Speaking with a wise old career coach a couple weeks ago, I was struck by his bracing point of view about the reality of today's job market. He said:
"It's not you. You're doing all the right things. You're not the problem. It's the market right now. There are very few openings in your field. Companies are moving very cautiously on hiring. And tons of competitors, with skills like yours, are vying for the same few spots."
So what do I do, I asked.
His answer: "There's nothing you can do. It's the market."
Not being the "do nothing" kind of guy, I received his wisdom with gratitude, but decided to continue doing a few things, especially networking.
At her blog Your Search Lights, coach and consultant Janice Lee Juvrud writes about the importance of networking:
~ "...many of us have learned an awful lot about networking. Now we know that continuous networking is essential to our professional development. I've learned networking is enriching for my professional and personal life."
I agree that networking is a good thing. It's a skill that we need when we are in transition. And who is not "in transition" these days?
The latest development in networking, thanks to the economy, is the wave of self-initiated networking groups, where people are reaching out to other people in their localities to co-create support structures in this time of need.
Janice has a note on the margin of her blog that says "Let's develop a community of transitioners gaining wisdom from each other."
I second that motion.
Posted by Terrence Seamon, October 31, 2009