Job Search

In Uncategorized on March 16, 2009 at 3:55 pm

This is a message from Ken Lazar with the Scioto Ridge Networking Group.

“When I talk to you members at our chapter meetings, the conversation always ends up with some comment on how bad the news is.  It seems as though the TV and newspapers are all reporting the same blah..blah..blah.  Here is a great article that is a must need.  It puts it all into the proper perspective.

“To Find a Job, Ignore Doom-and-Gloom News, Experts Say” by John D. Sutter, CNN


If you’re unemployed, you know it’s a rough time to be on the job hunt.  There’s a huge pool of unemployed workers out there, and the unemployment rate continues to climb.  But if you want work, you need to block out the doom-and-gloom news about the economy, particularly this Friday’s federal jobs report, said John A. Challenger, Chief Executive Officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a prestigious job-placement and consulting organization.


“Don’t listen to it,” he said. “It’s not relevant to any one person’s search.”  His advice: Go look for a job, any job — now.  “You have to get a fast start, and you have to stay at it in this kind of market, because there are more people searching for fewer jobs,” he said. “So you cannot let up.”


To get the jobs, applicants should be flexible, Challenger said.  “Be open to changing industries. Be open to moving for a job if you find one. Be open to a part-time job as an audition,” he said. These days, about 40 to 50 percent of successful job applicants have changed industries to get work, he said.


In such a competitive environment, Challenger said, it’s important for each job seeker to make his or her search unique.  “Always focus on your core skills. You are really defined by your function, not your industry,” he said.  It also may help to use a bit of common sense, he said.   Look to industries that you think everyone would need, even when their budgets have shrunk.

“There are some places that are OK in this economy: health care, education, government … core consumer products,” he said. “We’re going to all continue to go buy our Grape-Nuts and our coffee.”

I’m going to get a cup of coffee.  See you all this week.



Ken Lazar   


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