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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