Posts tagged #career change

Strategies for Changing Seasons of Life & Career

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Whether it’s personal or professional, change is a constant that we can count on. When we understand that change—like the seasons—follows certain patterns, we can work through the stormy days change with confidence that sunshine is right around the corner.

If you find yourself in a season of career change, you can make the transition more successful by navigating the path forward with a few simple strategies.

Navigating a Seasons of Career Change

Focus – Reflect on your current career. Do you want to make a change? Identify your big picture career goal – where you want to see yourself – and focus on that goal. With a clear focus, you can silence the job search “noise” and stay focused and committed to your goal. You’ll also want to spend time visualizing yourself in your new career. Is the lifestyle a good fit?

Prepare – Does your goal require a new skill or education level? Take strategic steps to prepare yourself for your dream career. Research and identify what’s needed to advance through your new path. Work on building your resume to help it stand out. Gain knowledge by taking a course or earning a certification. Engage with other professionals in the field and work toward bridging the gap between where you are in your career and where you want to be.

Search – A good career search starts with a strong foundation.This is the time to update your job search materials like your resume, references, LinkedIn, and career binder.

Fine-tune a new networking introduction. What’s your 60-second elevator speech? Spending time preparing can be the difference between getting your foot in the door or not.

Take Action – Once you’ve prepared your search, it’s time to take action. Apply to your targeted companies. Leverage your network for more opportunities. Keep your eye on the end-goal and work relentlessly.

Manage & Evolve – Once you’ve landed your dream job and negotiated salary and benefits, it’s time to kick off your new career! But things will continue to change and you must adapt. Make it a habit to check in with yourself and your goals to ensure you haven’t strayed from the path.

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Getting your LinkedIn Profile ready for the New Year

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LinkedIn is the top social network for working professionals. In fact, this recent LinkedIn article published the following statistics:

  • There are 467 million users on LinkedIn across the globe

  • There are 3 million active job listings on LinkedIn

Which means...

...If you are looking for a job, it’s essential to have a LinkedIn profile.

...If you are a working professional, it’s smart to have an updated LinkedIn profile.

...If you are looking to switch careers, it’s critical  to have a strategically built LinkedIn profile.

Resume and cover letter still reign supreme in the job search world, but a LinkedIn profile comes in at a very, very close third. The network provides an interactive, more visual way to show your skills and experience while allowing others to weigh in through on-profile reference recommendations and skill endorsement. It also provides amazing networking opportunities that were impossible before its existence.

With the New Year comes a refresh of many projects and budgets, opening doors for many companies to hire and shake things up a bit with lateral moves and promotions. This is the perfect time of year to give your profile a facelift. If you don’t have an account, sign up at www.linkedin.com.

Here are a few basic tips for updating your profile:

  1. Make sure your profile picture is professional and taken with good lighting.

  2. Update your current position description to be accurate. Include any of the new skills and projects you are currently working on!

  3. Eliminate generic descriptor words and instead opt for words that are dynamic and not over used (like motivate, help, work with, etc.)

  4. If you have new references, send a request asking if they can write up a recommendation to include on your profile.

  5. Look at other professionals in your industry to see if they have included something on their profile that you are currently lacking. Determine if adding a similar element to your profile would help your profile stand out.

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Posted on December 15, 2017 and filed under Search Strategy, Career.

5 Reasons Why "Networking" Isn't Just Corporate Jargon

If you’ve done any research on job search strategies, you’ve likely heard some version of “network, network, network” or “it’s all about who you know.” Have you shrugged it off as being corporate jargon? It’s easy to dismiss suggestions that you don’t understand or that you think aren’t relevant to your particular situation. This tip is one that you should implement into your job search strategy no matter your background or career trajectory. Here’s why:

  1. Networking is easy. It’s essentially staying in touch, and in good standing, with those that you have crossed paths with throughout your journey to get where you are. The engineer that you babysat for in your neighborhood, your high school teachers, college professors, program advisors, extra-curricular club leaders, that scientist you met at a charity dinner, the journalist who allowed you to conduct an informational interview - all of these are examples of people in your network. 
  2. It can be all about who you know. While it isn’t always all about who you know, it most certainly can be. An introduction or recommendation from the right person may just be the extra bump your application needs to get the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager. 
  3. References can make, or break, your job search/advancement progress. There are some references that are just no good: those that are so generic it’s obvious that they don’t know the applicant and those that simply don’t have anything good to say. To ensure a good reference, make sure your network knows you well enough to personalize their recommendation to your strengths. And, of course, make sure they don’t have any bad experiences to share.
  4. Your network is a gold mine of knowledge. Even if your connections consist of a seemingly random assortment of professions, industries and management levels, you have years and years of experience and skill at your fingertips. Ask to hear their stories. Ask questions. Ask for advice. If you’ve built a good relationship with them, they will be more than happy to support you in your endeavors. 
  5. There are always networking opportunities available to you. Networking can be as formal as attending a professional networking event or as informal as meeting new people at the local baseball game. It can take some time to become aware of the opportunities around you, but once you’ve made an effort it will be well worth your time.

What are your networking success stories? Have you faced networking obstacles? We’d love to hear from you!

Posted on September 28, 2016 .

Why You Can’t Just “Wing” The Job Search

There are some things in life that are best, or at least acceptable, when you “wing” it: where to go to lunch, what flavor ice cream to choose, your vacation agenda, chore schedule, and even grocery shopping. Your job search, however, should never be on this list!

If you are just trying to get a summer job in between classes or looking for a side job for extra cash, “winging” it might be acceptable. (I’d argue that even those seemingly menial positions should be on your resume to show your experience/skills/work ethic and therefore should be planned.) Chances are, however, the people that fit into that category aren’t reading this blog. YOU are looking for a stable, fulfilling career path. And that means you need to prepare, plan, and make conscious decisions about what you are looking for in a position. Here’s why:

  • If you don’t prepare for the type of job you want, you’ll end up with a job you don’t like. The chances of just falling into the perfect job for you is very slim. Ask yourself these questions to help guide your search:
     
    • What will I enjoy doing on a daily basis, long-term?
    • What are my strengths and skills? 
    • How can I obtain the skills and strengths I currently lack to secure the type of career I’d love?
       
  • It will be obvious to hiring managers if you aren’t focused and prepared. A vague and unfocused resume will not grab the attention of a hiring manager. And even if your resume manages to land you an interview, it will be very obvious that you aren’t the passionate candidate that was just interviewed an hour before you.
     
  • Without properly planning to find the right job/career fit, you’ll be on the job search again in no time. Either your manager will recognize that you aren’t the right fit, or you will. Searching for jobs is not easy and takes up a lot of time. Do it right and you’ll do it once.

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Posted on September 7, 2016 .