How To Find a Job

This blog post is relatively small and simple. Yet, as you will see, it is of immense use to anyone in today’s world. I do not want to make it any more complicated than necessary.

My friend Tony has a recession proof career. No matter what happens to the economy, or to his company, he seems to be always in demand. His last company went through a wave of retrenchments, and he happily accepted a payout. He was quite certain, something will show up when he wanted to rejoin the workforce after a short break – and sure enough, it did. This got me thinking, and finally I also spoke to him to find out his secret.

Here are the two keys to a recession proof career: As he says, this is easier said than done.

 

 

It takes years to earn the trust, and days to lose it. Millions of small things done well on a consistent basis day-after-day results in the type of reputation that he has developed. Yet, the primary quality has been to represent things in a very realistic light, and never fake them.

 1. Earn the TRUST for CARING:

agreementTony is known among his peers as a person of integrity who truly cares about his peers. He works hard to earn and keep their trust. He is well spoken, and only promises what can be delivered. While he does not take himself too seriously, people do take his word seriously. The net impact of all this is that people want him on their team because they know that he will contribute to his full capability. Over the past 14 years I have seen him accept bigger and bigger challenges on a consistent basis, and met these successfully. Yet, he has always been truthful about where he will need help in each case. This has allowed him to grow personally and professionally into the kind of person who is always in demand.

2. Become known for being better than anyone else in your field:

businessmen-in-a-rowCombined with the point 1 above is his sense of direction. He has become a go to person for his area of expertise. Over years I have watched him seeks assignments, postings, and projects that will develop his expertise and sharpen his practical knowledge. Rarely has he ever spoken about the pay-offs and bonuses from his postings and assignments. Almost in every case, his focus has been on how it will sharpen his edge and broaden his horizons. That slightest edge he has over others in his area of expertise is enough to tip the scale in most cases.And, that is why he never appears to anxious about his career prospects.

 

 

I will end this blog post here – because i have given the central message of this post. Only question outstanding is – how to do each one of these two things? I have written numerous posts that answer this question.

 

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Vivek Sood

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  • Kerliyana says:

    Having a job or career makes you feel good. Yeah, you heard us right. Knowing you can do something well and earn money for your skills is a great feeling.

    If you have a job or a career, you can earn money. If you can earn money, you can buy things you need, pay your bills, have a place to live, and basically do things you want to do. Without money, you can’t do much!
    Having a job or career makes you feel good. Yeah, you heard us right. Knowing you can do something well and earn money for your skills is a great feeling.
    When you work, you contribute to the community. You help make the economy and your community stronger. You are being a productive citizen (which communities like) and a valued community member.

    When you work, you develop new skills, learn new things, and create a record of employment. Then when you want to get a new or a better job, or maybe even go to college, your experiences can help you to do that.

    Last but not least, when you have a job or a career, you have self-respect, dignity, and self-worth. You are being responsible and making sure that you can take care of yourself. You are creating a solid foundation that you can build on to have a successful future.

    Your first job may not be the type of job you have to want forever, but it’s a job that will give you skills you can use for a career that will last long after high school!

  • Donovan SC Logistics Executive says:

    What makes a job so-called recession-proof is society’s perpetual need and heavy demand for the service related jobs?

    Certain fields, such as healthcare, education, law enforcement, and various computer-related occupations are thereby always in demand. But as to which specific jobs are the most recession-proof, this varies in different eras, as the times change, and each recession differs.

    When a recession occurs, many people, especially those who have lost their jobs, those whose jobs have been threatened, or those who fear to lose their jobs are motivated to seek education to be able to obtain recession-proof employment in their future

  • Jordan says:

    Motivated and directional words wrote by the Author. Earn the TRUST for CARING can be easy but “Become known for being better than anyone else in your field” may be tough, it never come until we experienced in that field.

  • Fanny says:

    Increasing your soft skills savvy will help you demonstrate your value during a soft economy, whether you simply want to recession-proof your career or if you find yourself back on the job market. Be seen as indispensable. Be seen as the go-to person for getting things done, the one who will make it happen when others can’t or don’t. Demonstrate your versatility. Even if you are not best at any single position on the team, you are more likely to be kept on when you are seen as a multipurpose player. Versatility becomes even more important during times of cutbacks when fewer employees remain. Have strong relationships with the people your company serves. Like, when the higher-ups are deciding whom to ax, you want them to think, if we let him go, we will be putting some business at risk, try explaining to everyone why we’ve paid him off!

  • Blossom says:

    If two people have the exact same professional skill set and experience, what’s left to set one apart from the other? Interpersonal skills and communication skills, especially asking good questions and listening, relationship building, time management, project management, and the various facets of Emotional Intelligence can help keep you in demand. All of these skills can be honed through the no- and low-cost options mentioned earlier. Other personal habits matter to your career as well – from grooming to your use of social media. Staying physically fit can also make a big difference. Doing so gives you energy and communicates a lot about your discipline, life balance, and self-respect.

