Job search isn’t nanotechnology; you’ll find a commonsense logic in everything I show you and wonder why you didn’t see it before. You can get your job search moving onto a new trajectory this week, and reap the rewards for the rest of your career. You can do this.
Everyone feels crappy when they are looking for a job—you aren’t the only one—but while there used to be a stigma about looking for a job, times have changed. Job change is an integral part of modern life. It comes around about every four years, making change and job search a constant factor for everyone.
Because everyone understands this, once you organize and follow the plan of attack, you will find many, many people are ready to give you a helping hand if they can.
We live and work in a time of immense change. When you were born, there still existed a world in which hard work, dedication, and sacrifice led to long-term job security and a steady, predictable climb up the ladder of success. The world you now work in is entirely different: Companies still expect hard work, dedication, and sacrifice, but their only loyalty is to the profit imperative. You are expendable.
Different times require different strategies for today’s job search and for your long-term career success. The job security and professional growth our parents were raised to expect as the norm is a thing of the past. Here are the realities you’re facing, expressed in numbers:
A 50-year work life
Job change about every 4 years
3 or more distinct careers Economic downturns every 7–10 years
When you integrate my job search advice into the long-term career management plan I outline in my books, you need never again be caught flat-footed, urgently needing a job to put food on the table.
Along the way, we’ll discuss many long-term career management initiatives that are also essential parts of your job search plan of attack. For example, you’ll learn about credibility, visibility, and professional branding. These are all issues that can have great impact on your job search and even greater impact on your long-term career management initiatives.
Not surprisingly, the process starts with your resume. The resume creation process helps you focus on the job you want and package your skills effectively. It’s the first step in turning your dreams into realities, and as you’ll see, the resume techniques you’ll learn will not only help you land a new job; they can also be leveraged to get you promotions on that job. But but first things first.