The “Bridge Job Strategy”: Part 1

Monday, June 4th, 2018 | Posted in Blog, Ford Myers

In Part 1 of this 3-part video series, Ford R. Myers, Award-Winning Career Coach and Author, discusses how the “bridge job strategy” help you achieve your career potential.

Watch the video above, or read Ford’s interview below with guest Susan Fletcher:


For those of us who aren’t familiar with the term ‘bridge job’, please tell us what that means.


So a bridge job is literally like it sounds, it’s a bridge between where you are in your career and where you want to go in your career. So for example, let’s say you have a job and you get laid off unfortunately, and you’re looking for another professional position in the same field, but you have a gap, how are you going to fill that gap? You still might need to make money. You still might want to get out of the house and go to work just for your sense of pride. So the bridge job is literally a bridge that takes you from the older position into the newer position.


All right, that being said, what you just explained, does a bridge job need to be directly related to the career I’m in? For example, if I’m a teacher, I get laid off, but I can get a job at Walmart for six months, would that be considered a bridge job?


It can certainly be a bridge job, yes. Ideally, okay, in a perfect universe, you would want your bridge job to be perhaps in your same field, maybe a little bit lower level, while you’re looking for a higher level position. It doesn’t have to be though. It can be in any field, doing anything. In other words, as long as it is decent work with a reasonable pay and it serves your interim needs, then I think a bridge job like that could be fine.


Besides wanting additional income, what other reasons do people take bridge jobs?


Well, even if you don’t need the income, some people just like to get up and go to work, they like to feel that sense of accomplishment, the sense of pride, contributing something to the world. So that’s another reason why people might want to take a bridge job.


My husband actually had a bridge job. His bridge job was just getting up, putting on a suit, and going downtown and pretending like he had a job. But it’s a similar concept as what you said, because really it’s that routine, those habits that you stay in that a bridge job can help.


It can, yes.


Even though it wasn’t really a bridge job. I’ve heard, and you’ve probably heard this, it’s easier to find a job if you have a job. Would that be an advantage of taking maybe a lower position until you can get back into the career you’re trying to get into?


It could be. I don’t think the main purpose of having a bridge job is to just make yourself look good for the next employer, you know, as you said, it’s easier to get a job when you already have a job. I don’t think that’s the main purpose, but it can be an added advantage.


How do you decide what type of bridge job to pursue? If I’m going out, how do I decide, okay, do I go to retail? Do I try to maybe volunteer somewhere and hope that lands into a job? How do I decide the best bridge job to take?


Well, I really think it’s a question of what’s available. It’s not so much about getting the perfect bridge job with the greatest pay, with a fancy title. It’s just about staying working, staying busy, and bringing in a few extra dollars. So take what’s available as long as, as I said before, it’s decent pay with decent work, that’s good enough.


What if they say, “You’re overqualified”?


Yep, that does happen.


How do I handle that?


Well, sometimes we’ll do something with the resume where we create a second version, which is more simple, more streamlined, even lower level, and we’ll use that as their primary marketing tool, instead of their very lofty, beautiful, professional level resume. So you can actually have a separate resume, some people call it the dumbed down resume, to make it more appropriate for a lower level position.

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Career Success and Job Search Expert, Ford R. Myers

Ford R. Myers is an award-winning career coach and President of Career Potential, LLC. He is author of the best-seller, Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring. Ford’s firm helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! He has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation’s largest career service firms. Ford’s articles and interviews have appeared in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, television and radio networks. He has also conducted presentations at many companies, associations and universities. Learn more at or contact Ford directly at 1-800-972-6588.

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