Many of the folks I've trained had to find survival work quickly, either because of probation or
parole requirements or immediate financial need, Because of this, one question every career pro
should be able to answer is, "How Can Someone Increase His or Her Odds Of Finding A Survival
Job, Quicker?" There are five concepts that can be presented to job seekers as a way to answer
We have to make our clients understand the labor market is fluid. New companies
start up every day, companies grow, people quit, they are fired, advance up the career ladder,
or retire. In other words, the labor market is in a state of perpetual flux resulting in more
job openings today than yesterday and even more tomorrow than today...but only for those who
Job seekers need to realize the hidden job market is something of a myth.
More than 149 million people are currently employed...they were able to find the "hidden job
market." The question that begs an answer is, "What Did The Employed People Do That The
Still Unemployed Job Seeker Isn't Doing?" Seems like the people who have trouble finding the
"hidden job market" don't look hard enough, long enough and won't prospect for job leads using
more creative methods.
Because of the "churn" in the labor market, job seekers should look for opportunity,
not just openings. Employers are always on the lookout for good workers. The implication
is that job seekers should try to apply at every company where their skills would be marketable,
even if there's not a job posting or recruitment ad.
Hit the temps early. Aside from more than forty percent of temps turning into
full time hires, temp work helps build a current work history, increases the number of people in a
job search network, keeps skills up to date and the income helps extend the length of time someone
can look for that "ideal" job.
Use the Department of Labor's, Chamber of Commerce's, or business and trade
occupational information to identify occupations, industries, and locations where employment
prospects might be a little better. The following types of places are usually easier to enter and
often have less stringent hiring criteria:
Dick Gaither, "The Wizard of Work" can be reached at: