By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)
A week has passed since I was compelled to take on the challenge of landing a new position where I can employ my strategic public relations knowledge, skills and abilities. Yes, it will be a challenge, but the hard things in life come with some sacrifice and require hard work.
Already, I’ve reached out to dozens of colleagues and friends, and already I’ve received many referrals and messages of support. That’s tremendously gratifying, and I’m thrilled and honored to have such a tremendous network. I even picked up a small freelance assignment, and I’m willing to blog for food. (Just kidding! Have to keep a positive attitude, you know.)
During my last search — the one that launched The PRDude blog and catapulted me into the blogosphere — I learned a great deal about life, myself, public relations, digital communications, the value of networking and lots more. How long will it take to land that next great public relations job? Not sure, of course.
But this announcement earlier today from the U.S. Department of Labor certainly is encouraging:
- The nation added 236,000 jobs in February, many more than economists predicted.
- The national unemployment rate declined to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008.
That’s a direction the job market needs to go, and even Wall Street continues to respond as the Dow charges ahead and will surely end today on another record day of trading.
What are your thoughts on the employment market? Tell me in this very short poll:
I’ll share results next week. Rest assured, I don’t plan on competing with the Gallup people.
If you are new to launching your own search for that next great job in public relations — or another field — I offer these pearls of wisdom:
- Smile. Find a reason to smile everyday. If you’re reading this, you’re probably better off than most of the world.
- Help. Ask for help, and offer it. You’ll be surprised at how many people are will to assist you.
- Meet. Get out of the home office and meet people. Attend networking events. Volunteer. Join a group.
- Integrity. Never compromise your integrity for any reason. Period.
Okay. Breathe and exhale. Take on the next challenge. I plan to.