Finding work in the mining industry goes with the business cycles of the industry. When times are good, there’s an abundance of work to choose from but when time are like they are now and have been for the past year or so, most mining-related jobs are scarce to non existent.
To help with finding or keeping work in 2010, recruitment specialist Greg McKinnon, President of McKinnon Targeted Recruiters of Toronto has this to say.
Not in recent history has a new year been more universally anticipated. As 2009 winds down, the books will soon close on a year that brought economic hardship for millions – including enormous financial losses and crippling unemployment numbers. As the global economy corrects and readjusts in this next year, McKinnon asks “Will you be ready?”
New Years’ resolutions aren’t just about diet and exercise – now is the time to rethink your professional goals too.
Whether you lost your job or are one of the “excessively employed” who survived the cuts but are now doing the work of three people, here are a few resolutions to create lasting value in your professional life:
1.Resolve to Make New Friends
Everyone has been affected in some way by the terrible economy so it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. The days of going solo are over and the need to network is stronger than ever. Online tools such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are now are essential for creating business opportunities whether you are looking for work or looking for more collaboration in your work. Offline – tapping into some of the new networking communities is crucial. And don’t underestimate the value of volunteerism.
2.Resolve to Get More Flexible
2009 has changed the way businesses look at staffing. Permanent hires are frequently giving way to contract employment and more and more, companies are looking at work in terms of projects. This means that those looking for jobs in 2010 will need to better understand and be able to define a broader set of specific skills to complete finite projects. Be prepared to move around and be open to new opportunities both outside and especially within your own company.
Additionally, if you can segment your specific skills and create 3 or 4 areas of expertise from your previous experience, you have 3 or 4 times more opportunity. If you had a job as a marketer, rather than looking for another job as a marketer, be flexible to the possibility of jobs in writing/editing, sales, promotions/PR, management consulting, etc.
3.Resolve to Get the Promotion through Self-Promotion
It’s no secret that the people who tend to succeed in business are the ones who are most adept at smart communication – the ability to articulate your value to the company and team without seeming boastful. This skill will be especially crucial moving forward as employees and job seekers look to differentiate themselves from the pack. In science and technical sectors especially, this is a game changing trend. Previous success in these sectors was almost entirely based upon knowledge but moving forward, scientists and other technical experts will need to be able to promote their work internally as well as externally.
4.Resolve to Speak Up
Now is not the time to be shy. The most effective leaders and managers are the ones who can speak well. Both online and offline vehicles exist to get your voice heard and elevate your profile and create a more visible leadership position in your industry. Blog, tweet and get active in conversations in your online community. Offline, join Toastmasters or another group where you will have the opportunity to learn and refine your speaking skills. Great speakers have great power.
5.Resolve to Be a Better Listener
All around you, people are talking. They give clues to what is happening or what is about to happen. Listen to them. You don’t want to get blindsided by a trend or an announcement. Offline, be alert to conversations in the office and among your peer group. Online, communities exist for every industry. Log on and listen up. What you hear about the latest trend, opportunity, people changes, industry updates, etc., could make a big difference in your career.
6.Resolve to be Better Prepared
Most everyone is feeling unstable, displaced and insecure after this past year. Find ways to minimize the damage by being better prepared for the next time. You are less likely to be out of work long if you expose, “friend” and align yourself with centres of influence. Headhunters and recruiters, websites such as Workopolis, Monster and Craigs list are just as important in good economic times. Consistently build relationships that can help you weather the tough times.
7.Resolve to Open the Door when Opportunity Knocks
Another trait of successful business people is the ability to leverage their careers and take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. Even if you aren’t unhappy or actively looking, open the door to the possibility of a new job when one comes knocking. Use the equity you have developed over the length of your career (in terms of your skills and expertise) to maximize opportunities for the future. And don’t be afraid to commit. Statistics show that the average Canadian will have 4 to 5 careers in a lifetime. You may be due for a change