Thursday, December 18, 2008

Job seekers fall into three categories. Which one are you?

Article Title: Job seekers fall into three categories. Which one are you?
Author Byline: Tim Tyrell-Smith @ Spin Strategy™ - Tools for Intelligent Job Search
Author Website: blog.spinstrategy.com

Excuse me, (job seeker), but in which category do you fall?

My experience as a hiring manager, networker and fellow job seeker tells me that there are three categories of job seekers.

So beyond the pure enjoyment of dropping people into neat little boxes, what's the value of this?

First of all, if you are a job seeker, you should know what category you are in so that you can be aware and act accordingly.

Second, others are either already aware of your designation or are getting hints from you that send key signals about your categorization. These signals can also affect your ability to get interviews, and ultimately, get offers.

Convinced?

Here are the three categories:

1. THE KNOW IT ALL This is a good thing. If you are in this group, you have a very clear idea of what you want to do in your career. You may have always known you were built for accounting in a large corporation or for customer service in a non-profit. It's also possible that you figured this out along the way but have no reservations that you found a true calling. If this is you, consider yourself fortunate. You get to pass GO and collect $200. Your challenge in job search is finding the correct fits, networking your way in and proving your case. Simple. Not without challenges, especially in this economy, but simple.

2. THE KNOWLEDGE SEEKER This is also a good thing. Mostly. If you are in this group, you are highly aware that your current career is not a perfect fit for you. You have struggled a bit (perhaps for a while) because you are acutely aware of this gap between what you love and what you are doing to make money. The smart members of this group are not only aware. They are also proactive in looking for help and guidance. A great place to look? Your friendly neighborhood career coach. As I've said before, I am a big fan of career coaches. But, as I've also said: If you are going to spend money on any career resource (coach, web service, etc), do it early in your search to get off to a great (eyes open) start.

3. THE QUIET QUESTIONER This is not a good thing. If you are in this group you have many of the characteristics of THE KNOWLEDGE SEEKER but are missing the most important one - the seeker part. You are unsure about your career choices and, unfortunately, it shows. It's obvious. When someone asks you at a networking event "what are you looking for?" your answers are vague and unsure. If your answer is "something stable" or "I like sales but could also do marketing" then you are in this category. Let me be clear. You are not making yourself open to a wider variety of jobs by being flexible with your job objective. You are telling people that you don't know. And there are three people who do know standing right behind you. If this is you, all is not lost, but plan on a longer, more windy road to your next job. Unless you are a great actor. And that's a whole different story for another day.

So ...

For the job seeker, as always, I hope this is helpful and drives some additional thinking on your part. Let me know if you have questions!

For the recruiter, which category of job seeker would you most like to recommend for a job with one of your clients?

For the career coach, what's your advice for THE QUIET QUESTIONER?

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Auto rescue still not favored

Saw this poll in the Washington Post. Most surprising to me is that 60% of those polled did not feel automotive bankruptcies would hurt the economy, and might even help the economy. It's one thing to oppose Government assistance to big businesses, but another to believe that bankrupting one or more of the country's largest manufacturers will not have an adverse effect on the economy. Like everyone, I wish we were not in this situation. But I still believe we need to do something to keep the auto companies alive, which would include strict oversight. I just wish they would have done the same for the $700 billion they happily provided the insurance companies, which as we can see has done nothing to ease the credit markets.

Friday, December 12, 2008

We're in for a Rough Ride

GM reportedly has hired Bankruptcy advisors and restructuring consultants now that the government loan has failed in the Senate last night. I was really hoping that they would get some assistance, especially in the form of a loan. But this must be for show isn't it? Wouldn't they have done this a long time ago so that they knew what that option would entail? And the result of this is reaching around the globe already as world markets remain skittish. Now the autos are hinging their futures on President Bush using part of the $700 billion in bailout money for them. That should be easy enough as there were no stipulations on that money whatsoever.

And the Fed is paying 0% on short term treasury bonds now? In other words the institutional investment community has absolutely zero confidence that their money is safe anywhere else, and they are willing to basically pay someone to hold their money just so it remains safe. I gotta buy a bigger mattress.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Companies Hiring in Information Technologies

Now this is certainly welcome news. Rafe Needleman is tracking who is hiring in the IT industry. If he can add some geographic parameters to this spreadsheet it would be helpful, we'll probably see that added shortly. Not a bad place to start if you're looking for IT work.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

IT spending will fall in 2009

Predicting the economy is like predicting the weather. We tune in but we always question what the weatherman says. Now here's an article about how IT will struggle in 2009. This seems more realistic than yesterday's report speculating that IT will grow in Detroit in the 1st quarter of 2009.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Detroit area IT jobs to increase in early 2009

Information Technologies hiring in the Detroit area is anticipated to increase in the first quarter of 2009 according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report. And networking and infrastructure are leading the way, which makes sense based on the increased demand for virtualization and cloud computing. Not by large amounts, but at least in positive territory. Compare this to recent comments by our leading economists who claim our recently recognized recession will last at least through he first half of 2009, it implies that IT is still seen as a cost-saving investment that can increase operating efficiencies over the long haul. This is good news. I'll be sitting at my desk waiting for the phone to ring with all of those job orders now.