Money & Careers

Rainy Days and Layoffs—This Too Shall Pass

You may be surprised to discover that the vice president talking to you about an entry-level role today may be looking for a mid-level manager in a month. If the dialogue doesn’t lead to anything tangible, try to still glean something useful from the conversation. If you sufficiently impress them with your optimism and skills, you may be able to draw out a constructive suggestion, or acquire a hiring contact for your job search. But you must boldly ask for these at the end of the conversation. At the very least, they may compliment you on your skills or  demeanor—fortifying your self-confidence.

Try a new tack on your job search. All the time.  Recruiters like myself get involved in lots of research. When I look for unique qualifications to fill specialized roles, I could easily get caught up in traveling down the same path of research for hours. Expecting a different result would be ludicrous. And so, I change threads—by looking for prospects under different rocks, to use a cliché, to refresh my search.

Job hunters need to do the same. Try a new thread for your job search. Deviate from your tried-and-true path and look to use your sales or operational competencies in a completely different industry, for example. Instead of focusing solely on finding a full-time role for yourself, consider consulting opportunities, or contracting yourself for a few hours to different firms each month, capitalizing on your area of expertise. Consider roles in a different geography, and if you can’t relocate, approach hiring managers with the prospect of working remotely.

Before interviews, don’t forget to tailor a new resume for each job you pursue—gearing it to the specifics of the position. Most people, including hiring managers, are visual, and seeing how your experiences match their role validates you. Although it’s time consuming to revamp your resume with each open role, you will not only raise your chances of landing new opportunities, but also you’ll feel energized by the process.

Take a break when you feel hopeless. But make it a short one. There’s a lot to be said about clearing your mind to stay better-focused on your job search. Take an hour each day to exercise. Make a meal for your family. Or pray. Then get back to work.

Faith and fear over your job search cannot occupy the same space. Since the day has only 24 hours, don’t waste this valuable real estate.

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