Create Your Own!

Itís probably easier right now to find a problem, solve it and charge people than it is to find a job.

That’s one of my favorite lines from the March 13 New York Times article, “Weary of Looking for Work, Some Create Their Own.”† It’s full of great advice whether you’re looking for a job or just looking to make a change.

I found it via Peter Bregman’s article on CNN.com this morning, “No job? Create your own!,” which is also a must-read because he takes a look at the facts behind the importance of creating your own opportunities:

There’s a lesson here for us. We’ve lost 4.4 million jobs since the economic mess started. And many of those jobs aren’t coming back. John Silvia, chief economist at Wachovia, told The New York Times, “There are going to be fewer stores, fewer factories, fewer financial services operations. Firms are making strategic decisions that they don’t want to be in their businesses.”

At this point, outplacement is just a bad bet. There is no place to be placed. Companies aren’t hiring, they’re firing.

And when eventually they do emerge from this recession, those companies that are still solvent won’t rehire to previous levels. Over the years, companies have gotten leaner as employees have gotten more productive. And they won’t rehire as much when times improve because they’ll want to keep their profit margins high. It’s quite possible that the age of big business tending to thousands of workers is coming to a close.

Looking for a job might make you feel better, but it won’t pay your mortgage. Don’t waste your time looking for a job that isn’t there.

Both these articles are full of great ideas and sound advice that would make for a good start to your day.