A new job for 2002?

July 1, 1993

A new job for 2002?

By Dennis Horton

By Dennis Horton

Manager Public Affairs

Better Business Bureau – Regional Office

Come January 1st, many of use the New Year to rethink what we have been doing and to consider making a change in our way of life. It’s “Resolution Time.” At the top of the list: losing weight and finding the perfect job. If a new career is your plan, here are some thoughts.

Not too long ago, companies were recruiting heavily and enticing employees with stock options and rosy futures. That’s changed; today layoffs have hit almost every industry, i.e. there are more people looking for fewer jobs. So if you are planning on changing jobs, the most important first step is not to quit your present job until have a new one. There are the usual ways to go about finding a job. They include the want ads and putting out those feelers “networking.” Another resource is an employment service.

Employment agencies offer a wide range of services, but make sure you understand the difference between the various types of agencies. The most common, private placement services are designed to bring the jobseeker and the prospective employer together. The placement firm charges a fee that the employer usually pays when the job seeker is actually hired but not always. Since the placement service earns no money until it places an applicant, job seekers should be wary of employment counselors who try to find any job for you rather than the right job. Other types of agencies may deal exclusively with temporary help, and some provide executive/management placement or recruiting.

When searching the classifieds, you should be concerned with ads that offer unusually high financial rewards. If the job actually exists, the ad may conceal the fact that the position involves selling on a commission basis instead of a salary, which is fine, if you’re highly motivated and have good communications skills.

There are employment services that charge significant fees which we have found can lead to complaints because of the misunderstanding that the service is not guaranteeing a job, but is providing counseling which it is hoped will lead to a job. You should always read the contract thoroughly before you sign it and make any changes on it that do not meet your requirements. Discuss any changes with the company so that they can consider altering the contract. Always make sure any oral promises are put in writing.

Before beginning to explore the jobs that may be available, update your resume. Present the facts in a positive way without over-embellishing or misleading. Be aware many prospective employers are checking the facts before offering a job to a qualified applicant.

It is also important to think as objectively as you can about what you have to offer to an employer. Recognize your weaknesses as well as your strengths. You might also want to keep in mind that if you like the company you work for, but not the current position you are in, it may be time to talk to someone about “climbing the ladder” to a better job.

Remember the most important ingredient to success on the job is being happy with what you are doing. If you don’t mind going to work, then you are already ahead of the game.

Finally, know something about the company you are applying to “Check It Out” call the BBB for a background report at 815-963-2222. Or check out our website at www.rockford.bbb.org.

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