Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the April 1, 2002 issue of QuintZine.
In this period of downsizing and recession, it may behoove workers to be flexible and willing to be reassigned, reported Stephanie Armour recently in USA Today. Lack of flexibility may mean getting laid off. “Employees are being thrust into new jobs as companies reassign workers rather than lay them off,” Armour writes. “The changes can be dramatic. Airline ticket takers are taking security positions, factory workers are handling desk jobs, and marketing employees are doing customer service work.”
Willingness to undergo cross training and learn new skills can be key to job retention. “The tactic is being used as employers respond to fluctuating market demands by shuffling staffers around. They’re also seeking to retain skilled employees rather than recruiting again when the economy rebounds,” Armour reports.
- Hold back on your brilliance. Don’t describe stellar accomplishments that go beyond the scope of the job you’re interviewing for.
- Launch a pre-emptive strike. Be the first one in the interview to bring up the overqualification issue. Assure the interviewer that you want to work for the company and won’t be in a big hurry to move on.
- Ease up on salary demands. Realize that you probably won’t earn the same salary as in your last job and prepare to be flexible.
“After a decade in which ‘the workplace’ has almost exclusively meant the office, the skilled trades have quietly enjoyed a renaissance — attracting renewed public appreciation for their craftsmanship and quality, as well as a new generation of workers eager for the hands-on satisfaction of creating work that is meant to last generations.
“The skilled trades actually began to make a comeback in the 1970s with the growth of the historic-preservation movement, the Monitor reports. But the trend accelerated in recent years, as consumer and commercial tastes have continued to swing back toward more historical and traditional building styles.
“Today, craftsmen (and women) can be found making everything from dry stone walls, to architectural ironwork, to ornate terra-cotta figurines and cornices.”
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