September 21, 2016

Disrupt The Under Employed Cycle

College is just a memory. You have a job, a job that has nothing to do with the career you desired, and the pay, well the pay is sh*t! To make matters even worse the media keeps reiterating how corporations can't find enough skilled workers to fill their open position which really ticks you off.  If this story sounds vaguely familiar then guess what, you are a member of the Under-Employed Army. Now let's focus on how to disrupt this cycle.
To disrupt the Under-Employed Cycle you must first understand how this cycle operates.  The basic Under-Employed Cycle is calendar dependent and it usually begins in the second quarter of the calendar year.  In the second quarter a major event occurs, most college seniors graduate and begin to look for jobs.  Companies are aware of this event and hire as many new graduates as they can absorb. Usually there are more new graduates then job positions and a pool of unemployed new graduates is created. Over time this pool of unemployed graduates will find and accept jobs beneath their skill sets to earn money to pay for their living expenses. Finally, many of these Under-Employed graduates will STOP looking for that professional job that they had prepared for during their educational journey. Is the Under-Employed Cycle finished? Not yet, you see just about this time companies have now processed the first batch of new hires and are looking to fill new positions. However they are unable to find candidates for the second business cycle hiring wave since many  new grads have given up looking and taken a job that Under-Employs them in lieu of the one that would fit their degreed skill. Next companies complain to the media about the lack of skilled workers and then they wait for the second quarter in the new business cycle. What I've just described is a macro view of a global cycle that occurs yearly.

Next determine what business cycle(s) that your career field utilizes. Some career fields such as education have only one major hiring cycle which usually runs from June through the end of July. However some business cycles in other fields occur two or three times yearly.  Establish what type of business cycle your career field operates under. If you are unclear about the whole business hiring cycles then do some research on your field. Go to the library and check out some books for free to acquire a deeper understanding of your career field.  If you want some current inside knowledge of how your career field is functioning, cruise the digital book universe such as where you can locate and download digital books at very attractive prices. The authors of these career specific books can provide you with a wealth of insider knowledge about their particular career field.  Research efforts like I have mentioned above can help you figure out your career field's hiring cycle(s) and the key skill sets that that the employer is seeking to fill their open positions.

Finally, when you obtain a job interview don't hide the fact that your previous job Under-Employed you. Instead point out the Core Employee values that you now hold like showing up on time, dependability, tenacity, and communication skills or leadership skills that have prepared you for your next job. These are skill sets that all employers desire in their staff and the fact that you already have these skills really does matter.  Make sure that you have examples on hand that can be discussed during your interview. Being a member of the Under-Employed Army does have its privileges. Also remember that the US labor market has been tightening in the first three quarters of 2016. That means many companies may need to include an additional hiring cycle to meet their headcount goals. So don't stop looking for a career position because you believe that all the good jobs were taken after graduation, they weren't. 

There are many strategies for disrupting the Under-Employed Cycle including doing nothing to change and hoping to win the Lottery each week. But if you don't feel lucky, then follow some of the tips above and get ready to check out of the Under-Employed Army.