Thriver Tactics in Today’s Job Market


In my early 20s I worked very hard on improving my engineering skills thinking that was the ticket to a secure future. But it’s the intangibles that secure your future regardless of  the status of the job market.  Those intangibles are things that don’t necessary come with a college degree, such as:

  1. Strong Work Ethic,
  2. Ability to Lead People or
  3. Willingness to Serve.

Times of unemployment are times to strengthen your values, strengthen weakness and mature your strengths. Working on these things will make you a better employee when you do find a job.   What follows are ways to create your opportunities.


If you are having a hard time finding a job, consider volunteering part time at a charity or other non-profit. Volunteer to lead a project or team. Be faithful in your commitment. Develop project management, people and leadership skills.

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I often challenge people, who hold leadership titles in a company, to test their leadership ability by leading a group of people who are volunteers. There are people who only have followers because of an organizational chart. They are not leaders!  If you can lead volunteers, people who are giving up their time and don’t have to be there, you can lead in any company. Being faithful to your commitment strengthens your work ethic, because you don’t need to be there either! Willing to serve others carries to a job. People who work bounded by their job description never venture to new opportunities. By helping others on the job you become a team player. Remember, non-profits also have paid staff and being a committed volunteer can open doors.

The Company’s Front-Line can be an Open Door

Another consideration is to take an entry level job that only requires a high school diploma, such as working at your local McDonald’s or any grocery store. These companies are corporations with headquarters consisting of all levels of management. Don’t get caught up in your college degree and thinking certain jobs are beneath you. Being faithful, diligent and leading on the ‘front-line’ of these companies can also open doors to higher levels of management in the companies.

I’ve been unemployed once in my life. I have both a Bachelor and Master degree in Mechanical Engineering. I took a job as a customer service agent for an airline to have a job, while I looked for a ‘real’ job. I got a lot of grief from fellow unemployed engineers who were waiting out Boeing layoffs and freezes. But I was working and I did the job to the best of my ability (and not wearing the ‘this job is so beneath me’ chip on my shoulder). It wasn’t long that opportunities presented themselves and I moved into a management position I have now in the company. I’ve enjoyed the ride.

Creativity is Birthed out of Determination

Create your opportunities in this current job market. Developing your intangible qualities moves you from survivor to a thriver.  You may even birth an entrepreneurial endeavor during this time. Great leaders are needed everywhere all the time!

1 thought on “Thriver Tactics in Today’s Job Market”

  1. Finding a good job can be pretty troublesome. Especially when you have high expectations.

    Here are some tips that helped me land the job of my dreams:

    * You need to have a professional written resume. If you are not an expert, you could consider hiring one.
    * Think about all the jobs you are qualified for. This may lead to discovering additional jobs you could land.
    * Don’t neglect any source of jobs : internet, newspaper, radio and other media. Ask your friends that have similar jobs if there may be an opening in their company.
    * You need to be proactive about this. Don’t just email them, make sure to call the HR department to have them confirm your resume.

    Finding a job is pretty much a job in itself and it’s all about how well can you market your abilities.

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