Today, there was yet another dismal job report, and there was also a very interesting article on the HuffingtonPost.com that might explain part of the problem. Reporter Laura Bassett exposed the reality that many companies are now not considering/reviewing any applicants for jobs who are not already employed. That means if you’re out of work, you can forget about even getting in the door for an interview. This reality will only perpetuate the current problem.
As the job market continues to spiral out of control, there are millions of Americans unemployed and taking the same haphazard approach to find work that they always did – peruse job boards, send out a whole boatload of resumes, and hope for the best. Maybe this strategy worked 20 years ago, but it doesn’t seem to be panning out for the growing number of long-term unemployed, highly qualified workers out there.
I’ve written about this before, but I think that this is worth repeating. Outsourcing + mobile workforces + companies slashing costs = Fewer Jobs. But the flipside is that this equation also equals more opportunities for self employment.
News flash! Companies still need the work done! But they just don’t want to pay for your benefits, office, equipment, and steady salary anymore, and they’ve figured out that they don’t have to. They can pay for the work to get done, and that’s it. If you don’t believe what I’m saying, go to Elance, Guru, RentACoder, or any of the other sites out there that market to companies needing freelancers and to freelancers looking for work. What will you find? Thousands upon thousands of projects for those who are willing to go it alone and do the work.
If you are out of work and not looking at this option, you’re missing a prime opportunity to start making money again. I’ve been self-employed for years, and I know firsthand that there are more freelance jobs and projects than ever before. Instead of working for one employer, I work for many, and I make a good living doing so.
This concept might not be appealing for many, but it’s the reality now and will be even more so in the future. Why not use it to your advantage? If more individuals began selling their skills instead of just blindly sending out resumes, many more could be working again.
Sure, it can be scary going it alone, but it’s also very empowering to know that you can control your destiny and that your earnings are only limited by the effort you make.