When the media is throwing around terms like “jobless recovery,” it’s a little easier to understand how a drop in the unemployment rate can actually be bad news. At least that’s how Chris Tidball, career coach and author of Kicked to the Curb (www.christidball.com), sees it.
According to Tidball, Last May, the Department of Labor Statistics touted the creation of 431,000 new jobs, but behind that nice six-figure number is the fact that about 95 percent of those new jobs were temporary government jobs related to the U.S. Census. He continues, “In this instance, the lower unemployment figure is worse news than a higher one, because an increase in government jobs can actually contribute to a higher long-term unemployment rate. The full report by the Labor Department still paints a bleak outlook for jobs, which is why people need to be extra competitive in the job market.” Instead of scaring people Tidball wants to be honest and motivate people. He has developed 20 rules that are designed to help people get back to work.
He says the key thing is to look at getting a job a little differently. Instead of just looking for work, look at your household as a business, and look for revenue opportunities. They may exist in odd jobs, freelance work, starting a new business, getting a part time job to begin with — or any combination of those things. Worry less about jobs, and think more about revenue.
Some of his rules are:
- Have a Plan — We’re all guilty of not planning, of not saving for that rainy day, and it may seem too late after you find yourself without a job. Not so. Look at your savings, your retirement accounts and all your resources. Examine the job opportunities available, from the least attractive to the most attractive. Develop your tactics for outreach, and stick to the plan.
- Forget Fear — Fear can motivate, but it can also paralyze. Certainly, it can derail a job interview faster than showing up late. Fear can prevent you from executing your plan, and it can prejudice people against you as a job candidate. It forces bad judgments. Remember, things WILL get better.
- Don’t Let Up — Perseverance is one of the keys to success. You will knock on a lot of doors, and you may bloody up your knuckles, but you better your odds with every new door that you knock on.
About the author: Chris Tidball is a career coach, business consultant and motivational speaker. He is a former executive of a Fortune 500 company who reinvented himself in his post-corporate life. The author of Kicked to the Curb (www.christidball.com), he provides businesses with new and innovative ways to improve their bottom line.