I'm extremely lucky in this economy. The field of education is a very recession-resistant profession. I didn't say recession-proof profession, just resistant. We get the same impact as everyone else, it's just a little delayed. My contract was renewed just before everything began deteriorating and I have at least 4 years of employment ahead of me. The possible cuts due to the economy (when they come) will happen to those with less tenure than I have or whose contracts will expire before mine. Even those individuals will be gainfully employed until mid-summer before economy related cuts will be felt, so those who suspect a major change in their employment status have time to take action to mitigate the negative effects or transition to a new location or profession.
Despite my relative employment security, I find it prudent to take steps to prepare for the worst-case scenario while I still have time. Heeding sage advice, I'm going to dig my well before I'm thirsty, and prepare for a job search in case the recession lasts longer than my contract. Over the next few weeks, I'll be preparing some resources that will assist me in promoting myself to future employers and make myself stand out from the crowd when a hiring decision is reached.
It occurred to me that there are those out there who might not have the time that I have, but need to do something now to increase the odds of securing employment. They are in the thick of the action when it comes to career changes and need some direction. Some of the things that I'll be doing may be of benefit to them as well. So, I decided to be semi-transparent with this and go through my process of career development through this blog. I'll take you step-by-step through my process of resume crafting, leveraging online resources to support my resume and provide additional information to future employers (e.g., Exploiting FaceBook, Twitter, Google Docs, blogging, etc.), networking, interview prep, and overall job search planning and tracking. Follow along and you can design a good strategy that will benefit you as well.
These job-related posts will be interspersed with those of other topics as well, so I won't be dedicating every post to this project. My goal is to have a strategic plan in place so it's ready if needed, but also enjoy where I am now.
As a disclaimer, I am not a career counselor and I guarantee nothing. I have, however, been gainfully employed for 30 years. I have been a warehouse worker, warehouse foreman, salesman, carpet re-measurer, teacher, public school assistant principal, and public school principal. I have worked for four employers during my 30 years and worked in eight different public schools in two capacities: teacher and administrator. Each career move was my decision and based on whether the move took me closer to my long-term goals. The only exception was my first principalship, where I was recruited by the district administration for the promotion. In all cases, I always got the job I sought.
During this process, I'll be twittering tips and strategies that I've learned during my years of seeking employment and as one who, as principal, evaluated candidates, interviewed them, did background checks on them, and made the final employment recommendations. I've been on both sides of the employment fence.
If you have a Twitter account (it's free), you can follow me on Twitter to receive the tips throughout the day on job-seeking, as well as tips on time management, productivity, and personal development.
Michael Hyatt had a great post on not concerning ourselves so much on things we can't control, but concentrating on those things which we can control. You can control how you prepare for a career crisis. It's good reading for this economic time. By taking action on those things you can control, you drive out the fear of those things which you cannot.