Quick and Quintessential Tips to Guide Your Job Search and Work Life
Job-hunting tips from the July 19, 2010, issue of QuintZine.
In a recent interview, feminist attorney Gloria Allred talked about those who remark on how far women have come, marveling at women’s great progress. “As a progressive person,” Allred says, “I don’t look to see where we’ve come from. I look to where we should be. And so no, I don’t think we’ve come far enough, because I’m judging by the gold standard, and that is equality. And we should be at the level of equality political, economically, legally, emotionally, socially. We’re not there. And so we still have a long, long way to go. And we need more activism.
“Legally, politically, in the streets, everywhere, to make this happen,” Allred continues. “… No one ever gave us our rights, including the right to vote. We had to fight to win it.”
- Focusing on advertised positions. At least 80 percent of the employment opportunities are never advertised. Learn how to do basic research and sniff these out.
- Too much emphasis on jobs. If the only option you give employers is to offer you a job, you’re making it hard for them to hire you. This is especially true for small businesses, where most of the action is. Willingness to accept part-time, temporary, or contract work — without reservations — is essential.
- Ignorance about marketing. We’re a society that knows how to apply for a job. The challenge for employment seekers today is to become proficient at finding work. Anyone lacking this skill will be unemployed for a long time.
- Too much focus on resumes. Employment-seekers must learn how to create a variety of tools that are marketing oriented and focused on the needs of the employer.
- Living in the past. We keep waiting for the Great Recession to be over and lots of jobs to come back. It’s not going to happen. For a growing number of workers the era of the traditional job and all the stability that came with it is over. In trend-setting California, only about 30 percent of the workforce have traditional jobs. That’s where we’re all headed.
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