Wacky Job MarketPosted: August 14, 2021
I have to say that this may be the strangest job market I’ve ever seen. We are coming out of the pandemic (hopefully) and businesses are doing well. Unemployment is almost gone, yet through pandemic over 4,000,000 people left the job market and now we have critical labor shortages. In my area many restaurants are offering only take-out service because they are unable to find enough wait-staff to open for in-dining services. Then, there are still people standing on street corners asking for help because they can’t find a job – right in front of signs that say “We’re Hiring”. It is all very wacky.
Right now, if you want a job, you can get a job. It might be working in a warehouse, in the hospitality industry, or in retail, but you can work. Now, if you want to find your dream job, well, that might be a little more difficult.
The message I try to share with this blog, and book, is that if you want a vibrant career where you work for a company you love, doing things you like to do, the best way to find that job is through networking. Meeting people, telling them about you, asking them to introduce you to others, and repeating that process, over, and over, and over. When you do that, you’ll eventually meet the hiring manager who has been looking for someone exactly like you.
Yes, that takes work and time. Yes, it can be uncomfortable for many people. Yes, you will have to face rejection on a regular basis. But it works. And I believe that it is the only thing that works on a consistent basis for virtually everyone who does it (and I mean really does it.)
In this labor market you can find a job tomorrow, and if you need one badly then you should do that. But if you really want to find the right job for you, you need to network. It is as simple as that. If you are struggling, this might help. https://im-fired.com/about-the-book/