While living a week without contact with the outside world, I convinced myself that the employment situation was improving. I began to believe that people were landing jobs, companies were feeling more confident and opening their hiring gates and that the worst was over.
A girl can dream, can't she?!
Then I read Peter Weddle's newsletter. (You will have to subscribe if you want to read the current issue. Archives of his past newsletters are available here and definitely worth subscribing to for free!)
Peter states that the recovery will be unlike that we've ever seen before:
"Because what's happening today among employers is not a traditional slimming down of the workforce to cut costs during a recession. In other works, it's not a temporary reduction in force. It is, instead, a permanent reduction in structure. Employers are fundamentally changing the model they use for organizing their places of work. As a result, they are eliminating positions, and those jobs are gone forever"
I believe what Peter is saying is true. The cushy corporate jobs won't exist any longer. We'll need to change what we are expecting work to be. We'll need to change how we look at our careers. We're in charge.
I know, it isn't fair. It goes against what we were taught to believe and expect. We'll need to adjust our expectations and it will be hard work.
If we accept this today, and begin planning for this new future, we'll be better off in the long run. You can continue to look for jobs in the "Big" companies and organizations, but you may find they aren't what they used to be.
Change your beliefs from it isn't true or it isn't fair or it isn't right to I AM IN CONTROL, I CAN DO THIS DIFFERENTLY.
And, by the way, if you are interested in my 6 word Memoir (from yesterday's post…)
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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.