on retirement day. But those times and that kind of job security are gone. If you just lost a job, don’t be afraid to feel bad about it. Be prepared for negative emotions but work hard to find closure as fast as you can. Try to focus on the positive and get ready for a favorable change.

Today, labor statistics indicate a college graduate with a newly minted diploma will hold several dozen jobs over a career. They are likely to have three to five different careers and many jobs within each of those careers.

So what do you do if you find yourself in the middle of change… unemployed or searching for your next career? My book, JOB WON, is dedicated to all the men & women who may be finding themselves in the middle of change and is a great reference tool on how to get through the roller coaster.

Some people just aren’t prepared to do the work required to find a job in today’s economy.  I want to get to those of you who have been laid off, are going to be laid off or are unhappy with their current job, and give you a wake-up call.

It’s a new world out there. It’s not going to adjust to you. You are going to need to adjust to it. This is no time to relax. Finding yourself unemployed is not the time to plan a vacation.

The job search is a process you must own. Now is the time to rev your engines and get your competitive juices flow. There are great jobs out there waiting for someone like you. Your goal is to make sure it’s you who gets the job. When you hear about someone else getting a job that you would have wanted I want you to be politely happy for them and internally mad that it was them and not you. This is a competition and someone is going to win. I want it to be you. There are no limits to the things you can do and there is no stopping until you have reached your goals.

GIVE YOURSELF AN ACHIEVABLE GOAL

Define what it is that you want, what you are looking for and give yourself a timeline.

THINK HARD ABOUT YOUR SKILLS

Include any technical skills and those skills you have that are transferable to another position. What are your strengths? Communication, leadership?

Prepare a few samples using those skills, so that you can be confident in an interview.

MAKE SURE YOUR RESUME IS UP TO DATE

This is your sales tool and it markets you.

Find ways to adjust your resume to the job you are applying for. Are the skills required for the position highlighted and are your transferable skills noted?

CREATE AN ACTION PLAN

Every day and every week, write out a plan and stick to it. Be honest and make your plan to search for a job a priority.

USE YOUR NETWORK

If you are looking for a job – now is no time to be shy. Prepare your ‘Christmas Card List’ and get out and get involved with professional organizations.

SEARCH FOR JOBS EVERYDAY

Be the first resume and cover letter of the day the recruiter sees.

You are competing with others going for the same job. Make sure you win the race.

Starting out or starting over – change is going to happen. Job Won is a wonderful reference to help you better your career, find a job or pursue your profession with a passion.

‘Job Won’ guides your job search through every step of managing your career.  

Categories: Job Tips with Phil Blair