Posts tagged with: job hunting

Looking for work? Don’t pay for career help that you can get for free

When people are out of work, they’re a bit panicky. That’s human nature.

Picture yourself without your steady income. Think you wouldn’t get a little dizzy thinking of how, exactly, you’ll be paying that mortgage? I know I’d have my head in the oven. Blogging doesn’t do much to help make a mortgage payment.

These nerves can get the best of even the most level-headed job seeker. There are plenty of entrepreneurs out there who’ll happily charge job hunters plenty of bucks to reshape their resume’s, coach them on job interviews or help them tap into their networks.

But there are plenty of free resources out there for job seekers, resources that will help them keep their suddenly limited amount of dollars.

The Houston Chronicle recently published a good story on these resources. You can read it here. The story, though, cites religious groups, job fairs, government programs and even former employers as good sources to receive free job-hunting help.

It’s hard for people to think clearly when they’re suddently out of work. It’d be a shame, though, for them to skip the freebies that are out there.

Going from big company to small fries isn’t as easy as you’d think

You’d think that if you spent most of your career working for one of the biggest, most powerful and best known companies in your field that the smaller competitors in the same industry would welcome you with open arms if you came to them seeking work.

Well, in today’s topsy turvey economy, it doesn’t always work that way.

The Wall Street Journal recently wrote an interesting story about the challenges that workers who’ve been laid off at large companies are facing when they send their job applications to smaller firms. Turns out, the people at the smaller firms aren’t always so eager to work with employees who’ve spent years working for industry giants.

The reason? Smaller firms often worry that people who’ve spent the majority of their careers at large companies may be used to decisions being made slower, to more red tape being involved in every transaction. At smaller companies, decisions tend to be made at a faster rate. Employees have to be more flexible, and can’t be thrown by rapid changes.

The Wall Street Journal story highlights the case of a biologist who lost his job at pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. in October. He was interested in a start-up company in the same field. The start-up, though, didn’t even interview the biologist. Its founders feared that a veteran of a large company wouldn’t be able to move fast enough.

This seems like a particularly sad story to me. You’d think experience at a major company would be a benefit. Again, though, nothing seems to make sense in today’s economy.