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Tough times? Great for new job opportunities!

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Most responsible adults tend to prefer security when it comes to their jobs. Yes, we all know that reasonable and informed risk taking often pays off in salary increases, promotions and bonuses, but it’s good to take risks knowing one can (more or less) safely fail. Quitting a current job and getting a new one is generally considered a much higher risk, especially in a weak global economy. So it’s natural for people to want to keep their jobs these days.

But it’s different if you don’t have a job (after graduating from your college or university, or lost a job and are ready to get a new one). Getting a job becomes a priority and the risk profile changes. Now it’s a much higher risk to remain without a job. There are also risks of getting the “wrong job” – one that won’t fill your needs, provide growth opportunities or even last for the time you’d like it to.

The benefit of looking for a job in these tough times is that companies tend to reduce their burden as much as possible, and are thus hiring for the most critical positions only. This means that:
a) if you get such a job chances are it’s a serious commitment for the company to have someone to do the work, so your job security is usually good;
b) the job role may be totally new or thoroughly redesigned, thus providing the successful candidate with opportunities to establish the performance/results baseline and grow from it;
c) an employer will try fill the vacancy as quickly as possible, increasing your chances to get the job even if you’re not 100% fit for the job description (be ready to convince them, though).

Are there any drawbacks? Of course, but from my point of view they are outweighed by the benefits. Expect the workload to be high, Be ready to start performing right away as there will be less chance for a nice and relaxed ramp-up period, the job scope can ‘creep’ adding new things to your plate as you go which weren’t originally listed, etc. But these are just great opportunities, aren’t they? So if you’re ready to work hard to jumpstart your career (or turn it into a new professional field), then apply to hot job postings, especially in times of global economic slowdown. Choose wisely and grab the best opportunity. The ‘hot jobs’ at Intel are just a click away.
About the Author
Vladimir was born in 1977 in Zhukovsky, near Moscow, graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute receiving Master’s degree in Computers in 2000. He started his career in IT in 1991 as a assistant in the compute lab of Tupolev Aircraft Design Bureau. Before joining Intel in 2003 Vladimir held several IT jobs in different companies (ranging from Education to Investment Banking verticals), beginning as a programmer and reaching Deputy Head of IT and Project Manager positions. At Intel he started as IT Construction Project Manager, supporting Intel R&D growth in Russia then transitioned to Site IT Manager for 3 biggest Russian sites in Nizhny Novgorod, Sarov and Moscow, then he joined IT@Intel Program, supporting European Enterprise sales team & Marketing . For over 4 years, from 2007 till 2012, Vladimir was working as General Manager for Intel branch in Nizhny Novgorod. He was responsible for running the operations of the oldest and biggest Intel site in Russia, supporting its continued growth. Since 2012 Vladimir is working as the Risk & Controls Program Manager for Greater Europe Region. Vladimir’s hobbies include teaching (he delivers over 150 hours of trainings at Intel annually), motor sports (rally racing), rollerblading and reading modern literature & classics.