Is your career at the mercy of the job market?

Do you feel like your career is at the mercy of today’s job market?

Joseph shared his story with me in a recent workshop. He had been hired a few years ago in a job that he didn’t love, but he didn’t hate it either. Recently, this company re-organized his department. As a result, Joseph’s position had been downgraded. If he stayed in the position, Joseph knew this could damage his career down the road. He wanted to change jobs, but his family kept saying he was lucky to have a job and should just stay put. Joseph didn’t know what to do.

As Joseph shared his story, several other students offered up similar stories. Have you been in a situation like Joseph’s?

Here are four steps Joseph needed to take in order to improve his situation.

1. Decide whether he should stay or quit.

Joseph’s first step is to decide when to stay or quit. If you’re not sure whether to stay or go, I’ve covered this in detail in 3 Reasons to Stay in a Job You Hate 

2. Determine what he wants from a job.

Once Joseph concluded it was time for him to leave, he needed to figure out what he really wanted from a job, and how to get it. If you want to learn a 3-stage process to get a job you love, read Are you putting the cart before the horse?  

3. Develop his job search tools to target the job he wants.

After Joseph has a clear target job (or set of jobs) in mind, he needs to prepare his job search tools to get that job. For a complete list of the tools required for a successful job search in today’s market, read What tools are you missing? 

4. Design his job search to overcome any obstacles.

In order to ensure his success in landing a job he loves, Joseph needs to identify any potential obstacles to getting hired, and prepare to handle them before they occur. For a list of seven (7) popular obstacles to employment in the current job market, read Seven Obstacles to Getting Hired.

 

Taking these steps will allow you to regain control of your job situation and job search. What step can you take today to reclaim power over your career? I invite you to share your stories on my blog below.

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Client Stories

When I first met Lori, I was in a rut. Having spent 25 years in the same industry, I was bored, max’d out and didn't know what to do next.  I was pigeon-holed into an industry that I was not so fond of, and saw no way to get out.  I felt trapped. Lori understood my predicament, as she had seen it all before -- she was sympathetic, but resolute in knowing that she could help me find answers.  I took great solace in that! 

Through several sessions and dozens of exercises, I began to get a clearer picture of who I am, and where my strengths and talents truly lie.  Working with Lori, I was able to translate that understanding into updated, targeted resumes that quickly produced interviews and gave me the confidence to express myself better than ever before. 

Consulting a Career Coach should be mandatory for anyone in today's work force, and Lori is the best at her profession.

Robert J. Norris, Warrenville, IL