Like I said, this blog would be a little different.
One of my old coworkers posted an article on LinkedIn on the nature of the being poached or recruited in the present day employment market. It rings true.
While I was employed in the transit planning profession, I was poached by more than a handful, but not quite two hands full of recruiters over the years compared to little success in landing an interview while responding on my own to a posting. Most of the time while I was being poached, the jobs that were offered to me were lateral moves and in area of the profession I wasn’t interested in.
I will never forget I bit on one potential management opportunity in Niagara Falls several years ago. As much as it was a wonderful stepping stone, in my gut I knew it wasn’t the right position for me. I should have went with my gut and I made that two hour trek all for naught.
I knew in my mind while I was getting poached I wanted to do something different, but I wasn’t sure what it was. I was of two minds – land use planning or policy. I had never been recruited for a policy-related position and the conferences I attended, those I networked with were mainly in transportation or urban planning. As one of my colleagues said, many transportation people are “gear heads”, and that I’m not.
Now that I’ve closed my consulting business, I decided to enter new waters and fully commit to making a career transition. Networking can only get you so far especially when you’re breaking into a new field and no one knows who you are. The article mentions 60% stayed within their own industry, compared with just 40% of active searchers and even less, 22% who get a job are searching.
It’s easy to blame the human resources profession because of their reliance on keyword recognition for narrowing down hundreds of candidates to just a handful. But many will rely on trust and referrals, sometimes they will go so far as to Google your name to see if you have made any disparaging remarks or find something negative about you.
Now that I am making a career transition towards GR & policy analysis in a very saturated market, it’s back to ground zero for me proving that 10 years of skills and experience are transferable into another profession. I will continue to make myself known in my new network through school, social media and (inexpensive) conferences and seminars.
I liked being poached and I cannot lie. I can’t wait to take my talents somewhere.