  • Cherry says:

    A very fine article Vivek. Whether you’re a CIO or a help desk technician, I believe you can take measures to prevent the hatchet from falling on your neck. Be a team player. Getting along with others, in the boardroom or elsewhere, is critical when downsizing is on the table, especially for IT professionals who tend to be independent. These times require cooperation, flexibility and a willingness to go the extra mile. IT professionals who just sit at their desk or in the server room and do their eight-to-five are at risk. The problem with hunkering down is that it gives the impression that you’re not interested in the organization. Keep your ear to the ground. Staying attuned to what’s going on inside your company, including gossip, can help you anticipate changes. If there’s a rumor that your department is going to fold or downsize, you can identify other areas of the company where you could transfer your skills.

  • Simon says:

    Recession fears cause more sensation of job uncertainty among employees of any organization. Such fears also shake some workers’ confidence in their ability to continue earning a paycheck. For people working in the industries that are most likely to be hit with economic woes, some strategic planning to recession-proof career can boost the odds that they will stay employed or find new work. If you work for a company in distress, your first instinct may be to jump ship. But if your new employer later decides to lay off workers, you’ll likely be most at risk of getting a pink slip. In many cases, “it’s last in, first out,”

  • Jasmin says:

    To recession proof, your career, understand your company’s shadow organization. If you think office politics are beneath you, catch up fast on the “shadow organization” that really runs things and impacts key decisions, including those about reorganizations and layoffs. And yes, don’t be an ostrich. Catch the signs of shifting tides and be a detective about what’s ahead so that you can proactively position yourself. Maintain strong relationships and create high visibility with higher-ups. Get to know their interests outside of the office, volunteer for key committees that are close to the division head’s or CEO’s heart, and learn where they play golf. In other words, make the effort to bond with them.

  • Jess says:

    Worthy article on a recession-proof career. I think casting a wide network could be helpful in this regard. If you find yourself between jobs, having a great network is essential. Of course, LinkedIn is today’s networking platform of choice.
    When you connect with someone, a co-worker, former co-worker, former classmate, friend from church, you gain potential access to their network.
    At very least, you could ask your connection for an introduction to someone in their network. Once you have a network of 100-200 people, it’s amazing how easy it is to find someone who knows someone in a company where you’d like to work. So, build your network. You’ll be able to see your connections’ updates, promotions, new employers, and more.
    But stay in touch with some of your contacts via an occasional e-mail or phone call as well. Find out the latest. See if there are ways you could help them.

  • Ruth says:

    Obviously, certain industries and employers struggle more than others. But if the economy continues to a downturn, under certain situations, many other industries and employers also start facing financial pressures and problems. The key is not to panic or make any snap decisions. Unless some major negative and unforeseen economic event happens. So, in uncertain times, and really in any economic situation, what can you do to stay focused on your career and protect your job? You need to walk a fine line here because you want to be alert to insider information about your employer while avoiding getting too caught up in the rumors that often swirl around the water-cooler. And even more importantly, do not be the person identified as spreading any rumors.
    Your goal should be to avoid the office gossips while staying alert to real information that could have a direct impact on your job. You’ll build your career capital by being perceived as someone who is calm and cool under pressure and helps calm others around you.

  • Sharpe says:

    Truly a refined article Vivek. I would like to add my viewpoint in this recession proof career perspective. Firstly, you must be adaptable to change quickly. If you can develop an attitude that nothing is going to stay the same and that your organization and your job will always be in flux, that will help you cope. Be ready for whatever change may come up. Secondly, get out of your comfort zone and lead. Executives are expected to set the vision and reassure people of the path the company is on. This is not the time to go into your office and shut the door. Show decisiveness, strength, and integrity. Show that you’re combating the rumor mill.

  • Bobby says:

    Wait, I think you people have missed mentioning a very important aspect related to this topic here. Be a good sport. Following layoffs, you may be asked to take on additional work that was part of a former employee’s responsibilities.
    This may involve handling tasks that you dislike or are overqualified for. But expressing dismay could put your employment at risk should there be more layoffs.
    Displaying a positive attitude is more likely to pay off in the long run as companies remember those who helped them out through a tough time.
    Haven’t been asked to take on extra projects? Volunteer to help. You’ll demonstrate that you’re a team player committed to the company’s success.

