Next time you’re in the grocery store, take a good look at the cashier who competing your sale. When you stop to get a bite to eat at a fast food restaurant, pay attention to the people employed by the restaurant who look like they don’t belong. Many of these people are products of corporate downsizing due to the economy, and have found themselves taking whatever job they can find to keep the money coming in. There is no surefire way to avoid this situation, no matter who you are or how safe you think your job might be. If you’re in the job market today, you need to be prepared to do whatever it takes to find a job, regardless of what that means.
You’re certainly not going to find a great job by begging for it at an interview, but you do need to understand the desperate situation that you’re in. Some people will get to a point where they aren’t sure what they CAN do besides begging for whatever job they can find. It used to be that companies wouldn’t hire people who were overqualified, but now that the market is so grim, more employers are opening up to the idea of giving the job to whoever proves they need it and can do it well. Five or ten years ago, you had your pick of jobs, and could practically get employers to beg you to work for them. Today, the tables have turned and you need to be prepared for the long road ahead if you’re on the job hunt.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a highly trained professional or have skills in only one industry. Forget what you’ve done in the past, and don’t worry about finding jobs where your training and/or education can be useful. Start simply with finding jobs. If you’ve looked all over your area and there are no jobs that you’re specifically trained or educated for, then don’t stress. Just start looking at other jobs, such as entry level positions or positions in industries that can parallel with the skills and training that you already have. You no longer have the convenience of being picky when it comes to finding a job, because the picky ones will be the ones standing in the unemployment line long after those with lower standards have been hired by a company.
You might not think that you’re desperate enough to take just any job that comes along. Let’s face it, though. If you’re looking for a job in today’s economy, you are just about that desperate whether you realize it or not. You need to take the time to understand your situation and do whatever it takes to get a job, no matter what kind of job that might be.