Over the past year, the number of unemployed increased exponentially and the forecasts of the Business School ESADE remain very optimistic, as they provide that the rate of unemployed continue to grow and not be re-generate new jobs to 2013.
Unlike other crises, this situation has not had any qualms about cutting at all levels of the organization. For many of us, the behavior of unemployment statistics represented an unexpected surprise, since it also directly affected many managers and skilled professionals. Have a degree of responsibility and high pay, it ceased to be a guarantee of stability in the workplace.
This situation has radically changed our professional activity in the field of selection. We have gone from spending most of our time attracting and recruiting candidates with talent in a desert labor market, receive many requests outplacement professionals frankly brilliant careers.
Thus, we lived and are still living with the emotional shock of a collective whole, unaccustomed to participate in job search processes, with such an adverse environment. It really has been a challenge, learning to redirect the “traditional” job interviews, interviews to support and focused on restoring trust advice. We have met with some candidates very well prepared, with an impeccable track record, which has led us to have innovative projects and even have seen shine professionally when customers were still ours. But, at this critical moment, they have been forced to make great efforts to reposition its entire existence. We could be felt in the first person, like the feeling of failure, the feeling of uncertainty and insecurity, paralyzing all the strength, energy and potential (obviously exists) in people.
That is why we have been starting our interviews with “that which has generated interest in this offer you” to “I do not say that you have no work; your job is to look for work. ” We think that this phrase sums up our main challenge has been to promote candidates in the two aspects that we consider key to achieve good results in the search process:
– Trust and positivism: After a layoff a grieving process is generated, which is necessary margin to take time for reflection, analysis and assimilation. During this period it is very important to work the car concept itself, find the strengths of self and from here set out the objectives for the future. Only once this first phase, it is ready to begin the job search being and transmitting positivism. We will be able to transmit energy when we are aware that the situation of unemployment, can become an opportunity to access a new project and grow professionally. We must believe in our chances. If we do not believe, how they will do others?
– Proactivity and innovation: The person who is seeking employment must open horizons, broaden their field of vision and be able to apply the principles of innovation in your own career. Staying with the mentality that is only accessible to a similar type of work the previous one , in the same field and / or in the same sector, it is not a guaranteed formula for adapting to change. We need to be creative and look for the point of attachment of our curriculum and personal skills to other sectors or jobs. The experiences throughout this year have shown us that if we can abide by the competency profiles and curricular experience not generate new alternatives. Fit, for example, managers of industry in other growth sectors such as the social field or the environment, are absolutely viable formulas, as long as the candidate has an open enough mind and, willing to learn and unlearn.
Certainly there are fewer career opportunities than in previous years, but also we have seen that people who have focused their job search with confidence, positivity, proactivity and innovation have created new career opportunities in record time and without being forced to have to give expectations and / or responsibilities. Another thing is the adjustment of remuneration expectations that all these changes are implying, but we leave this topic for another article. Obviously the crisis has left its mark on the remunerative scenario, however, consider a job that fits the career of each It is still possible!