  • Crimson says:

    To have a recession-proof career, according to me, the most demanding ability one must have is the demonstration of the leadership of qualities for becoming a leader. Get along with and motivate others. How peers or direct reports view you become increasingly important during downturns. At playoff time, the tolerance level rapidly decreases toward people who are good at doing their job but perceived as being jerks or bullies. You better take the initiative and problem solve. It’s not enough to be good at getting things done; you need to be seen as someone who is looking for ways to get them done better. Generate solutions, especially to problems that no one else wants to handle or acknowledge. Think big. Being seen as a big-picture thinker becomes more desirable during times of transition when solving challenges becomes more critical than ever.

  • Andrew says:

    Always stay positive. Within or outside of your workplace, positivity is the key to achieve excellence. Your ability to remain constructive and positive during layoffs, cutbacks, or talk of downsizing speaks volumes. Along with a positive attitude, connect the dots for people and show them how your strengths can be utilized in other departments, capacities, or fields. Avoid pigeonholing yourself. Instead of, I’m a mortgage assistant, present yourself like this: I’m a strong problem solver, great at putting deals together, good with numbers, and strong with my people skills. Make sure your managers know what a great job you are doing all the time; not just during performance reviews. When the job market gets tough, it’s the person who’s been taking the steps above that will make it, either with his or her current employer or another one. It’s like holding an insurance policy on your career. Of course, you could experience times of transition between employers, but those times will tend to be far shorter than average.

  • Nancy says:

    Good article Vivek. My experience views things in a different dimension. I think it is necessary to look for ways to help your employer overcome the specific challenges it faces most in a recession. Think about your company’s situation in the same fashion that your boss is thinking about it. You can be more useful by identifying ways to reduce costs, increase revenue or reposition a product or service. Prepare for the worst ahead of time by making sure your whole thing is up to date. If you rush to get it done following a sudden dismissal, the odds of making a typographical error or omitting important details will increase.

  • Clums says:

    Well, learning new skills is always a good option to outshine your existing career. Keep learning new skills. Don’t assume that you are bulletproof. People think that keeping their job is what it’s all about, but sometimes a layoff is unavoidable. So stay connected to colleagues and leaders in your industry, professional associations, and colleagues at other firms.
    Be positioned to ask for referrals and information regarding other opportunities or positions. Be the one who really understands what the boss needs and delivers it when and how he wants it delivered. Make sure that the results you focus on and produce are the ones your boss and company value most. Don’t think of supporting your supervisor as sucking up.
    Rather, think of it as creating and maintaining good relationships with superiors, just as you do with colleagues, which, by the way, is simply part of doing your job.

  • Nakia says:

    Ideally, you have already been implementing many of the strategies suggested here by different people to make yourself distinctive and ideally indispensable, but if not, now is the time to activate them. Your goal is two-fold. Firstly, become a go-to person for vital projects. Second, to carefully and tactfully showcase your accomplishments so management understands your value to the organization. If you have not done so already, be proactive in work assignments rather than simply doing your job. Initiate a conversation with your boss about other projects you could undertake for your department. Be the first to volunteer when the organization seeks people for new assignments, task forces, cross-functional teams, especially for situations in which the result could be an increased revenue stream or substantial cost-savings for the organization. Follow-up with your boss regularly so s/he knows your on-going accomplishments, and not just at the annual reviews, especially if you work in a different location from the boss. Keep your mentor and other higher-ups aware of your accomplishments. In other words, showcase your career capital.

  • Jackson says:

    My professional interactions say otherwise. In my opinion, at no time in your career, except when you’re ready to retire, should your resume not be current. Without question, in times of uncertainty, there is no excuse not to have an up-to-date resume. Remember, too, that there is no longer any such thing as one resume. What you really need is a current framework for your resume, which you can then modify to fit any situation or employer, you face. Your resume showcases your career capital. In bad and uncertain times, especially if there have already been a round or two of layoffs, it’s easy to become disillusioned with your employer; but now is the time to proudly show your loyalty to the firm.
    Never be heard or seen bad-mouthing the organization, and instead, be known for being a staunch supporter of top management and the direction of the organization. Being labeled a company man or woman sometimes has negative connotations among your peers, but workers who have questionable loyalty to the organization will be the first to get fired even before more incompetent but loyal workers. Loyalty matters that much, so make the effort to be both extremely competent and loyal.

  • Crystal says:

    Obviously, these are tough and uncertain economic times. And as a financial advisor, I believe that a recession is inevitable or has already begun, and the slowdown will affect every segment of our economy. During every recession people always lose their jobs; it’s the quickest way for a corporation to cut costs.
    No job is completely recession-proof, but if you follow a few guidelines you may avoid becoming a recession casualty by keeping your career on track. I would suggest that keep your professional network up-to-date.
    Call it politics, schmoozing or building alliances and stay close to those people who can help make you even more successful. Attend meetings, seminars, and conferences to make new contacts and maintain old ones.
    Make friends with the company stars. Help them attain their goals and you help yourself. Learn how to market yourself. Understand this is how a business operates in the real world.

