Well it seems like we might experience a break in our job drought forecast. Visibility remains cloudy with an 80% chance of showers. What does that mean for your job search? Pack an umbrella and some rain gear, as there’s a good chance you’ll get wet with opportunities, well at least a sprinkle.
According to the “2009 Job Forecast Report” published by Careerbuilder.com, the highest areas for growth in new jobs in the coming months lists them in top order as, 1) Information Technology, 2) Professional & Business Services, 3) Transportation & Utilities, 4) Sales and 5) Healthcare. Trailing the pack with the fewest number of new jobs are Financial Services, Retail and Hospitality. If you find yourself in a career where there is less opportunity, consider a time to transfer your skills to industries and sectors that are hiring. If you are a financial analyst working in banking, consider retraining or transferring your skills to a professional service area such as technology or healthcare. If you are in retail, consider that your sales skills can be applied to pharmaceutical or media sales for example.
Even if the fill rate of open jobs continues to exceed two or more months on average, the chance you may actually get an interview or a job offer leans slightly in your favor. It still breaks down to some challenging times, but the good news is companies are still hiring. At greenlightjobs, for example our current average monthly postings exceed 300 in comparison to a few months ago when we were lucky if the average monthly job postings hit 100. It’s a sign that things are very slowly turning in the job seeker’s favor, but I do need to emphasize, very slowly.
If you are anticipating making a move now as you find your self frustrated or unhappy in your current situation, stop to think about it first. If there is an opportunity instead at your current employer for you to consider an internal transfer, relocation or promotion instead, consider all options before making a plunge. It’s simply not the best time to venture out on your own especially if you have limited resources to fund a new project, or are trying to take a risk in a new job when you already have one and know all the players. I’m all for people taking risks don’t get me wrong, but in this market they must be “calculated” risks or your odds decrease considerably.
However, if you find yourself one of the 100 of millions of unemployed seeking “ANYTHING” to get by, you have some ray of sunshine in the stormy skies ahead. There are industries that are hiring and they may as well be hiring you. What you need to do is be quicker, smarter and faster at finding and securing those opportunities than your competition. Get networked and stay networked all the time. Do not let up on the accelerator no matter how exhausting or defeating the effort may seem. There are many more of you out there looking these days. That doesn’t mean you should give up and not try to reach out and find a new opportunity. Do what it takes to set yourself apart from the rest. Be creative, inventive and innovative, but be especially mindful of what trends and opportunities exist in industries that are hiring. Consider areas you might not have considered before like “green” jobs or jobs helping the environment, even if you went to school to be an animator or film director. There are creative ways to parlay your skills no matter what the profession you just have to allow your imagination to stretch.
In the meantime, it’s easy to sit out the storm and wait for the clouds to part before you dive into your next job. But planting the seeds now towards your next career move, even if you have a job, is a much smarter and calculated way to ensure you won’t be left out in the rain when the sun finally does come shining through.
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