Are You Ready for the New World of Work?
Regardless of your age, many workers will go through unemployment again in their lifetime. Now is the time to learn lifelong skills on how to sell yourself and your value; and how to transfer your current skills into new opportunities and pursuits.
We are now experiencing the start of a new world of work, again! Back in the 90’s, changes started occurring much more rapidly than they had in the previous decades. Now, it’s moving forward again. Are you ready?
Baby boomers, early in their careers, were willing to take risks, take a stand for what is right, and move heaven and earth to make it happen. Then, they became older, and other priorities took over, e.g., kids, mortgages, retirement and caring for their parents.
Then, the next generation of movers and shakers evolved (aka Generations X and Y) and their views of success are different. They are not willing to settle for the old standards employers have used for too long to determine career paths, recognition and paychecks. They look at risk taking as something they will do as long as there is a clear payback.
The common denominator between all the generations: most have not had to work to find their next job!
What is the major hindrance in finding the next job? Attitudes! Self talk and how we communicate with others limit the types of work and job challenges we are offered, and the corresponding paychecks.
Regardless of your generation, there are three basic types of job seekers:
1) Do nothing and wait out the economy. They are waiting for employers to call them. (Hint: It’s not going to happen.) Your waiting will impact you professionally, and your family financially. Many times your health and well-being can suffer, too. Let go of the illusion that someone will serendipitously recognize your value by simply reading your resume and offer you your dream job.
2) Yeah, but’s. They make luke-warm attempts at finding a job, and rely heavily upon resume blasts or support groups to talk about finding a job. While support groups can be great in helping people, unless they are results-focused they will unconsciously reinforce the “I won’t do it” mentality that often limits job seekers (e.g., won’t relocate, won’t work in a different industry or profession, will stay unemployed so children can keep their current friends, will keep relying solely on blasting out resumes, etc.)
3) I’m the one! They have an attitude that says, “I’m career directed, job fit ready and open to transition out of my old career path when it is no longer working.” They realize the only limiting factor is how they view themselves, and they create positive self talk.
These job seekers are open to effectively exploring, investigating and educating themselves so that they can communicate their value to their next boss! They do not rely upon past job titles and job responsibilities – they have taken the time to clarify who they are, their inherent strengths and weaknesses and how to communicate these traits effectively. They are ready for the new world of work.
They effectively use their network to market themselves using voice-to-voice conversations to elicit the best of others’ ideas and opinions, which goes beyond tweeting, and posting requests on their Facebook, MySpace or LinkedIn pages.
As a result, they are the first to learn about the myriad of new opportunities being created throughout the world due to new businesses, industries, inventions, and professions; and unadvertised job openings (an estimated 90% of all openings!).
Their focus is to find a job that matches their goals and provides job fit–now and in the future. So they prepare great questions to ensure clarity about the company’s direction, and how the company envisions their path for success. They are comfortable saying, “No, thanks.” to job offers, when they are clear it won’t work.
Are you ready for the new world of work?
About the author: Jeannette Seibly is a nationally recognized coach, who has helped 1000’s of people achieve unprecedented results. She has created three millionaires. You can contact her: JLSeibly@gmail.com OR http://SeibCo.com
(C)Jeannette L. Seibly, 2009