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One for One

As one door closes, another opens. Somewhere jobs are always available.

➔ No matter how high or how low the unemployment rate tracks, no matter what state the economy is in, people are always on the move in the job market. Someone once likened it to a carousel. As one person gets off, another gets on.

Your goal is to be the person getting on.

OK. There are instances where a person leaves a job and, for whatever reason, the employer decides not to fill that position. The reasons are many and varied. The employer could be facing a difficult time in the business and simply can’t afford to hire someone new. It could be that the nature of the departing employee’s job has changed such that it can be assumed by another employee (or several others.)

Typically however, when someone leaves, the search begins to find a replacement. And that’s where you come in.

Although the employer may have every intention of replacing the departing employee with someone who already is working, there’s no (good) reason why they shouldn’t consider someone who is presently looking.

This is where your networking and informational interviews are crucial. Having those kinds of conversations may uncover information about someone who has just left, has given notice, or is looking to leave. Of course, the other possibility is that you may learn of someone who is about to be let go. Too bad for them, an opportunity for you.

Fortunately (or unfortunately,) these are the kinds of situations where the ultimate job opening is never posted or advertised. This is your chance to get a head start. This is your chance to jump to the front of the line.

You’ve heard the phrase, “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”? This is a prime example.

Of course, being out of work may be to your advantage in this instance. Compared to someone who is working and would be expected to give notice, you’re not working. You conceivably, could literally start tomorrow. That’s a real advantage.


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