Despite the above concerns, I have had some successes in my job search, as well. My solution to the above issues has been to target opportunities with firms that are themselves undergoing major transitions, or firms that provide services to organizations in transition. Following this strategy, not only have I been able to land some contract work in the defense, manufacturing and consulting industries, but I have also had six job offers, so far.
As I noted above, three offers were cancelled, directly attributed to the worsening economy, while we were in the final stage of negotiations.
I turned down one offer when they redesigned the position’s responsibilities and dramatically lowered its base salary. The second offer I turned down was with a firm and an executive leader I respect, but the position just wasn’t quite what I was looking for.
The third offer came about 3 months ago. This position appeared ideally suited to my skills and experience. It was with a nearly US$1 billion global firm undergoing a major transition. With nearly 3 dozen sites around the world, the result of several mergers and acquisitions, there were a dozen ERP/MRP systems, as well as numerous custom and vendor-based systems globally, all of which needed to be integrated. We estimated that this was a three to five year project that needed a full-time employee to lead it. So I accepted a contract-to-hire position. Unfortunately, after only 6 weeks, the entire global project was cancelled due to major mid-year budget cuts.
I’d love to hear back from you on what challenges you are having in your own job search. Even more so, what are you doing to overcome those challenges!
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