Many of us were the unfortunate recipients of our past companies putting us on the streets due to optimization, aka down-sizing or complete dissolution of the business unit. We have been forced to take positions that fall significantly short of our capabilities and our needed compensation. This leaves us with a couple of choices to either muddle through and work a position that we have to keep so we are able to just get by and wait for the economy to turn-around or learn new skills to start over completely.
There are a ton of local on-line job boards as well as an infinite amount of national career sites out there, to list a few; careerbuilder.com, monster.com, TheLadders.com, indeed.com. As you visit each of these sites and join as a member you will receive emails of open positions that fit the profile that you entered. It is then up to you to decide if you want to apply for these open positions. Some of the postings you will find have already been filled and many of them will not even contact you if you are not a candidate even though it matched your profile. This can be a huge waste of time and energy as well as wear on your personal psyche.
Another alternative is to get hooked up with a “head hunter” or placement agency that specializes in your field of expertise. They will contact you if and when a position opens through the companies they have a relationship with. This is a way to find out what kind of strengths and weaknesses you have and how to build your resume to sell yourself in the correct way. You may find that the place agency wasn’t able to find you a position, but they did put you in a better position to market yourself.
Your local unemployment office is available to you as well, if you live in the area that it located and you have the transportation to get there. If not you can, if it is available go on-line and search through the positions available on the local job board.
In today’s job market the individuals with significant experience in their field weather it is sales, management, chemical engineering, financial or banking, they are competing, in many cases, for the same job that recent graduates are applying for. This makes it even more difficult for a seasoned individual to land a job in their, because the hiring company will not have to pay for their experience and they can mold the recent graduate into the type of employee they want without any prior habits.
Remember the old adage it’s not what you know, but who you know? Well utilize your network of personals that you have acquired throughout the years, someone you know knows someone that is still working in your field and they may know of a position that could be just right for you. Do what you have to do to get back into a position that you worked so hard to gain. Don’t sell yourself short, because you may be in a position that you feel is beneath your abilities and definitely below your compensation expectations, but you can survive this valley and the peak and summit will be yours’ again in the near future. Remember, make it happen or it will happen for you!