Job? Career? Hey, It’s 2010!

I read a blog with interest today pointing out a searching for jobs versus careers.

First, I respect anyone taking time to assist job seekers, job holders, and even people like myself that read as much as possible. And the article was well written.

As I travel the path of career guidance, today is so different than years ago. In the past, I’ve worked on organizational development with solid results when it came to job families, salary ranges, job descriptions and guidance for managers and associates when to look moving up the career ladder.

I’ve seen many professionals from my organizational development days that have far surpassed my expectations and I darn proud of the accomplishments.

Today statistics continue to point to “six applicants for one opportunity.” Those are not good reasons to quarrel over opportunity.

Of course, to every point there mostly is a counter-point. High end positions in Oil-Gas, some areas of Information Technology including specific languages, Data Communications, and Finance seem to be “hot” today and should stay hot.

The issue with many professionals searching for jobs today is you-have-training-in-the-wrong-field. For example, there are mainframe programmers (typically COBOL) who did not take training in more current disciplines. Or they chose not to consider management positions if given the opportunity. Although there are selective few jobs primarily in contracting (work for a professional services firm for a specific period of time, then hope to be hired at another location) the key could be several directions; Back to school for additional training, or stay in COBOL and continue to take contract positions. Or change careers.

This all leads me back to jobs versus careers:

– If you need retraining, consider “No Worker Left Behind”

– If you have time, get retraining in something where you know you can earn a solid living and not be in this situation again. Specialized computer training, nursing, study and get that CPA, get a certificate for data communications

– Find an area that you can love and has a future. View sites to find the “Hot Careers”

Whatever you decide, do not sit around and wait for something to happen. BECAUSE IT WILL NOT HAPPEN.

You must have an action to cause a reaction.

If you don’t know where to start, seek a professional to get a reality check. Find out what’s hot, and what’s not. If it’s continued job search, find the professional. If it’s a new direction speak with your spouse, trusted advisors, whomever to get that guidance. Remember, this is a critical juncture in your life.

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