A job applicant, complaining about the shortcomings of the recruitment process, blurted out: “It is just not fair!” If you want fair, his job coach said, “Come to Dallas in October. We call it the State Fair.”
In many market segments today, finding an executive job can be one tough challenge.
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I know that may be surprising given all the Washington crowing about our record-breaking, robust economy, but the truth is that in many industries, including healthcare, retail, media and some manufacturing segments, there are fewer jobs today than there were five years ago owing to changes in traditional business models.
In many cases we are enjoying lower costs while having access to more product choices and the convenience of same or next day delivery. But this means fewer leadership and management positions in retail.
Communications and publishing enterprises have seen disruptions in their traditional revenue streams and that has resulted in fewer jobs.
In healthcare, we all want to see lower costs and more transparency and convenience, but here, too, there is a downside; healthcare organizations are contracting and consolidating through mergers, pushing executives and managers into a crowded job market. Most are grossly unprepared in terms of their job search skills and the emotional energy it takes to find new position.
If you are in the job market, you have three options: go it alone, hire a career transition advisor to help you navigate the process, or outsource your search to a firm that specializes in job candidate promotion.
Let me explain the cost reality of finding a new job. Let’s begin with the time and commitment to doing the basic heavy lifting:
These eight points lead to one immutable truth: finding a job, especially in a competitive job market, is hard, time-consuming and often times frustrating work. If you hire someone to do it for you, — outsourcing — it is very expensive, from $20,000 to more than $50,000 based on information supplied executives who have used this type of service.
For executives who have had assistants or other direct reports to do those tasks that did not like to do, this truth can be a shocking experience.
Here is my career tip for today: find a career transition coach who understands the current market, an experienced advisor who will teach you the dos and don’ts and who excels in helping job candidates master the interview process.
This is a much cheaper alternative. Trust me.
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