FINDING THE RIGHT JOB IN TOUGH TIMES
MIGHT BE EASIER
By Fernando Ratkoczy - Executive
Career Management Consultant
We may want to change the title of this
article to “Finding the right job in tough times is easier”. I make
some emphasis on “Good/Right” because the only real difference
between tough times and let’s call them regular times is not how
difficult is to find a good/right job but to find a job.
Understand that the right job is always
more complex to find since those are positions where we ideally fit
in, referring to things such as; located in the right area,
responsibilities to be performed are what we enjoy doing most and not
to leave out salary and benefits.
All the requirements and offerings of
that opportunity get as close to perfection as it possibly can in an
imperfect world. You can see now how finding that job might not be any
harder in tough times than it’s in regular times.
When the economy is well and employers
are hiring, jobs are advertised and need to be filled quickly. We as
job seekers have no chance to even think about what we would like to
do next or what we do best. You apply or approach a couple places and
they have an opportunity. The company has a need and tries and
probably very successfully sales you the company and the opportunity.
We at the other hand haven’t had the opportunity to sit down and
review our past accomplishments, the value we have brought o our prior
employer hopefully in dollars and cents.
We haven’t had time to assess and review
our prior responsibilities and determine what we have done best and
would like to continue doing in the future.
We haven’t had time to think about our
long term goals in our careers and the different decisions we may have
to make to successfully achieve those goals.
We haven’t have a chance to turn every
stone in front of us in the form of companies and the type of
opportunities in the form of growth and training options they offer,
their history and employee turnover statistics, their financial
stability and their prospects base on industry and other factors of
staying that way.
The average length of employment in the
US across industries and job disciplines in 2.7 years some estimates
are lower. That means that if you don’t find or even search for the
right job your chances are that by the company or by your personal
choice the relationship employer-employee will end even before.
Only a few job seekers perform due
diligence before they accept an opportunity, many times because they
don’t know how to do so or simple fear of not finding another job.
They say where there is one there is two.
Guess what? Because times are tough jobs
that are not right for you will not jump in front of you and
scream”Take me, take me!” you might be in luck. Since for once you
have to do your home work and uncover where exactly you fit best and
turn every rock and speak to everyone you know. Since employers are
taken more care who the hire there are also looking for the perfect
fit, after all they can afford to do so now. But that is great news,
since if you are the perfect fit for that position they will be more
likely to wait for you and be extremely happy they found you and that
you bothered looking for them.
Why does this make sense? Think back on
what we wrote about before, the chances are that in a regular economy
you would have been snatch by some other job that was not the ideal
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