On Monday my expertise gave sound advice to a group of unemployed at a church employment networking meeting. For once in about a year I felt needed….like my expertise in recruitment was valued again. It was a great feeling!
As fulfilling as it was to be able to offer my knowledge of the job search process to those in need, it doesn’t pay the bills. It doesn’t change the fact that after working in the same field for 15 years, I feel I have been thrown under the bus! Too experienced (employer translation: too expensive).
I am still the same responsible, ethical and loyal person with the same passion to hire quality people as I had when I first started in recruiting. I have the same kind of bills as those younger than me who are on the receiving end of jobs that I once was the primary candidate for.
Is it right or acceptable for an experienced individual to accept a lower level job in order to keep the resume from having employment history gaps? This was the subject of some discussion on Monday.
Honestly, I used to be one of those that believed there is nothing wrong with taking any job because you have to be able to put food on the table. But in this new economy, employers are more careful in their hiring. They have the same amount of work to do; but less resources to do them. Even these employers with the lower level jobs are looking for people who will be loyal and stay for at least 1-2 years. I actually was told this by an employer. But then in a year what happens when you’re in demand again for your specific skill set in your chosen field? I have heard that some employers will walk you out if they hear or find your resume on the street! When did it become a crime to send your resume to another employer? In days of old, keeping your eyes on the job market was a way of finding out your worth.
I could capitalize on my prior administrative background which I left 15 years ago; but then what do I say about the last 15 years? How does that really look to employers? And honestly, I feel like I am doing a disservice to myself and the hard work I gave for the last 15 years. What are your thoughts?