What you call it doesn't matter when you are looking at no pay check coming in, right? Maybe your employer has contracted for an Outplacement Service to help you find a job and maybe they haven't. Maybe you got some separation pay. So what, in the final analysis, the outcome is up to you. You have to do something. You know that you need a really good professional resume written and you need it now. Yours is ten to fifteen years old. Can you stop for a moment and think about the difference between a two and a half to three page flowery resume that makes you feel really good about what a great person you were and a one page hard hitting, barn burning, door opening, interview getting one? Are you feet solidly on the ground and your head not somewhere in the clouds thinking about taking a 'much needed vacation' to sort it all out or thinking about what it is you want to do with the rest of your life.
Do you realize this is the time for action? This is the time to stop filling out reams of time consuming questionnaires and attending endless, meaningless classes on navel gazing and sorting out your feelings. If you're like me, you're probably mad as you know what. It's time for grabbing the bull by the horns and making some tough decisions. Yes, there are lots of good jobs out there, so many in fact that employers can't begin to afford to advertise them and are finding it cheaper to pay the Head Hunters and Employment Agencies and even their own employees to find them many of the people they need. Can you see the sense of contracting with a Resume and Job Search Coach to have someone on your side in this battle for survival of finding and competing for the very best jobs.
Who else really has your best interests at heart? Everyone else is in the employ of a company. They know where their bread is buttered. What are you going to invest your money in? A trip to Cancun? A new car? A $250 crystal football commemorating your alma mater's latest win. Or will you invest in someone with the know-how to help you over the rough spots on the trail of your next job, the best job you have ever had... The Right Job!
When did you last look for a job? Five years ago, ten, twenty? Things have changed. One recruiter recently complained that they were getting 300 unsolicited resumes a week. A division of a large international company gets over one million resumes a year. They can't afford to send back a 'no' letter much less have the staff to wade through that blizzard of paper. How can you rise to the top of the heap? How do you get the attention of the decision maker? How do you get someone with the power to do so... create a job for you where none exists at the moment?
If you know all that, why in the world are you reading this article about being unemployed? If you don't know all that and a lot more, then what are you going to do about that crucial lack in your experience modem. Maybe it's time for a paradigm shift. Time to quickly reconsider your situation and make some serious decisions so your ship doesn't pull a Titanic on you. Does it really cost some company $5,000 or $7,500 or $15,000 to let you in on the secrets of the job market in 2006? Are there companies out there... Job Coaching companies that can transfer that knowledge for a lot less? Look around at who does resumes and then claims to also do Job Search Coaching. The field is not overcrowded so your search won't take much time.
As John Wayne would say, "you're burning daylight pardner!"
Rober O. Snellling, Sr., President