If I could change one thing in the typical job seeker’s mind, I’d get a crowbar and pry out (and incinerate) the goofy idea that a job seeker has to grovel and beg to get a job. There’s no question that the economy is struggling. There aren’t as many jobs around. But if we focus on the idea “Too few jobs! Too many people!” we lose sight of the other side of the equation. When employers are in trouble, they need brilliant people who can solve their problems. It used to be possible and even easy to get a job just by fogging a mirror. That isn’t true today, but people who show up to an interview ready to talk about business pain and its remedies are more in demand than ever.
One of the flavors of dangerous job search Kool-Aid making the rounds has to do with career change. This Kool-Aid gets people to believe that they have to give up massive amounts of salary by changing careers. Now, in some cases this can be true. If I’ve been working as the head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at a major research hospital and I decide to buy a pushcart and sell gourmet popcorn, I’m going to take a salary hit. There’s no question about it. For most people, though, changing careers is not an automatic ticket to the end of the salary ski-lift line. Here’s the thing to keep in mind: you’re going to send a resume, and the employer is either going to interview you or not.
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- Career/Job Challenges, Clearview Collection, Job Search, Liz Ryan