Okay, some of the decline in unemployment was due to some people just throwing in the towel and giving up looking for jobs. But overall, obviously the recovery is showing signs of traction. Here is the coverage from The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)
Changing times mandate changes in how we present ourselves when looking for work - jobs, temp assignments and new business for our enterprises. Most of us should be shifting away from being over-eager to a position of strength. If we fail to reconfigure our packaging we will fail to cash in on the recovery.
Of course, change means we have to figure out how to put together the new persona. No, we don't want to be strident. But we want our presentation of self to transmit the message that our services are of value.
On Wednesday, a prospect was finally ready for me to do a paid trial assignment. I was ready to jump in. Since the field was higher education, I knew this experience would be marketable. Shock. The assignment was not for a narrative but for categories upon categories of data for insertion in a guide book. The compensation was peanuts. My gut said: There's something very wrong with this picture. My executive coach agreed. Immediately I replied that I was not a good fit for the assignment. I thanked the prospect for possibly considering me. No, I don't have to play in that kind of sandbox any more. At least not in the near future.
The mantra to hold onto in changing economic times is: Change or Die. Charles Darwin observed the most important trait in human nature is not intelligence or family background. It's the ability to adapt.