The news that 78 graduates have had their job offers cancelled by PricewaterhouseCooper’s consulting arm is yet another reminder that the job market is getting tough.
This was just a small drop in the ocean of job cuts that have been announced over the last few months, but in this case the graduates had not even started.
Job losses appear to be biting across the board in many organisations, so there is no reason to believe that the finance function will be immune from the current round of cuts.
It might seem perverse to use the internet for advice on securing your job – the dotcom crash is after all helping to fuel the feeling of impending meltdown in the jobs market – but it is certainly worth a surf to see what you can do to help yourself in difficult times.
Most of the job sites are set up to help you find new work and not, understandably, about how you can stay put.
That said, have a look at www.recession-proof.co.uk. Amid tips on how to recession-proof your house and finances, there are tips on how to protect your job.
The site is not at all flashy, and one wonders what is being sold. Well, it’s the site itself actually, which is owned by the David Carter Consultancy.
The information on the site is not rocket science, but sometimes it is worth stating the obvious.
Some enterprising turnaround specialist might think about spending a few hundred on the domain name.
Of course, you might want to get out of your job before the brown envelope arrives.
www.i-resign.com, as well as being a job noticeboard, gives some very helpful ‘do’s and don’ts’ when you’re thinking of jumping ship.
In particular it looks at the legal consequences of your actions, as well as those of your employer. Help is also on hand for drafting your resignation letter.
The site takes an irreverent look at the corporate job world, including pages on big quitters, how to waste time at the office – probably not a sensible option in this current climate – and how to relieve stress.
Curiously, for the more morbid, there is a death countdown clock.
www.newmonday.co.uk also uses its jobs portal to good effect. Newmonday, which is run by VNU, publisher of Accountancy Age, has several sections on career advice, including redundancy.
There is a live Q&A page, plus tips on workplace culture and job insecurity.
And of course there are plenty of jobs on offer. It is also worth looking at some of the national newspaper web sites for career tips.
The Guardian’s career pages, www.jobs.guardian.co.uk/careerscentre, has regular updates on recruitment issues, is well laid out and features all the job ads in the printed version.
Likewise, The Times and the Sunday Times both have good content on the career sites.
If you can find them, Simon Howard’s weekly columns on recruitment at www.sundaytimes.co.uk give a useful insight into the mind of a seasoned head hunter.
OUR TOP JOB SEARCH SITES: look no further for quality career opportunities
Great name, thin content, but then the site is up for sale. What is there is useful, though somewhat obvious.
An irreverent look at how to quit your job, but has serious articles on legal rights and wrongs.
Recruitment site, with good content on careers advice. Includes tips on how to cope with job insecurity and redundancy.
One of the national newspaper sites, The Guardian scores well with content and design.
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