Finding work that's more than just a job

10.15.2012


Private sector workers who were let go during the Great Recession appear to be looking for work that puts a focus on value and purpose, as opposed to just finding a job that pays the rent, according to the Albany Times Union. 

Dan Moran, president of Next-Act Career Management Transition, said he has seen a major increase in the number of people hoping to embrace a new career that isn't based solely on a paycheck.

"More people are saying they want to do something with a sense of meaning and purpose," Moran said.

This was certainly the case for Ron Zinoman, who took a job with the New York Center for Disability Services 28 years ago, and said it may have been the best move of his life. Now, he is in charge of recruiting for the center, which currently employs about 2,400 people.

People who are job searching are increasingly gravitating toward non-profits like the Center for Disability Services, considering hiring for government jobs - which have historically been a reliable career choice in capital regions such as Albany - isn't as strong as it once was.

Nebraska's Bellevue University recently held an annual worker attitude survey, and noted that 47 percent of respondents said that they were going to take a second look at their career paths to determine if their current choice was the right fit. This was more than double responses from previous years.

"More people want to do what they want, rather than what they may have felt they had to do," Moran said, adding that his businesses has seen such driven job seekers countless times.

Once a job seeker decides to pursue a rewarding career, Moran said, there are a few must-dos to ensure an effective job search. First, identifying a realistic budget is key, and outlining how much they would "really need" to be content. Often, people overestimate what they need to earn to meet their lifestyle goals by as much as 25 percent, he said.

According to the news provider, in the Albany area alone, there are more than 1,500 non-profit companies, meaning there are plenty of opportunities for employment. These organizations typically look for people with skills to match the job, since the tough economic times have led government funds to shore up, driving a need for creative ways for nonprofits to keep costs down.

Volunteering with a nonprofit is also a great way to spend time during the job search.

"It looks good on a resume, and is a great way to make contacts," Moran said. "It is all about networking."

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