Monthly Archives: July 2011

Working for Six Months

As a career counselor, career guidance professional, and HR professional who has hired or placed 1,300+ professionals, I continue to see “trends.”

First, don’t be discouraged about being out of work. As mentioned, if there is 15% or 9% unemployment, that means there is 85% or 91% employment.

As a staffing professional in technology and constantly in the technical marketplace, I want to make a few suggestions to assist people in the “six months and not employed.”

First and foremost, nothing stands out more on a resume showing professionals that were downsized and have not found a new position.

For example,

ABC Bank, Any-town, OH Jun 2000 – July 2011

Lead Developer

Okay, you list your strengths and what you can do for a potential client (remember to view web-sites and career sections to see “what-company-is-looking-to-hire”) and if you match the job, educational, and other requirements, and you get the correct contact name in Human Resources, or you find a contact within the company to hand-deliver your resume and cover note, then you are ready to send a resume to the company.

Working At Home

Nowadays, working from home is a possibility due to the exponential rise of the Internet. There’s no shortage of good business opportunities out there, however, there is a lot of work that goes into making money online.

Some people want to work from home. There is no other option for the mom of a newborn than to spend time with her kid. The liberty of working from home is thus very important to her because she can work as well as take care of her kid at the same time. For other people, it is a matter of convenience as they prefer to work on their time, without being accountable to a boss.

If there were any geographical boundaries, let me assure you that they don’t exist today. You can set your own hours, work for any company that you want, and can work from anywhere. Countries, regions, etc aren’t limiting you. You have a lot of freedom, of course, but at the same time since you’re working for someone, you have to be very responsible and accountable to your work. There is no doubt that there are problems down the road however, they are nothing to fret over.