The economic growth in most countries is still struggling to move up the curve, but as we start another year, the hopes of improvement are always high.
However, there is no assurance that the financial situations in most economies and homes would pick up, amidst government cuts and tighter budgets, thus the need to still spend sparingly and work hard to save every penny. Hard to say if the cost of living would dive or peak, but costs of most everyday commodities would undoubtedly change.
That’s to say as you start a new year, you must spend responsibly as well as plan to work even harder if you have a job. With the competition for fewer jobs severe, making job security vulnerable or susceptible, every worker must carefully read the small prints on any contract. Operating on tight budgets and minimal profit margin, employers would be preying on the least error to show any wayward worker the exit door. To secure a job, therefore, you need to be vigilant of any trap or change of attitude. You also have to be ready to get your hands dirty; after all, you should count yourself blessed to still have a job at this critical moment.
Get your hands dirty
Nobody wants to do the odd jobs, but with the crisis, even the unskilled jobs are difficult to get as their advertisements have now be coded with “temporary contract”, meaning you are put off if your intension is to get a permanent post. Again with the Temporary Contract clause, job security is sacrificed, meaning if you are lacking a required standard, dismissal or firing can come at any time before the provisional period elapses. If you are aware of this trick by putting in even 110 per cent in a menial job, this can accumulate to a permanent place and subsequent opening to a rewarding position and fabulous pay package.
Permanent jobs are also under fire or scrutiny as most employers are trying to cut cost or minimise spending so as to keep the business running by paying off or making some workers redundant. Of course, when it comes to redundancy, first are the trouble-making or lazy workers that are shortlisted and eventually forced to quit. Therefore, to reduce any chance of being swept into the first waste basket or early retirement, you must work extremely hard to ensure the survival of the business and then for your pocket.
If you’re still in job hunting, beware that most of the jobs being advertised do not actually exist or are being chase after by hundreds if not thousands of other applicants. So to stand a chance of being pre-selected for an interview you need to market talent or know somebody who can recommend your competency.
Start with low-paid post
Another tip, is to start with underpaid jobs with the aim of first getting into the company or organisation and then applying for the well-off posts solely advertised for internal candidates. If this approach is still far from conducive to you, think of career change – venturing into a trade that can easily land you a job or simply re-locate to an area where you skill is highly in demand.
Whatever you do to get or keep a job, try to think like the employer and ask yourself if you really can perform or deserve to get the post. Finally, do your assignment – research always and be patience for the employers to respond to your application or demand.
Remember hard work plus the right skills would always earn you rewards either financially or materially. Never give up at any time, especially when you cannot bear it anymore at work, think of self-employment as another option. You can be the boss and manage other people. Others are making it today by running their own small businesses why not you. If you really want to go solo and start your own business contact any local bank or job agency for advice on how to go about it.