If you listen to the news and read most of the newspapers, you'll come away believing there's no hope for anyone in today's job market. Yes, layoffs are happening, but good jobs still exist for workers with the right skills and attitudes.
That's right - attitude. Improve yours accordingly to improve your job opportunities:
- It's not just about you. Sure, you have needs to meet like paying bills, but you work to meet a need of your employer. Don't forget where you paycheck comes from.
- Become proactive. Ask for more responsibility. Assume a high profile on your job. Get noticed by getting real about what you can do for others.
- Be flexible. Bounce back quickly if you do get caught in a layoff. Your job is NOT who you are - it is NOT your identity in this world. It's only a job - and you CAN replace it.
So where are the jobs? According to CNN, Fortune has announced 20 employers that are looking to fill at least 350 jobs each. And if you want to retrain yourself or advise your college-aged son or daughter, the need for registered nurses is growing. Do your research to unearth all possibilities. Work with a career coach to determine what's best for you.
Finally, don't get me wrong. Your work IS important. I firmly believe that everyone has the right to work his/her passion. You spend way too many hours each day doing your job to do one that doesn't make you happy. But make your job your CHOICE, not a knee-jerk reaction to fear.