The Employment Game: How Are You Preparing Your Clients?
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As resume writers, you are often the first stop for someone in the job search. But today’s employment market is so very different, how relevant is the value you provide? Are you arming your clients for battle in the short term…or for the permanently changed employment market?
With both unemployment and underemployment in double digits and with millions of jobs in the U.S. alone going begging because workers don’t have the right skills, you have the opportunity to help educate your clients to the underlying structural changes that they will meet in their work lifetimes.
Consider this: one piece of the mortgage crisis is that many home buyers were not prepared to be home owners…in a sense, the market experienced a mismatch between what’s required and how an individual prepares to move from ‘renting’ to ‘owning.’ We could say that there’s an underlying structural problem in the home ownership process, i.e. the lenders and buyers don’t have the same expectations.
The same is true in today’s employment market: while everyone wants that “permanent, secure” position (and they want it to be theirs,) few are prepared for what that means in today’s global marketplace. “Structural unemployment” may define that best: what employers need and what workers have don’t match. Career Ownershipis the preparation necessary for that elusive ‘security’ that so many want. Just like home ownership, however, the skills and mindset needed for career ownership are different from those needed for having a job, or put another way, for renting work.