Over the years, I have been quite fortunate. Employment has never been a major challenge.
This last five years, I have hit some turbulence. Two positions in the public sector ended after Federal and Provincial budget cuts.
The road back to permanent employment has been daunting. I am going through some tough times on the career front.
An involuntary job search is daunting.
A good friend of mine told me that it is a tough job market for 40-somethings and offered some advice "Don't take it personally”
A few more interviews with the public sector for positions that I expected to bear some fruit have fallen through. My experience seems to be hindering me from picking up other jobs; employers think I will move on as soon as something “suitable” materializes.
It is getting harder and harder to not take things personally.
I have lost opportunities in the past as a result of my advocacy for issues in the community, but it is hard to imagine that expressing my opinions on a blog has placed me on some sort of black list – but a lot of people are telling me, Peter the blog has to go!
Lots of people have raised the issue of the blog’s impact on my employment potential. What role, if any, has blogging contributed to my current situation? I really cannot say.
I have always acknowledged the concern and said I would sling hamburgers before giving up my right to advocate and speak on public issues.
It would appear my bluff is about to be called.
If you are looking for, or know someone, that may be looking for an experienced communications, policy and project manager with private, public & not-for profit sector experience, let me know.
My policy, communication and advocacy background covers 25 years in the fields of strategic planning, public administration, journalism, public relations, dispute resolution, project management, media and government relations.
In the meantime, I’ll continue to pull together a few short-term contracts and beef up my education in the hopes that my career progression can get back on track and allow me to remain here in Newfoundland and Labrador.