A paltry 20 to 30% of all open positions are publicized. How do you uncover the other 70 to 80% of the opportunities? It’s called the hidden job market for a reason.
Outsourceable Work: Any work that can be outsourced to other countries to be done more cheaply, including work that can be digitized. That’s why jobs that require physical presence such as nursing, health care occupations and teaching are doubly good.
Jamie: Luck. I was laid off from my job at Yahoo! earlier this year and given support. One of my career coaches has a best friend who runs a fashion company with a maternity line. She introduced us, we had a talk, and everything started to make sense. She then became an invaluable mentor for me as I went forward. I wouldn’t have gotten as far as I have without her.
In addition to seminars like these, your local library can be a integral part of your job search. The library offers many free outplacement supports services, not the least of which is having a reason to get out of the house! Make the library part of your routine. You can use their computers, access the internet, research companies in your industry, even review business directories for outreach.
Be patient. A career change will take as long as it takes period. Small steps taken today will lead to big results tomorrow. Don’t rush the process nor be hasty in expecting results. Be patient.
I targeted a job with them in their sales organization. I thought it would impress them if I made a cold call on the college recruiter. So I planned my approach. I would go over at lunch time when the main receptionist wouldn’t be on duty. I figured the person that covers during lunch wouldn’t take their gate keeping duty as seriously. I thought if I could just get into the Human Resources Department, I could probably wait for the college recruiter to get back from lunch.
Stay in touch. Once a month, go to lunch with an old colleague, a former co-worker or a college classmate. Face-to-face, nacho-to-nacho, is the only way to keep true human relationships going. So break bread, grab a drink, or meet before work to share your experiences and trials.
To make a good decision about taking a buyout you will have to consider both your quality of life and your needs. Look at your monthly expenses and determine if unemployment compensation and your savings will cover your expenses. Investigate the job market in your area to determine how long it might take to get another job. Weigh the options and then make the best decision for you and your family.