Hey, welcome to 2009! An economic market made up of micro businesses. Where did all the big companies go, you ask? Well, what happened to the dinosaurs?
Thanks primarily to technology (read Thomas Friedman's, "The World Is Flat") the world in which we work has changed. No longer do you need millions to start a business (consider all those selling stuff on eBay, how much did it cost them and what are the successful people making?). What about the music recording business? The rock stars no longer need to pay thousands a minute for a studio, they have their own recording studios in their homes. What about the newspapers? Why are they shrinking their staff? What happened to some of the middle management in larger corporations and why are CEO salaries supposedly capped or decreasing?
The good news is that any of us can enter into our own businesses pretty easily today. The bad news is that most of us don't know how, don't want to or crave stability.
Even if you are risk-averse, you will still need to put on your "CEO of You" hat and manage your reputation. I subscribe to blogs and follow tweeple who write about marketing, SEO maximization and entrepreneurship because what these folks have to say is 100% transferable to job seekers.
Of course, I read blogs about career stuff too. One blogger/expert I particularly enjoy reading is Sital Ruparelia. His recent post "10 Ways To Thrive By Thinking And Acting Like A Freelancer" starts the ball rolling for this change in mindset!
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.