Eventually the downturn will pass, and when it does, you can position yourself to have a stronger position in your career than you did when the markets were at their highs and unemployment was at its lows.
Reset, Retrain, Relocate
Positioning yourself to be nimble in a volatile economy and job market starts with re-evaluating your expectations. If you are one of the millions who have already been laid off and are having trouble finding a new job, it may be time to set the bar a little lower. At the town hall, we profiled a man who had a comfortable executive career until it became a casualty of the grim economy. Instead of spending months wallowing in unemployment, he took a job as a janitor at a friend's store to keep food on the table for his family. It’s an extreme example, but many people are facing similar dire situations.
If you find yourself forced to take a job at a lower salary where you may have to do remedial work to make ends meet, don’t be ashamed, Hirschhorn said. Remind yourself that it is only temporary.
Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor put it best: It doesn’t say what your job is on your paycheck. The money you take home is just as green as the money from your old job.
On an emotional level, a temporary “reset” or “survivor” job can take a toll. You can temper that by working on your off hours on finding a job in your field, sharpening your skills or volunteering within your field.
Jim Citrin, executive recruiter at headhunting firm Spencer Stuart, refers to this as putting an umbrella over your activities. By taking several proactive steps at once, you will be moving forward even if the economic tide is going against you, and the pressure to find a new full-time job that you love will be less when you know you already have a paycheck coming.
You may also find that your opportunities skyrocket if you open your job search to more places around the country. Maybe you will need to take a longer commute or even move your family to get a new job. But by broadening your horizons, you are staying on the offense and, again, it does not have to be a permanent change.