In the olden days, I used to fly ever couple of months. Back then, I would just run into the airport and jump on the plane. Well, it seemed pretty easy compared to today. Now I only fly once or twice a year. I am overwhelmed with the new guidelines and procedures. What happened to "ticket agents" at the main part of a terminal? There are kiosks now…where did all the people go who could answer my questions?
Finding your gate number is easier now. The monitors showing flights are colorful and easier to read! Yeah!
Over in "security" there are long snaky lines. I have to have my ID out, my toiletries in 3 oz. containers (and in a zip-lock baggy), and then take off my shoes. For the less experienced traveler and the traveling family, this creates great anxiety. I watched the veteran travelers zip right through while my family was still gathering their stuff and trying to get their shoes back on.
I can't forget to mention that EVERY traveler had a phone. Usually a smart phone. (I have smart phone envy already). About half the travelers whipped out their laptops upon sitting down either at the gate or on the plane. I felt left-out without mine.
I mention all these changes because job search and traveling have similarities. If it has been a while since you've last looked for a new job, you better find out what the new guidelines and procedures are. The best way to do this is to talk with friends who've recently "flown" into a new job. There are now thousands of websites and blogs providing job search advice. I would recommend you read as many as you can. A great compilation or magazine rack of blogs can be found at AllTop.
The "Unemployment Office" has been replaced by automated procedures, just like the airline ticket agents. You might find it frustrating to not speak with someone in person. Persevere, find the loop holes and talk with other veteran travelers.
There are long snaky lines at security points. On-line applications are used to weed out candidates. Learn what it is going to take to get yourself through this security. I happened to notice while flying, special privileges were given to flight crew.
Last but not least, have your phone and laptop ready at all times. You need to stay connected.
Whether your destination be for business or pleasure, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.