Thursday, January 21, 2010

Plan For Career Success In A Jobless Recovery

By John Smith

We are at the starting of the economic recovery it is clear, with many positive signs from US companies and from abroad. This is likely to be a jobless recovery officially because the recession may have ended. But in a jobless recovery, profit increases but companies are conservative and don't hire back those jobs which were cut during the recession. Employees are working harder because productivity increased and technology has allowed also for fewer workers.

Executives left with no exception because almost all the job categories have been hit in this recession. If you are one of those manager or executive who has lost her job - or if you are still hanging by your fingernail - you can contemplate your next career move during a jobless recovery because there are many things worth considering.

Stop being stubborn. It is good time to start increasing your search if you may not be able to get a job at companies that meet your career goals. Looking into similar industries, different locations and even the idea of switching career is a good option.

On the other hand, prioritize your preferences and act accordingly for the likely companies, and stay on their radar. Things always change, jobs open - be in a better position to get the job. Relocation could be one of the options. For years, job seekers have been privileged enough to find jobs in their own backyard, but that idea has to be changed. Looking elsewhere for jobs that meet your career skill and goals is a better option. At worst you can come back home when the employment situations improves. At best, you may enjoy your new job enough to stay.

It is better if you want to start looking for jobs in healthcare, education, government and the environment. Because it is expected to see growth in these sectors in coming years due to a number of factors (i.e. healthcare reform, a push for new green jobs, turnover in government and the creation of new jobs in the industry, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will pump money into education.)

Go back to school. This is not for everyone. Do not just decide that you want to be a lawyer and then go back to school to pursue this goal without doing the research, but if you ever want to change your career, or go to college or grad school, now may be the best time to do it.

It is good if you don't shy from any volunteer work, internships and part-time and temp work. Because these route will keep you busy during a recession, but it will also help job seekers that they can add skills to their resumes, make contacts in the industry, and offer opportunities for full time work should openings become possible.

Just because we are experiencing a job less recovery, but it does not mean that there are no jobs in the market. It is good if you tap your network and keep making the effort to get in front of the right people. The right referral could lead to a job.

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