Job-hunting, hammers "What Color Is Your Parachute - 2018," is the survival skill you have to have down cold.
Work, not cryptocurrency (and maybe not even #MeToo), is THE story of 2018.
No surprise, "What Color Is Your Parachute" ranks 582 on Amazon. That's even though that career guide has been around since the 1970s.
Specifically, "What Color Is Your Parachute" states:
" ... the one thing in our life that we must get really skilled at, and become masters of is the new job-hunt, new at least since things have changed after the 2008 Great Recession."
No, you are not just imagining that there are fewer full-time traditional jobs. And that they don't last long. All that is documented reality.
Incidentally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that 32% of those traditional jobs ended before a year was up. And 69% never made it to the 5th anniversary.
In addition, it's a dog fight to land contract assignments, at least the ones which pay well.
And, the language of work has imploded.
The term "experience" used to denote something positive. The more the better.
Now, specifying years of experience beyond what cost-conscious employers are willing to pay for can knock a professional out of both the full-time and contract box.
So, you bet, woe to the over-50 with tons of experience. That reality about just one aspect of work life - experience - means aging workers have to re-think how to re-position and re-package themselves.
That requires a 180-degree shift in mindset, in what kinds of work to pursue, and in the strategies and tactics to be leveraged.
In the past few years I have restricted my coaching to the over-50. Therefore, I am not up-to-date about the inner turmoil of Millennials and the youngest of GenXers.
What I know is this: The over-50 face the double whammy. There are both a radically changed market for labor and severe age bias. Regarding the latter, here is my article published on O'Dwyer.
Some of the over-50 got it from the get-go that the landscape had not only shifted but was continuing to shift. Also, they picked up on ageism. They are among those still making a good living. They are, for example, the partners who weren't forced out of the law firm.
More, though, remained stuck in pre-2008. Boy, they got bashed. Usually they wound up not only unemployed and underemployed. They also became hounded by The Four Monsters of the Mind. Those four demons are:
- Overthinking (which means they miss the big picture)
- Loss of confidence (which means they present themselves poorly)
- Self-criticism (which impedes learning from mistakes and moving on)
- Being risk-averse (which entails backing away from trying out new lines of work or making ends meet thought multiple sources of income).
Here, free to download, is my recent book on that syndrome.
Of course, "What Color Is Your Parachute" does present guidance on how to earn a middle-class living on your own terms. For instance, you don't chase whatever. Instead, you do a self-inventory to find out who you really are and what kinds of work you want to do. Only then do you engage in the job-hunt.
What do you have to do? You have to purge from your memory bank how things used to be. They aren't that way any more. And the odds are that particular kind of Golden Age of Work will not return, not in your lifetime.
Contact Jane Genova firstname.lastname@example.org.