Lots of jobs are going begging; just keep applying until you get lucky. Become an entrepreneur – there’s funding for that. Try the Second Career program. There’s funding for that. Become a contractor and work for yourself. Start a home-based business. There’s funding (sometimes) for that.
You’re newly unemployed and trying with every atom of your being to get back into the workforce quickly. Your friends, your family, your outplacement counsellor – not to mention newspapers, job sites and career blogs – are all bursting with advice for you:
If you’re tossing in a torrent of tips, you’re probably putting the cart before the horse. In marketing terms, you’re trying to identify your customers and market your product to them–before you’ve ever defined your product!
“But I know what I do! I just want to get back to doing it (preferably at my previous job)!” “I have a dream job, but I’ll never get it.” “I always seem to wind up down the black hole.”
If your inner voices sound anything like these, we strongly recommend you do some prework before rushing off to apply for jobs, funding, retraining. or any combination of the above. You’ll save yourself a world of frustration and rejection.
It’s Not the Same River
“No-one ever steps in the same river twice,” Heraclitus said, “for it’s not the same river and it’s not the same person.” While you were working at your job, your field changed, the workplace changed, and you changed (or possibly you stopped changing). This has always been true. Continue reading