The job market in the New York metropolitan area has gone from difficult to dismal. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli predicts that, in addition to jobs lost in 2008, another 175,000 jobs will be lost by October 2009. In addition, Trenton predicts that approximately 65,000 jobs will be lost in northern New Jersey by October 2009, and Hartford expects 35,000 jobs to be lost in southeastern Connecticut during the same period. These dismal figures actually understate the actual unemployment problem because the unemployment number does not include people who have stopped looking for work, people who have used up their benefits, or people who are self-employed.
Other factors need to be considered. Unlike previous recessions, well-educated people in the New York metropolitan area will not be insulated from layoffs. In addition, these job losses will affect senior executives much more so than in the past. This will have a tremendous negative trickle-down impact on middle and lower level managers. During these volatile times, it is crucial to focus on 1) Career strategies and techniques, 2) Networking, and 3) Interviewing.
Paul Bernard, a highly respected senior executive coach with over 25 years of experience, has helped hundreds of unemployed executives successfully transition to a new job in volatile, unpredictable economies. In light of the difficult post-credit bubble job market, Paul Bernard provides the following services and advice to help executives successfully transition to a new job quickly and effectively:
Career Strategies and Techniques 101 — A Game Plan for Difficult Times
What is my job transition strategy? How do I design and implement a strategy that makes sense in a deep recession? How do I differentiate myself in a challenging market? How do I make sure the industry I’m exploring will have “legs?” How do I make sure my future employer will survive? How do I make sure a potential new boss is secure at a potential new employer? Where will my new/next job get me in two years/five years/ten years? Should I consider job opportunities outside the New York metro area?
Networking 101 — “Dos” and “Don’ts” During a Recession
What is networking? Is the focus on networking valid during a recession? If networking is valuable, how do I network appropriately and effectively when many of the people I am talking to are very anxious about losing their own jobs and are “networked out?” How do I approach networking contacts? What is the correct networking etiquette during a deep recession?
Interviewing 101 — Putting Your Best Face Forward
How to interview during an economic crisis – “dos” and “don’ts.” What are typical interview questions? How should I prepare for them? What mistakes should I avoid? How do I keep from looking and sounding desperate? What questions should I be able to ask about my potential boss/employer? How do I interview a potential boss to determine whether I have the skills for the job, that I can meet the boss’ expectations, and that the chemistry between us will be good?
A couple of words about the author
Paul Bernard’s customized programs focuses on teaching executives new and creative ways to market themselves in a difficult job market allowing them to return to work quicker and with an effective career plan for the future. His work has helped his clients become better leaders, improve their management skills, handle challenging office politics, and optimize their career choices.
For more information about Paul Bernard and his work, please visit his website at http://www.paulbernard.net
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