More and more I am coming across job candidates that have recently moved for a new opportunity and have purchased a home only to then lose their jobs or the job wasn’t the right fit.
In today’s market I am finding that companies seem to be in this panic mode. Profits for many of them are up but they are reacting in a way that doesn’t make much sense and getting extremely lean with their personnel. Of course this creates a real negative environment to be a part of since each person is now doing the work of three and to accomplish this the hours are long.
When relocating with a family there are many things you need to consider. Without writing a book on the subject (I can since I relocated last year), it is my opinion that you should rent for about a year. This way you can personally learn of the areas that would best fit your lifestyle and that will give you the time to evaluate your new opportunity. You can find the best schools for your children through your own experiences rather that what “THEY SAY”. Now I know there are people out there who really buy into the whole “WRITE OFF” thing but I must say when you lose your job, write offs are not what’s going to be on your mind. You just wish you had that cash in hand while you look for a new position.
So when relocating take it slow and make sure that when you do buy a home the time and location is what is best for you and your family.
With unemployment reaching over 10% in some parts of the country, hiring managers are becoming very picky on choosing a candidate. What is happening is that jobs are going unfilled because of their perceptions. Management thinks the job market is terrible and that all open positions should be easily filled instantly with top notch candidates. More and more HR personnel are shaking their heads in disbelief that some of the candidates that they have met with are not getting job offers. Candidates who just over a year ago would have been hired after one interview are now being passed up for the hopes of finding an even better candidate.
HR personal are getting a truck load of resumes from ads but very few people fit the bill. They are frustrated when they see a home run of a candidate but hiring managers think that there are so many great candidates out there because of the news reports.
The reality of the job market is that the best of the best are still employed and not every industry or vertical has been affected. Companies that are still operating have not let their best talent go. That is why you never leave a job on your own until you have another offer. Perception can and sometimes is everything.
In any economy when you meet a job candidate that can do the job that is required and has the personality fit that you are looking for then you should move forward with that person. The same thing goes for job candidates when searching and that is the first interview you go on may be the only interview you go on. I have seen more candidates pass up an opportunity for the hopes of another. There is no magic number of companies that you need to meet with before accepting a job. Sometimes candidates feel they need to interview at 5 different companies in order to decide which company is best for them. In today’s market however it is unlikely you will get 5 separate interviews and like the hiring managers of today, you probably won’t see 5 great candidates for the same job.