What follows is an excerpt from chapter 1 of my new book, Always Be Job Hunting. Continue to watch here for news of the publication date for the book.
What I still think of as my worst job—although my last one is now competing for that title— was a place I stayed for exactly one year and 10 days. I disliked the workplace so much that I counted each day, just like someone in prison would do.
The job I just left lasted just shy of two years. I started in July of 2008, as the Great Recession started doing its worst to the economy, and left in June of 2010 as I and the rest of the country hoped things were improving, even as the stock market was predicting more troubles ahead for all of us.
My parents’ generation (yes, I’m a Baby Boomer, born in 1953) worked with the hope, even sometimes the certainty, of lifetime employment at one company. That idea already was fading when I got out of school and it seems a distant memory today. Indeed, a Bloomberg Business Week magazine’s cover story (insert date) noted that everyone in the professional world will eventually just work as consultants and temporary workers.
Is my job changing simply a different definition of consulting or contract work? I think so. Switching employers every two years, which was once seen as the kiss-of-death, is now somewhat normal. (brief insert study/numbers that show this succinctly) I’m not so much a harbinger of what’s to come as I am the new norm. So why this book? Because since I’ve already tackled this rapid job hunting and changing employers – in fact, actively sought it out – I think others can benefit from my story. My employment history, my job-decision-making record, and in how I’ve found my jobs all contain lessons – from what to do to what to avoid – that you can use to keep yourself gainfully employed in today’s uncertain world.