There has been much in the news around the presidential election about certain people taking assistance because they think of themselves as victims. Let me say from the outset this is not a political rant. It however is a consideration about the concept of being a victim in our global workplace.
Some of the top hiring companies today rely on online job boards like Monster.com to discover possible candidates for open positions; but the reality is that top talent is rarely hired from a job board, alone. For job seekers, posting your resume to an online job board is on par with randomly emailing a general resume and cover letter to hundreds of companies – and then failing to follow up to make sure that the message was received.
I have spent 18+ years in HR, most of which I have worn a recruiting hat for part of all of my job. Due to a major contract loss, my days have been reduced to 3 per week. This obviously puts me in the role of job seeker. Last week I was supposed to have a telephone interview with [redacted] for a Regional Human Manager position.
Effectively managing your career in the economy of today is a vastly different world than it was just a few short years ago. No longer does it suffice to have just a resume of qualifications and access to job boards and a few connections to executive search firms. Managing a career in the public relations and communications industry can often be a full time job akin to managing the communications strategy for a Fortune 1000 firm or being a product promotion specialist in the world of technology.
Do you have a partner, boss or co-worker who you would often–operant word, often–describe as crazy-making? Does s/he frequently seem to give with one hand and grab it back with the other? This can be a description of the emotional and verbal behavior of a passive-aggressive person.