  • Nag says:

    Wow, getting a job in this economy is incredibly easy!” said no one ever. Let’s be real. Finding a position in a competitive market is hard. The numbers speak for themselves as most of the recent college grads are unemployed or underemployed. But don’t despair; there are several strategies that if you may follow would ensure your job in a competitive market. Be alert and look at the big picture. You are a business unto yourself – be your own CEO. Constantly be watchful for key signals. Understand your business. Just because your unit or department is doing well don’t assume you are immune to being let go. Know what’s happening with the entire company. Read the business and trade publications that cover your company and industry. Check out rumors. Most are usually not true, but it’s how management responds to rumors that will give you a real indication of their veracity.

  • Jim says:

    A hallmark of successful people is that they never stop learning more about their profession/industry/career. Dispensable employees are those who still insist on doing the job as it has always traditionally been done while indispensable employees are on the cutting-edge of their profession. Find conferences that offer seminars in which you can learn new ways to perform your job or does it better. Consider additional training, certifications, and degrees. Continuing education is required in certain fields like healthcare, education, but it’s truly vital to your professional growth and success as well and not just for trying to save this job, but for yourself.
    At a minimum, read your industry trade journals and books, but do seek out greater educational opportunities as they greatly enhance your career capital.

  • Ashton says:

    Network, Network, Network. One of the fundamental rules of career development is never stop networking, and never stop growing and expanding your network of contacts. Many folks think that networking is only for when you’re actively or about to be actively job-hunting, but the truth is once you start networking, you should never stop. Remember, as you talk with people in your network, you’re not asking for a job or telling them the latest layoff rumor about your employer. The point of networking is the sharing of information. And yes, you can certainly build your brand within your network and then use your network to communicate that brand to others. Besides keeping in regular touch with your network, you should also be looking for ways to build your networks, such as by attending trade shows or conferences and mingling. You can also build your network through online social think Facebook.com and professional think LinkedIn networking sites.

  • Viera says:

    Following the recession-proof career suggestions and strategies should put you in good standing with your current employer, perhaps even getting you a promotion sooner than expected, and surely giving you a strong foundation in times of economic uncertainty. But the same guidelines will also make you a marketable brand with strong career capital on the job market when that time arrives for you to seek a new employer.
    However, several, if not all, of these strategies, require that you have a strong respect for your employer and a passion for your career. If one or both of these is not the case, you should seriously consider, when the time is right, finding either a new job or a new career. You don’t always need to love your employer, but you need to respect it. And you should always feel a passion for your career.

  • Ferguson says:

    Let’s face it. Recessions are difficult. You’ll know this best if you’re out of work and looking for a job. But even if you’re employed, you may still feel anxiety about losing your job or you may have had to take a pay cut to keep it. Some professions are hit harder than others during a recession, such as jobs in construction and finance. This is because demand decreases for their products when the economy isn’t doing well. However, for some professionals, demand stays constant in spite of a down economy, such as educators, health professionals, and law enforcement. In fact, such jobs may even appear to be “recession proof.”

  • Becky says:

    The best time to start recession-proofing your career is before an economic downturn hits. However, once a recession arrives, you can still take certain steps to protect your job and perhaps even keep your career moving forward. Regardless of the industry, you work in, there’s always more to learn, new tools, new approaches, and new ways for your career to develop. For example, the invention of the blockchain has had an enormous impact on database development, opening huge demand for developers with expertise in that type of software. Your manager will likely be happy to help you hone your existing skills and pick up new ones, and just showing your interest in skill development may well be in your favor should a round of layoffs arrive.

  • Christopher says:

    A recession proof job is one that remains in high demand even through a bad economy. Though none of the great careers are entirely recession-proof, few are more stable than most others when times are hard. People don’t stop getting sick just because the economy takes a nose-dive. While it’s true they may forego some medical care due to financial limitations, there remain plenty of problems, such as those requiring major surgery, that people will typically treat. Also, during a recession, individual and family stress factors increase, such that public health, in general, may actually suffer more. No matter how you look at it, nurses, physicians, and physical therapists remain in high demand.

  • Elina says:

    Brilliant article Vivek. Actively pursuing professional development is just one way to attract notice from your manager. You’ll also be a lot more recession proof if your boss thinks of you like the most indispensable employee in your department. To manage this feat, you’ll want to periodically bring yourself to your manager’s attention by getting your work done early and under budget, volunteering for additional tasks, proactively suggesting ways to cut costs or increase revenues, resolving problems within the department, reporting on your results to your boss, and so on. Your boss is also likely to smile upon you if they find you an easy employee to manage. That means being flexible: graciously accepting changes to your job, such as new shifts or extra responsibilities, working well with others in your department, building relationships with customers and co-workers in other parts of the company.

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