Glutton for Punishment
Challenge has always been a part my life. And one of the most challenging times in anyone’s life is during a job change. We don’t seem to welcome change like we should. But without out a doubt, the only constant is change, so soon or later, we need to make friends with it. Finding a job can become your friend.
Funny thing … the events in our lives that carry the greatest value are usually those that have presented the greatest challenges. Why is that? I have a few theories. For beginners, challenges present us with an opportunity to discover what we’re made of. The catch is that while we may be impressed with what hides within us, we could be sorely disappointed as well. But one way or the other, knowing is better than not knowing. One of my mentors in my early adult life said that “Loving someone who loves you is easy. Loving those that hate you will prove your character.” That’s the way I look at challenges, small ones are pretty darned easy to deal with, it’s the tough ones that prove if you’re a “man or a mouse”. Forgive me ladies … you could just as easily read that “woman or a mouse”.
While it’s true that I have been in the employment and staffing industry for twenty-five years, (I started when I was ten), even that amount of experience doesn’t give you all the answers. I’ve weathered three recessions. In fact, I began my career as a recruiter in the one and was too green to realize what that was, much less what it meant. I started my own company in the second one. Now, just above the bounce in this one, I am beginning a new phase of my career. Do you see a pattern here? I must be a glutton for punishment. Or perhaps I stumbled into the …
Best Timing You Could Ask For
Say what? You heard me! Each move was at the best possible timing. Tell me what you’ve always heard about investing in the stock market? Come on, speak up! Don’t? NO! Guess again. Right, buy low, sell high. Your optimum entry point is to buy a stock just after it bounces off its bottom and shows the beginning of an upward trend. Sound familiar? If a stock is bought just before it reaches its peak, there may be a little profit to be gained, but then it reverses direction.
Now that isn’t a very difficult decision.
So how does this compare to the present job market? Let’s consider that for a moment. What would you prefer to put on your resume? Led ABC Company to record profits … or … assisted XYZ Company in closing 66% of its locations nationwide?
Top Companies Started in a Recession
- General Electric: 1890
- IBM: 1896
- General Motors: 1908
- Disney: 1923
- Burger King: 1953
- Microsoft: 1975
- CNN: 1980
- Apple: 2001
These companies were start-ups once upon a time. Humble beginnings with challenges. Begin looking for the up-and-comers. Find out who your boss would be in that organization, give them a call and strike up a conversation. That could lead to a job interview. Keep in mind that there aren’t many household names on the list of the 100 Fastest-Growing Companies. Check them out on CNN Money. (Hint: The site has the names of the CEOs, their locations and the industries listed.)
Look What Small Business Has to Offer
Jobs … yes, jobs. Back in October 2010 the SBA revised the definition of Small Business making 17,000 more of them eligible for SBA loans and other programs. Funding translates into growth. Growth translates into jobs. Check out the article by Courtney Rubin at Inc.com.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses:
• Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
• Employ half of all private sector employees.
• Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll.
• Generated 65 percent of net new jobs over the past 17 years.
• Create more than half of the nonfarm private GDP.
• Hire 43 percent of high-tech workers ( scientists, engineers, computer programmers, and others).
• Are 52 percent home-based and 2 percent franchises.
• Made up 97.5 percent of all identified exporters and produced 31 percent of export value in FY 2008.
• Produce 13 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Census Bureau and Intl.
Trade Admin.; Advocacy-funded research by Kathryn Kobe, 2007 (www.sba.gov/advo/research/rs299.pdf)
and CHI Research, 2003 (www.sba.gov/advo/research/rs225.pdf);U.S.
Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Ride the Wave
Admittedly, swimming out to catch a wave can be a challenge. Good surfers know how to pick a wave. Good job seekers know how to pick a company that will give you a good ride. What a thrill when you catch the right wave!