Choosing industry over a certain type of job
If your career is important to you – you won’t fence yourself in by rigidly sticking to industries (advertising, marketing, finance, etc.).
Pay attention to the the type of job (and the skills it demands) and worry less about what industry it is in.
You show more flexibility and value when you can maintain relevance – no matter what the professional discipline.
A good example is someone who takes their skills and can apply them equally across the board – Desiree Rogers.
The woman went from the Illinois Lottery to the gas company and then to insurance – now she plans the social and events calendar for the First Lady.
Food for thought: Specialize in skills – not industry
Use the online job hunt against itself
Online job seeking is like a bad joke. Monster and Careerbuilder aim to have you mindlessly apply to the glut of “open” positions with seductive lures that employers will actually get your resume. All you have to do is wait for a phone call.
Use your network to get your resume in the hands of people who are hiring at these places. Online job hunting at best is a referencing tool. You’d be more productive hunting down companies that are not “actively” recruiting (read: the hidden job market).
Pitchfork Mob Mantra: Monster must DIE! Monster must DIE! note: flaming torch optional
You’re not doing a non-job thing – like temping… or working for free
It may not be ideal, but temping can lead to larger opportunities – like (temporarily) keeping you financially afloat. Or, if you have time (and you do have time) – create projects that will develop a shift in your resume.
For instance, I’ve become the project lead for a new exhibit focusing on the drug addiction and treatment of women and children in Afghanistan (side note: I’ve never done anything like this before).
I will have to dust off my rusty research skills, find funding and develop advocacy connections. But, I’ll be creating a project from start to finish. And, I’ll be doing something I’ve always wanted to do: using artistic methods to raise political awareness and ignite action
New motto: Your resume is not just a piece of paper
You don’t need to be in an office to get work done (and be paid for it). Places like Elance provide opportunities for would-be workers to hone (and maintain) their skills in cyberspace. Jobs range from web and graphic design to freelance writing.
Anything goes – you can be a ghost blogger or virtual assistant.
Nudge: Cyberspace is your friend…really