I was speaking recently with a client whose son landed his first job – in financial services, no less. Laughing, she observed: “It takes a village to get a job in finance these days.” Indeed, it does.
Although her son was a recent MBA grad who’d had solid industry internships, there was no queue of people waiting to hire him. Not a real surprise; it’s a rough market.
And it wasn’t like he was sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring. He had Continue reading
“Getting laid off was one of the best things that ever happened to me.” A VP once said this to me as she handed me a pink slip.
Yeah, right. I’ve been laid off three times. No matter how prepared you are, it’s a lousy feeling.
Let’s face it, it’s hard to look for a job. All those judgments. All that disappointment. All the waiting. The strange thing is that – like so many things – I got better at being unemployed by changing both my attitude and my tactics.
Every day, I talk with people who are doing volunteer work to fill their extra time while they look for new jobs. It’s a great way to keep a routine, feel good, and give something back. But most of them are overlooking another possibility – a leap to a new career.
I’m not talking about going to work for a non-profit, although some have done that, too. I’m talking using volunteer experience to build skills for private industry or to test-drive a new career. Continue reading