Today’s positive quote relates to the title of the post: “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible!” I thought I would try to find five positive things about the current job market. Let’s face it, the job market is pretty dismal – what jobs are available require an Einstein-level understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); student loans are out of control, pay is not keeping pace with inflation, etc. Yes, there are plenty of checks in the negative column on the balance sheet.
With all the negatives having been mentioned, I venture forward to find some positives and live up to Walt Disney’s quote about finding fun in doing the impossible.
- The unemployment rate has gone down. As of last week’s job numbers over 140,000 new jobs were created and the unemployment rate went from 6.2% to 6.1%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover report from June 2014, there are 4.7 million unfilled job openings in the U.S. right now.
- Retraining opportunities are available. The main reason for the unfilled jobs in America is the skills gap. By retraining or becoming certified in a technology or manufacturing field, you could get a new position and fill in the skills gap. Resources are available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (check at your local career center for details). In the process of retraining, review some recession-proof careers.
- Reinventing yourself is possible. So there are no openings in your field but you see an opening in a job you’ve always wanted to try. Review your resume, see what skills transfer, write an exceptional career transition cover letter and apply. Other options are to start a new business, open a franchise or take your years of experience and begin a freelance career.
- Reconnecting with your network is acceptable. You may not have spoken to a contact in a few years, so now is the time to run through your LinkedIn connections and reconnect – call, send an email or make invitations for coffee. People, especially those in your network, want to help you find a position, even if they cannot offer you one directly.
- Information-age technology can work for you. Don’t just think of how the applicant tracking system rejects your resume, think of what possibilities technology offers. You can apply for a job in Australia and do the interview via Skype. You can work out of your house for a company in London. It is possible to check a company’s mission statement, at what price it is publicly traded, what the employees think of working there, and in what charities it participates, all from the comfort of your table at Starbuck’s!
So, yes, the current job market is not a happy place, but you can make it a better place for you – transfer your skills, apply for an international work-from-home job or train in a recession-proof career to fill one of the 4.7 million open positions. It is always possible to be negative but you feel a much greater sense of accomplishment when you have a positive outlook and do the impossible.