Right now is the perfect time to be looking for a job, because there are more opportunities for employees than ever before.
That may seem hard to believe… but it’s true.
Few people recognize what’s happening in today’s job market. Even fewer people have the tools they need to access those rewards. Today’s workplace may be loyalty-free, but this environment can propel employees to assert their workplace independence and use this unprecedented flexibility to truly soar. The Perpetual Paycheck is a nuts-and-bolts guide you can use to not only survive, but thrive.
Embrace the Loyalty-Free Workplace
Today should be the best day of your working life. The shriek of your alarm should be music to your ears, because it signals the start of a glorious day. Pour yourself a cup of hot coffee and skip over to your breakfast table with a smile on your face. Today is a great day, because there has never been a better time to be an employee or a job hunter.
I know it might not seem like it right now, but there are more workplace opportunities out there than you could ever imagine. There is simply no reason you should ever again be underpaid or experience an unwanted gap in your employment. This is the perfect environment to ensure that you have a stream of income for life.
First, I’m going to take a stab at why you picked up this book. Perhaps you’ve responded to ads for about fifty job openings, reached out to ten people for informational interviews, and scheduled a handful of meetings or job interviews. Despite all your efforts, you’ve yet to receive a job offer. Or, maybe you’ve excelled in the same job for five years, but continue to be passed over for promotional opportunities. Or you might be changing jobs in the middle of your career, or are out of work for a reason that is no fault of your own.
Whichever scenario fits you best, I’m fairly certain you have a very strong work ethic. But I’ll also bet that you’re having trouble fully committing to a robust job search, because it seems like forever since your efforts produced any meaningful results.
How did I do? Well, I understand where you’re coming from because I’ve been exactly where you are. I’ve experienced the highest workplace highs and some pretty low lows. I’ve worked at jobs where I was under- appreciated and jobs where I was underpaid. I’ve applied for jobs, and I’ve been rejected from jobs. I’ve met with friends, friends of friends, friends of friends of friends, and even neighbors of friends of friends. I’ve even met with strangers who were wondering what I was doing and why was I there.
Once, I made it to the third and final round of interviews for a job to provide legal counsel to the president of a large academic institution. I spent a delightful morning getting to know the university president and was escorted to a catered lunch attended by the entire presidential cabinet. I left that interview confident that a job offer was forthcoming and glad I decided to spend my last paid vacation day from my current job at the event. That was five years ago, and I still haven’t heard from them. The only notification I received that I didn’t get the job was an announcement on the university’s website welcoming the new hire to the presidential team. And this was from a potential employer who consistently marveled at how much value my experience could bring to the institution and who pressured me to rearrange my work schedule to move quickly through their process.
During the course of my work, I have heard hundreds of stories about how people feel about their workplace experiences. When I think about the advice I’ve provided and the conversations I’ve had on a consistent basis with every one of these individuals, no matter their situation, there’s always one consistent theme: If you had to pick the most perfect time to be in the job market, it would be now.
Why? Because there’s a general consensus in the workplace that there are only short-term commitments, limited to perhaps 24-hour periods. If an employee performs a full day’s work on Monday, the employer is obligated to pay the employee for that time. As for Tuesday, nothing is guaranteed. The employer can tell the employee that his services are no longer needed, just as the employee can in- form the employer that he intends to resign. This absence of a mutual obligation creates unprecedented opportunities for advancement and growth.
If this seems counterintuitive to you, that’s because it most certainly is. Few people recognize what is happening in the workplace. Even fewer people are armed with the tools necessary to access those rewards. The good news is that I know the secrets to navigating this new world, and after reading this book, you’ll know them as well.
Excerpted from "The Perpetual Paycheck: 5 Secrets to Getting a Job, Keeping a Job, and Earning Income for Life in the Loyalty-Free Workplace" by Lori B. Rassas. Copyright © 0 by Lori B. Rassas. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Lori B. Rassas
Lori Rassas currently has her own consulting practice offering training workshops, providing guidance on employment law and human resources matters, and working with individuals trying to navigate the workplace. She also regularly gives career advice to students from diverse populations through her work as a member of the adjunct faculty at The Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, Fordham University School of Law, The Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at Cornell University, and Berkeley College. Lori is also a recognized expert on employment law and career issues, and has been quoted in a number of publications, including The New York Times, CNNMoney, Fortune, USA Today College, Newsday, American Medical News, and CareerBuilder.com.
View full Profile of Lori B. Rassas