Businesses are in business to make money. Who they can hire and what they can pay in salary is all a matter of supply and demand. That is the bottom line, and that’s driven by what's going on in the economy. The labor force is expected to hit nearly 200 million by the year 2010. Executive recruiters and career guidance counselors at colleges and universities say the best moves to make are the same time-tested and proven moves that have worked for job-seekers over the past few decades. The general consensus seems to be that a job search required considerable amount of planning, preparation and networking. While planning a job search, experts recommend that you create a comprehensive list of your professional likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses and any other factors that you feel are relevant to your personal situation. Use this list to create another list of jobs that you will and will not do. At the very minimum, you need to set aside four to eight hours per week to scan the job boards and send out resumes. Also set aside a day a week to go on interviews. After you are done planning your job search get into the Boy Scout mentality; always be prepared for any and all opportunities that may come your way. Carry a few of copies of your resume with you in clean, white envelopes and be prepared to disseminate them to friends, relatives, and anyone else who can help you in your search. Network with everyone you know, but concentrate on those people that have the most to offer. Maybe some of their success can help you create your own. For the most part, the best jobs and hottest fields remain a constant--engineering, computer science, finance and banking, and healthcare. Find out what the strongest companies are in your desired field and find a way to approach those businesses. But you also have to look at the larger picture. In this time of war against a largely unseen enemy, many graduates are looking for ways to serve their country, creating a surge in interest in government jobs since the terrorist attacks. Job inquiries for the armed services and law enforcement have been particularly high. The CIA, for example, reportedly went from about 500 employment inquiries a week to more than 10,000 in the two weeks following the 9-11 attacks. Entry-level salaries for positions such as linguists, engineers, biochemists and physicists range from $35,000 to $50,000, depending on your level of education. For persons looking for employment or looking to change careers, key qualities that every organization looks for are leadership, flexibility, superior written and verbal communication skills. In addition to this, the ability to listen well and work on a team is a definite plus. Seek out new experiences and new people. Identify out what you're best at and target business needing help or expertise in those specific areas. The best approach is in honestly self-evaluating exactly what you have to offer and then finding the right way to market it. It pays to adopt a winning attitude and a flexible mind-set. Be prepared prepare to do whatever is necessary, right, ethical and moral to meet your goal. To use the old cliché “do not take no for an answer.” In this increasingly tough job market, flexibility can make it or break it for you. Most consulting job opportunities require some travel and /or relocation. In order to succeed, you should be willing to go where the job takes you. In today’s market, companies do not want to hear prospective employees say that they do not like travel or are unwilling to relocate.


Dr. Uchil is an entrepreneur, business-owner and author embodying almost three decades of management and consulting experience. Prior to founding The Uchil Group and Uchil, LLC, Dr. Uchil spent over eighteen years in a variety of senior management roles at several large consulting organizations. In addition to his PhD in Business Administration Dr. Uchil also holds an MBA in Consulting Operations Management, a BSEE in Electrical Engineering and a Diploma in Electronics and Telecommunicati...

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