At CNN.com John D. Sutter writes, “To find a job, ignore doom-and-gloom news, experts say”. John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a prestigious job-placement consulting organization says if you want to work, you need to block out the doom-and-gloom news about the economy, “It’s not relevant to any one person’s (job)search”. He says to get the jobs, applicants should be flexible, “Be open to changing industries. Be open to moving for a job if you find one. Be open to a part-time job as an audition”. He adds, “Always focus on your core skills. You are really defined by your function, not your industry”.
Jennifer Grasz for CareerBuilder.com says applicants should market their skills to the stable industries, no matter what profession they are coming from. There are more jobs available in health care, education, government and agriculture, whereas less stable industries include banking, manufacturing and construction.
Although new job openings are down, Monster.com, another job site, said most industries added more jobs to online search lists in February than did so in January of this year.
Happen, a networking organization dedicated to helping those in career transition has seen a number of their members land jobs in the past week and one member offered the following positive advice:
- Never turn down an opportunity and follow every job lead that comes your way.
- Never give up! Stay positive! There is something out there for all of us!
- Network! Network! Network!
- Pay it forward, give without thinking, and it will always come back to you!
Despite all of the “doom-and-gloom”, there will always be those who are offering positive advice and those who are willing to share their inspiring success stories. Focus on what you need to stay positive in your job search!