The other day I read an article on CNN Money on the difficulties of finding a job. As I read through that article I wondered if some are not making it seem worse than it is â€“ as bad as it is! Stay with me. If you are one of the unemployed or soon to be unemployed, I do not need to tell you how bad it is. 10% unemployment, much higher in some locales, the hurt is hot and heavy.
Yet, close to 90% are employed. And people are finding jobs. These are 2 very obvious, yet very key points. Because reading that article, the impression was that finding a job was a near to impossible task.
The article focused on a gentleman was the VP of a company who found himself unemployed. He used a variety of techniquesÂ to include advertising on facebook andÂ a number ofÂ other networking methods to ultimately find a job. Kudos to him. The last portion of the article was to ask for any reader who found a job to contact CNN Money with the specifics of how.
I got the impression that the number of people getting real jobs is so scarce that CNN Money was looking for anyone that could actually claim to have gottenÂ one. That for you to get a job, you have to do what this gentleman who was a former VP had to do (wow â€“ advertise on facebook? How am I going to do that?). And what if you are not former VP with all those networking skills, no wonder CNN Money is trolling for people recently hired.
It is bad. But it is not hopeless and the economy, this country moves on. This country recovers and the American Dream is and will be forever alive!
Do not be unbalanced by the reports of doom and gloom out there. Be realistic in your expectations and manage your expectations accordingly. Operate with a goal driven plan that moves you in the direction of getting hired. All the while, keeping your eyes open! What you need more than anything else is optimism.
By the way, here are some things you can do:
- Start a blog. Blog about you, your experience, your hobbies, etc. Do it for yourself. Do not be concerned with whether anyone reads it or not. Just spend 30 minutes a day, posting a few thoughts on it. Go to blogger.com and set up something free in minutes
- Join a toastmasters club. Once a week, goÂ it isÂ free to attend, evenÂ participate sporadically, or actually spend a nominal fee and begin their structured program to improve your public speaking skills (always, always an asset!)
- Attend local business meetings â€“ Borders near where I live sponsors a group that meets weekly and discusses â€œCash Flowâ€ for businesses and individuals. Join, why not?
- Find and join a local job group. Not sure where to look, start at your library. Your library, if it is not already, should be one of your key resources. Or call your local chamber of commerce and ask there.
- Look tangentially. Sit down with a mentor or friend and examine your transferable skills. Having been a nurse could have developed skills that could make you an excellent sales trainer, warehouse manager, night school teacher, or a retail manager. May to be time to look beyond what you have been doing, specifically.
- No new advice here. Go where your hunt leads you, be it across county lines or across the country!
Just a few thoughts for you to consider. It is not apocalypse out there. CNN Money need not be trolling for anyone that recently got hired. You can get hired.Â Be the One – in fact – be one of lot being hired today!!!