I called it:
What does this mean?
- Looking for a job will SUCK. Creative job seekers who employ stuff you find in Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters will probably do better than many, and those who get professional help from job search coaches and career coaches will do better.
- If you are unhappily employed, TOUGH LUCK. Stay where you are as long as the money makes sense. Leaving for something “better” might land you in laid-off land (staying might also, it’s a crap shoot), and leaving before you have something else lined up is asking for the opportunity to spend many months at job fairs.
- You have to, HAVE TO, get more serious about Me, Inc. Tom Peters’ Fast Company article is over 10 years old. Why are we still letting the boss (who has no job security) and HR (who has no job security) manage our career? Why are we letting our employer (who might go bankrupt tomorrow) be responsible for 100% of our income? Because we’re nutz, I guess…. that seems to be the only logical reason.
- Get ready for plenty of “sky-is-falling” propaganda, along with a bunch of “how to find a job in a recession” articles… all over the place. But seriously, don’t let it get you down. The job search can be depressing, but it could be a lot worse. You have OPPORTUNITY…! Seize the opportunity!
What can you do?
- Get your finances in order. Follow Trent at The Simple Dollar. Well-written, great information. He just came out with a book titled 365 Ways to Live CHEAP! and I’m sure it will be a great resource for many. Read his story and you’ll realize he’s just a normal dude who’s trying to get along, just like the rest of us.
- Don’t panic. Don’t follow the stock market daily… especially if you are closer to retirement. Get a good financial adviser, but don’t panic.
- Sit tight and work on a career hobby. You know, working on more education (formal or informal). Or hone current skills. Or write your book. Or catch up on professional social networks (get your Profiles beefed up). Reach out to long-lost contacts and renew relationships and friendships.
We’re in a recession… so what? YOU have power to control certain things, so work on those. This recession will correct itself… we had plenty in the 1900’s and we’ll have more in the 2000’s… just work on what you can and don’t fret over what you can’t control.
Oh and get your JibberJobber account… it’s a good time for that, don’t you think? 😉