The market is recovering, the market is tanking – take your choice.  Now, and for the next year at least, that recovery (if it is really happening) may not make finding a job any easier.  If you’re out of work, what the market is doing may not make much of a difference to you.

About all you can do is make sure that if you’re in the market for a job, you’re in the right market.  These are the key questions you should be asking yourself:

  • Is the market I’m looking in priced right for what I’m selling?  If you don’t know the current value of what you have to offer, how will you know you’re in the right market?
  • Is the market I’m looking in loaded in favor of buyers or sellers?  If all your colleagues have been laid off and no one’s had as much as an interview in months, do you want to consider switching to a market with less competition?
  • Does the market you’re looking in appreciate the intangibles you bring, or does it dislike those special characteristics you really enjoy expressing?  If your best quality is your friendliness, why are you looking at jobs that don’t involve much human interaction?

Whatever market you’re in, I hope it is a free market – one where you have the right to negotiate for your full value even as your potential employer has the same.