One woman I know well, has been looking for work for 2 years. She was transitioning from eduction to business…a very tough transition, and a very tough time to do it. Sally (not her real name) has done everything right. Gone to workshops on interview and job search techniques, networked with everyone and their brother, gone to umpteen bazillion (yes, that is a real number) networking events, handing out her card, perfected her elevator pitch to a fevered pitch…and basically done just about everything right. Over 2 years, a couple of hits, but nothing that turned into a position. At one of the many networking events, following a conversation I had enjoyed with a temp agency recruiter (who made it pretty clear that she had business entry level jobs and not enough people to fill them), Sally contacted them and a few other temp and temp-to-perm placement agencies.
Sally launched herself into connecting with these placement agencies with a new approach. She’d look for a temp job with hopes that there might be a permanent placement in the future. It worked. She signed up through Robert Half and within a couple of weeks (and incredible responsiveness on her part) has landed a job. After 2 years.
My pet services business is a very “nose-to-the-ground” (forgive me!) type of service business. Someone gets a new job after looking for a couple of years and they need someone to help them exercise, water and walk their pet! Purse strings loosen up a bit and those who can, take small to mid-scope vacations. I’m seeing a flurry of activity going into February and in almost all cases, calls are from clients who just found work.
This is LA — first to go down and often, first to raise up again. Where are you located and what are you seeing? Any indicators specific to your industry?