Many people talk about “information overload” and “decision fatigue” when it comes to how to conduct your job search, or write your resume, or develop your LinkedIn Profile…or answer those challenging interview questions.
THE Careerpilot believes there’s another side to the coin… Receiving options is actually motivational and liberating, with the right mindset. Asking for someone else’s advice isn’t about getting the right answer out of them. Rather, it’s about adding perspective to your view so you can choose the right answer for you.
THIS Week’s session, Thursday, January 25th… Embracing The OTHER Job Market: a discussion of basic philosophies and Waypoints
So, how can you ensure another ‘second opinion’ doesn’t cloud your judgement?
First and foremost, understand that your ‘core personality,’ defined by your unique strengths, skills, interests, preferences, and values (Step#1: ASSESSMENT), drives your “gut feel” on matters of choice.
The TRADITIONAL Job Market
You know, the one that the Department of Labor attempts to measure and regularly regurgitates ‘job statistics’ from… the one that The Internet has turned in to a ‘black hole’ of application response… the one that allows a computer to judge you worthy of consideration before ever being considered by a human being. Why on earth would a job seeker trust THAT?
The OTHER Job Market
You know, the one that prefers to know you before having to face the dysfunctional HR screening process,… or better yet, the one that prefers endorsement of you from a trusted colleague… the one that values proactive relationship building as a way of solving the many dysfunctions of more traditional approaches to finding the right new hire.
|The ‘Traditional’ JOB Market||The OTHER Job Market|
|Characterized by “requisitioned” jobs being filled by chosen job seekers.||Characterized by available/needed work being fulfilled by job seekers, contractors, internal candidates, third-party consultants, retirees, part-timers, temporary workers, etc.|
|JOBS rigidly defined by requirements and qualifications… reflected by the screening process aimed at identifying key candidates.||Work expectations are subjective, defined by mutual agreement, fulfillment of need or contract… reflected through the identification of qualified candidates.|
|Process overseen by Human Resource professionals, regulated to consider minimally qualified candidates, hopefully within salary guidelines.||Process directed by hiring authorities seeking best available talent at marketplace salary expectations.|
|JOB Seeking PUBLIC is screened for most desirable candidates.||Qualified and available candidates are sourced and recruited, often through process of endorsement or internal referral.|
|Screening defined by KEYWORDS, often accomplished through computer/internet job banks and resume databases.||Screening accomplished by word of mouth and endorsement, often supplementing the organization’s formal process of recruitment.|
|Recruitment process subject to scrutiny of regulation and political correctness.||Often selection process has occurred before active recruitment has been fully engaged.|
|Actual selection still subject to formal process and subjective choice.||Actual selection often a rubber stamp formality to satisfy regulation requirements.|
Everyone wants a voice in strategic decisions and to be included in ‘the conversation.’ To truly be included, you need to be invited. And you will only be invited if you are seen as absolutely essential to the TEAM. Remember, team player and team leader CAN BE interchangeable terms.
In the OTHER Job Market, buyers and sellers hold equal responsibility for the recruitment process. When employers have a need for someone to fulfill a specific role, often the most desired candidates are employed individuals with the credentials they seek. Thus the employer must sell their Company to potential employees in the marketplace in order to attract the best of the lot. Once identified, they simply select their choice and buy their services. You can…