Nothing is certain in life. Some college degrees might guarantee you have a more difficult time moving into new career paths. Or worse, are you doomed from ever getting into the career you really wanted in the first place?
Big companies admit (in a disturbingly gloating fashion) that they barely glance at your perfect resume’ and your competition is fiercely proactive. You read endless articles about CVs, Cover letters, Keywords, and yet your phone doesn’t suddenly ring.
You are not alone. Statistically speaking you are the normal everyday American citizen who up until 1998 probably had a pretty good thing going. Or you are a wide eyed millenial who hasn’t run into this crushing reality yet. It happens after you get 10-20 years of experience under your belt and then try to change directions.
Is the job market that bad or is it just local?
The unemployment rates probably make it seem like you just live in a depressed area or perhaps your skills aren’t as in demand as they once were. Around here there are college grads with masters degrees working at supermarkets.
I mean as baggers.
The market isn’t simply that bad, it’s 100% worse than people imagine depending on their skill set.
So what does one do who wants to really change gears?
You have 2 options:
- Aim for a career that your experience sounds compatible with.
- Start a business.
To aim for a related field you have to get outside of the typical job seeking mindset. You need to think of your skillset as a solution for a company that is facing a problem whether they realize it or not.
Maybe your sales experience is the solution to their expansion dilemna? Or maybe your office experience is a new set of skills to help them get more organized and productive. In either case you have to make that pitch.
If you were focused on your main skillset you may want to lean on your associated skills to seal the deal with big companies. For example if you were geared towards a career in marketing but have outside sales skills it doesn’t take much imagination to offer a proposal that could include gathering sales data, distribution of materials, suggesting services, and so on.
If you were creating a product out of your skillset, to sell this company what would it be?
Of course that brings us to more of the entrepreneural mindset. And starting a business is just as simple if you have a decent product in mind.
You can find existing products to represent, or have something created, or do it yourself and then the real obstacles are simply money, time, finding customers or clients. The same tolerances for difficulty are required on either path.
You might go back through every company you ever applied to and see if there are products that they could benefit from and offer such a service as to be thankful you never got that job.
The person who pressure washes the parking lot outside of the nearby fast food restaurants makes more money than the managers of any of them.
He works 3 days a week. I can’t be absolutely sure but I suspect he studied economics.
It isn’t too late to offer me a vote for the shorty awards.