With less than four months to go in 2012, companies are about to take a hard look at what they still need to do to meet their goals for the year.
John Challenger, CEO of global outplacement firm Challenger, Grey & Christmas, says it’s an ideal time for workers and job seekers alike to reboot their efforts to find or keep a job.
“Companies usually see a business decline during the summer months. Sales slow. Key decision makers are off on vacations. But as they all start to come back, the pace quickens, and companies that are scrambling to hit their earnings goals, looking toward the future, start to make hiring decisions.”
While the jobs picture remains cloudy, employers are announcing fewer layoffs. The Challenger firm tracked more than 2.5 million announced job cuts in 2008 and 2009. From January 2010 through July of this year, such job cuts totaled less than 1.5 million.
LABOR DAY RESOLUTIONS
|To Keep Your Job||To Find a Job|
|Seek more responsibility.||Join LinkedIn, MySpace, Facebook, et al.|
|Meet your boss’s boss.||Remove/Cover tattoos.|
|Join a company committee.||Get involved with community service group.|
|Find and/or become a mentor.||Join a professional/trade association.|
|Align individual and company goals.||Meet 10 new people in your field but outside of your company.|
|Discover ways to save money.||Rev up your skills.|
|Become an expert on one facet of your field.||Stay positive and be patient.|
Source: Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.©