How to succeed in your new survival job

Survival job success

When you have to give up your old profession to climb a new career ladder, there IS a problem. You must start several rungs lower in status and pay than what you’ve been used to. You’re often taking half pay.

It’s called a “survival job,”a topic that was also recently posted—“How to survive a survival job”— on Your Career Service.

To continue this topic, when you take a survival job you also find yourself taking on other part time jobs just to survive.

For instance, people switching from a white-collar to a blue-collar position assume that eventually they’ll return to wearing a suit and tie or business casual when the job market improves. But right now, they’ve got to feed their families.

Instead of thinking ahead to what might or might not happen soon, focus on just getting along with your colleagues on the new job. That means not coming on too strong at first with ideas about how to improve things. However, once you know the ropes of the new job you can start making suggestions on cost-cutting, efficiency, and new marketing techniques.

If you try to run the show to aggressively too soon, you’ll alienate those around you. So when it comes to taking a survival job, you need to leave your ego at the door.

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RANDY PLACE is author of Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach where you’ll find lots more tips about survival jobs in two of the book’s chapters: “Temping As A Way of Life,” and “How To Get A Job Through Staffing Agencies.”

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Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place


About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.