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The Eurozone Crisis and Your Job

The labour market is a good place to start when you are job seeking or hoping to keep your job during the recession.  In fact it’s a good place to start, recession or not.  Before you enroll in a college or university program, knowing which jobs are becoming redundant and which are gaining momentum in the work force is crucial.  For people who already have a job it is critical to evaluate if:

  1.  you are in a position that can easily be absorbed by other employees should you get laid off
  2. your position or industry is anticipating growth for 2012 and beyond
  3. your formal education is necessary to fill this role
  4. there is upward mobility
  5. you can expect a reasonable salary increase with the cost of living
  6. you can expect a lowered or frozen salary after the eurozone crisis hits North America
  7. you will be forced to work part time hours
  8. you will need to enroll in further schooling or training to keep your job
  9. you will have a significant increase in work demands and hours
  10. you will have to job share to stay employed
  11. your job skills are flexible so you can find work in a different company or industry
  12. your job or your industry will be made redundant due to upgraded technology or other reasons  Read 10 middle-class jobs that will vanish by 2018

In case you haven’t had a look lately at the labour market watch the to 10 worst jobs in 2012 and the top 10 career choices in 2011  (haven’t changed since 2009)

If you live in Canada check out the Working in Canada site.

If these jobs look demanding in terms of education and experience that’s because they are. However they apply to most major cities and industries in North America so it’s likely they are among the most difficult to attain.  There are good jobs with reasonable stability and room for growth that are not as educationally demanding (with some exceptions). However most require some sort of post-secondary education and certainly computer savvy in more software programs than past years including:

  1. Executive Assistant/Secretary/Receptionist
  2. Nurse
  3. Hospitality Industry
  4. Customer service reps
  5. Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents
  6. Truck drivers
  7. Hair Stylists and Barbers
  8. Machinists, Machining and Tooling Inspectors
  9. Mechanical Engineering Technologist and Technicians
  10. Graphic Designers and Illustrators

A few tips to find a new job…maybe:

  1. Interview with a successful social media job seeker – from career enlightenment
  2. Having said that read 7 Facebook Mistakes that Can Kill Your Career  and watch How to get a job using social media
  3. http://gethiredbootcamp.com/ – this site requires a fee
  4. Video Job seeking Tips – free
  5. Join Linkedin, create a profile that lets companies know you are job seeking and start connecting with people
  6. Try using resunate – free service where you can check your resume against jobs you are applying for
  7. Use  Wordle – finds the most significant words in a job advertisement so you can match your resume to it
  8. Try careershift – charges a fee but there is a free trial period – software that helps you locate any job at any site
  9. See a recruiter or a career counsellor – these people can tell right away what type of job you would be a good fit for – if you have a career in mind all the better.  They will tell you if they want a resume…assuming you are new and freshly out of school you won’t have a lot of jobs to list so emphasize your transferable skills and any volunteer experiences you have. Virtual career counsellors are just as good as going to an office, btw.
  10. Be your own career counsellor – this is very simplistic but its a start. When you find a job that sounds good to you research how it rates in the labour market.  While you’re at it if you know anyone in a job you are interested in, ask if they’ll do lunch with you and grill them about their job – the ups and downs; the hours; etc.  Ask if you can spend a half a day with them at work.  And read this article while you’re following that plan. Or even if you’re not.
  11. Read this blog How to find the Hidden Job Market…that’s probably your best bet to get a job…aside from opening your own business.
  12. Do search classified ads online (and in the papers, I guess) but spend more time using the internet to find your new job. Read 10 big differences between the job search of yesterday and today.
  13. Watch Did you know? Find your true calling.

A few tips to keep your job…maybe:

  1. Consider leaving even if you don’t have to – sounds crazy in a recession and if you like what you’re doing for the most part and believe you are getting paid what you deserve then stay there.  But if that isn’t the case then job hop to your heart’s content.
  2. Open your own virtual company if you lose your job…sometimes when you forced into entrepreneurship it works out well…maybe better than if you didn’t have to be your own boss. Read Consider a Virtual Company to Get a Flexible Work Life  If you do lose your job read the above list for people looking for a job. If you’re going to go entrepreneurial you’d best be a trend spotter – or better still making trends.
  3. Assume that anything and everything you write online – whether its email or facebook – can be accessed by your employer…type as if your boss was standing over your shoulder reading your posts/emails.  Watch 7 facebook mistakes that can kill your career.
  4. Don’t fret over rumours about downsizing….document a list of accomplishments you have made for the company…then write out directions you’d like to take to bring even more advantages to the company. Then make an appointment to see your boss and make you plan known to him/her without discussing your concerns about losing your job….it’s not about you remember – it’s all about who and what is best for the company.
  5. Or perhaps a few tips to stay employed whether its in your current job or not3 tips: How to find a new job while still working
  6. While you’re considering leaving your job read this: Video: Facebook and Bain & Company Employees Explain Why Their Companies Are Best Places to Work
  7. Check your attitude at the door.  Watch How to keep your job and NOT get fired.
  8. Be aware of your true calling – in case it’s already what you are doing.
  9. This article wraps up in a few paragraphs pretty much everything I said above:  7 Tips for managing a career switch.
  10. Start reading career blogs like Vault’s Career Blogs, Brazen Careerist, CareerRocketeer, and some other blogs my blog is linked up to…there are tons more out there….They won’t necessarily get you a job but they might get you motivated and inspire you with an idea you come up with that gets you a job.

And for both people who are searching for a new job or are in-between jobs try not to get discouraged….competition is tough but you are worth hiring.  Tell yourself that every day.  When you come up with a way to make yourself stand out (and that doesn’t have to be anything out in the twilight zone either), that’s when you will land a job.

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January 6, 2012 - Posted by | Career | , , , ,

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