Good morning San Francisco. The jobs news is still about the same. Hiring is up and down, and you better have a good education or skill to build a good career.
Have you heard that some companies only want to hire people who are currently employed? This is the rumor: Only the employed need apply. This is nothing new, of course, just more evidence that history repeats itself.
Although the government over there in D.C. is showing its inability to govern our great nation, a few notable companies continue to do well. Wells Fargo, Chevron, and a few others have record profits. Great! By the way, Wells Fargo is going to lay off thousands to reduce their cost by around a billion dollars. They anticipate a rocky few quarters and want to keep revenues and profits strong. Cisco also wants to reduce cost by around a billion dollars. They already announced their plans to eliminate more than 6,000 jobs.
You see, no matter what the government is doing, big business will hire only when it makes business sense to do so. Just because a company is reeling in buckets full of money does not mean that you can automatically think that this is a reason to hire a boat load of new employees. Business life does not work this way. Wishful thinking does not make for a sound business plan.
First, a company has to have a rock solid plan for investing the money in some new opportunity that makes sense. Then that company needs the right kind of people with the right kind of education and experience who are fully capable of making the strategies profitable. This is a tall order. There is now more money out there than there are good people who can leverage it successfully. Amazingly, big government and the media seem unable to realize this. A few tax plans and economic incentives may seem attractive, but business success actually requires something more than this.
Of course everyone by now knows about the comfortable financial situation over there at Apple Computers, right? They have more money on hand than the U.S. Treasury. Perhaps they can lend some of their many billions to Uncle Sam. Of course, they will. How long can you hold your breath?
Today’s suggestion in your career design: Learn well that your employment opportunity is related to a perceived business need of an employer. Put on your business cap and learn more about what it takes to be an authentic contributor who indeed fulfills one or several perceived business needs of an employer.
Become one of those types of people who inspire employers to invest their money in you to assist them in executing their business strategies and plans, even if the job you are seeking is at an entry level. After all, this is where everything begins for you. You need to remember that your position financially impacts the organization. Your contribution must make financial sense. You have to see eye-to-eye with the prospective employer about the stuff that really matters in the workplace. Only in this way will you have an opportunity to demonstrate what you can do for him or her.
When someone asks you why you want to work at a specific company, you need a good answer that makes sense to the person asking the question. You should frame your answer in language that makes a strong business argument to the interviewer. The challenge for you here is to learn enough about the demands of the position and the organization in which it is located to be able to give an intelligence response. To do this, you have to ask the right questions. You have to take the initiative in interviewing the interviewer, adequately with skill.
This requires a well developed social skill. You will have a better chance of building a solid career to the point that you master the art of interviewing the interviewer. Review some of the points made in a few of my previous columns about becoming an effective person. For more guidance on building your career, you can get assistance at www.smilc.info.
Do you really understand why someone would want to hire you? Think about it. More than this, do you understand why someone would want to keep you around after they have hired you? The ability to work well is a critical skill in managing the development of your professional life. Do you really know what it takes to work well in any organization, anywhere in the world? If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected]
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Copyright (c) Raymond L. Newkirk, Psy.D., Ph.D., Ph.D., Ph.D. July 31, 2011