Causing a Chemical Reaction in Your Job Search

The New Formula for Employment Success

Back in the day, like 12 months ago, you could go online or in the classified section of the newspaper and apply for jobs with pre-described roles, responsibilities, pay, and benefits. Now, in the latter part of 2009, the old ways of looking for a job are just that — old.

In the aftermath of this economic crisis, we are forced to get creative about our job searches. We are all forced to rethink the way we look at employment and the future of our working environment. Many people have resorted to social networking to re-connect with their industries and the people that work within them. The good news is that they are discovering that there are many in the same boat. The bad news is that there are so many people in the same boat.

All of this job search activity accentuates the need we all have to reassess our priorities, skill sets, and business acumen in creating new employment opportunities for ourselves. Times of crisis are times for great personal opportunity, if we choose to seize them. These opportunities will begin to appear if we are willing to adjust from the old ways of job searching into a newer, more proactive way of aligning our talents with real employment prospects.

What is heartening is that employers are starting to pick up on the trend of creative job searching. It is no surprise that employers have been able to call the shots in the down economy. Job candidates have been put through the ringer for lower pay and less prestigious jobs just because there was no dearth of hiring applicants. But that trend will begin to slowly fade as the economy begins to come back and hiring becomes more competitive.

Todd Palmer of Diversified Industrial Staffing of Troy, Michigan has been all over the news as of late. Their recent press release (August 14) noted:

“In a state facing double-digit unemployment, Diversified Industrial Staffing (, a recruiting and staffing firm headquartered in Troy, Mich., is receiving national recognition for its success and growth in skilled trade job placement. For the second time in three years, Diversified Industrial Staffing was named to Inc. Magazine’s ‘Inc. 5,000’ as one of the fastest growing privately-held firms in the U.S. Diversified Industrial Staffing fulfills a special niche that otherwise was overlooked.”

I know Todd and he is a real believer, who has been through the unemployment mill and wants to help others get back to work. I was struck by this company’s innovative, candidate-focused recruitment process. Once you submit a resume, a member of their Diversified Recruiting Department reviews it in detail. If your skills and qualifications are a match for an open position, they contact you. They set up a “working interview,” a test run of a real day on the job, so that you and your potential employer can both get a feel for how successful you could be in that role. You’ll be able to determine if it’s the right position for you ahead of time, and ensure yourself real job satisfaction once you’re actually working there.

How is that for innovation and creativity? This approach has been termed candidate-centric staffing and you will be seeing more of this new formula from other employers as the months pass. For now, it is important that you adjust your chemical equation to fit the new mix that employers are looking for. Proactivity and new ways of thinking will be the catalysts for your own employment chemical reaction.