Find a Way to Give Yourself More Chances

Posted September 24, 2013
By Clay Cerny

I was working with a client today who is applying for residency positions.  He will apply to positions in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry.  He asked me if he should apply to positions that combine both specialties.  His concern was that he would have to write a third personal statement.  I recommend that he take the time to do so.  Anytime we can give ourselves another good option in a job search, it’s worth the time and effort.

Whenever you’re looking for a new job, ask yourself this question: What’s my plan B?  Do I have a plan C?  Most of my clients who are sales manager could also apply for positions as senior sales representatives.  Many HR generalists have experience in one aspect of the field, such as training, that would let them apply for plan B positions.  A store manager or assistant managers have knowledge of products and store operations.  They could apply for positions as sales representatives who market to retail stores.

How can you improve your marketability?  Volunteer at work.  Ask to be put on teams and projects that will let you develop new skill sets.  If you’re unemployed, seek training or certification in areas that will give you new options.  For example, an accountant with a background in tax preparation might look more to auditing or develop skills needed to be a controller.  Build on your existing skill set, but do so in a way that will let you apply to different kinds of jobs.  Always have a plan B.