Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Kevin Kermes from Build the Career You Deserve

Finding the “Open Door” in the Job Market

In an article earlier this year, we talked about turning rejection into opportunity. Given the current economic climate - unemployment numbers at just over 9.4% and 13.7 million Americans looking for jobs – I thought discussing how the current job market looks opportunity-wise might be timely. My answer is likely going to surprise you. I see a lot of opportunity out there.

The reality is that there are a lot of examples of failure out there right now. The ability to shine when the economy is rolling – to be the king or queen of “low hanging fruit” – is rather easy. But challenging times require a different skill set - more leadership, more resourcefulness and more creativity – to shine. As I work with clients, these are some of the areas we focus on to develop opportunities:

· Leadership, Leadership, Leadership - Poor leadership is what got us into many of these messes and strong leadership is what is needed to correct the course. In the Infantry we used to say, “There are no bad soldiers, only bad leaders.”

· It's All About ROI - If you have a track record of success and can quantify and qualify those accomplishments (saving money, making money, creating efficiencies), wayward companies who realize they are in bad shape will invest in your expertise and ability to deliver results.

· Highlighting Efficiency - Along those same lines, experience with companies where you had to do more with less is key right now. Every company is aiming to be as efficient as possible. You can highlight your success here with a small company and leverage it into a larger one where they need creative thinking.

· Consulting as Another Prong to Your Approach. Many companies need change agents for the interim while they transition. This can be a very lucrative and rewarding avenue if you are unemployed and a senior executive. Keep your options open here.

No doubt, the economy has presented some unique challenges. But, in keeping with economics, the terms of supply and demand come to mind. And, for those with the skill sets outlined above, the demand is high but the supply (or your competition) is low. I am fond of the saying, “When one door closes, another one opens.” I think that is very fitting here.

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This past Wednesday, I spent a little over 30 minutes talking about these points plus a few more. Most important, I shared some free tips and remedies on how you can have a system that works for you. If you weren’t one of the 1000 participants on the webinar, you can listen here to the “5 Secrets to the Perfect Job Search.”

Kevin is the Founder of Build the Career You Deserve, a company devoted to empowering professionals with the vital tools and information necessary to find the job they want and build the successful career they deserve.

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