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Posted May 02, 2012 by

Reinvent Your Career and Job Search – Part 2

A great wind is blowing and that gives you either imagination or a headache” – Catherine the Great

Career Alley In Part 1 of this article, we covered reinventing your career (Reinvent Your Career and Job Search – Part 1). Today’s post focuses on reinventing your job search. Similar reinventing your career, there countless reasons why you would (and should) reinvent your job search. Maybe you’ve been our of the job search market for a few years (or longer) and need to adjust to the ever changing online job search process. Or maybe your current job search is not yielding results. Possibly you don’t need to totally reinvent your search, maybe just tweak it. Whatever the reason, today’s post will provide some advice and links to the “how” part. Research – Where do you want to work? – First thing you should do is decide where you want to work (as in the company). You should make a list of the companies where you would love to work. This is, of course, the end result of lots of research. While you probably have an idea of your short list, you will (and should) need to do additional research to build out your list. There are tons of resources for your research. Following are a few links. (more…)

Posted May 02, 2012 by

Reinvent Your Career and Job Search – Part 1

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

Career AlleyI ran into an old friend (metaphorically speaking) that I used to work with very early in my career. We hadn’t been in contact for probably 12 years or so even though we spent 11 years (across two companies) working together way back when. When we worked together, he was not your average guy. He was a very successful business man, near the top of his field. A typical “type A” personality, but if he liked you he would go out of his way to help you. Anyway, long story short, I spotted him on LinkedIn and he then sent a message letting me know the new things he was doing (very different from what he was doing when we worked together). I pressed him a bit for more information on one of his new ventures (because it seemed so different from what I would expect) and he told me that every so often you need to reinvent yourself. And you know what? He’s right. Sometimes we are forced to reinvent ourselves (industries change, companies disappear, skill sets become irrelevant due to changes in technology, etc.) and sometimes change is just part of our natural progression. So, whether you’re reinventing yourself because of your own personal “evolution” or are changing due to a forced “revolution”, take some time to map out the best way to get to your destination. Reinvent Your Career:Before you reinvent anything, the first question you should ask is “why?”. There are millions of reasons why, but in the interest of time, I’ve tried to narrow it down to some of the most common reasons. The second question you should ask is “how?” and there are a few links below to cover that as well. (more…)

Posted May 02, 2012 by

Develop Your Path to a New Career

William Frierson of CollegeRecruiter.comWhat career do you want to have? Not all of us may be sure exactly, but that’s okay. Choosing a career is a big decision, and you should take your time. However, there are steps that can move you in the direction of finding a new career: (more…)

Posted September 15, 2008 by

5 easy steps to start career networking

Studies indicate that the most effective way to find a job is through networking. Trying to shift to a completely new industry? Network. Trying to move across the country to a completely new job market? Network. Trying to get into the hottest company in town or work for the hottest boss? Network. Trying to overcome a perceived deficit in your professional or educational background? Network.
It’s difficult to deny the benefits of career networking, yet career seekers continually ignore this proven method of finding a new job. Resistance to career networking usually is due to an incorrect perception of how to get started, or to a self-imposed barrier of some sort. Try these five easy steps to start your career networking strategy.

Avoid assumptions. Often, the first words out of the new networker’s mouth are, “I don’t know anyone who can help me get to where I want. Everyone I know is just like me.” You might be surprised who people know. Even your closest friends and family members know someone you should meet or someone who knows someone. Don’t assume your current network is full of dead ends.

Begin in your comfort zone. One misconception about networking is that you have to talk with people you don’t know. This is uncomfortable for a lot of people because they simply don’t like talking to strangers or don’t know what to say. Select a few people (friends, family members, co-workers, etc.) you know, like and trust to begin with them.

Identify your goals. What is it you want this year? A new position within your company? A new job altogether? New projects to expand your resume? Knowing what you want to accomplish will help you determine your approach and what to say.

Just ask. Because your first time is always a bit awkward, just make a determination that you’re going to just ask…to meet, talk on the telephone, get advice, or whatever it is you need to do. Once you get over the initial fear and discomfort of asking, it gets easier.

Resolve not to ask for a job. That’s right; don’t ask someone for a job. If you ask someone for something not within his or her power to give you, he or she will be less inclined to want to help you. It’s a common human response: we tend avoid what causes us pain, and many of us equate failure with pain. Rather than asking for a job, ask for information, other people to talk to, or feedback on how people perceive your skills, abilities and marketability. Nearly everyone can successfully give you what you need in these areas.
Following these five easy steps will help you quickly start networking and more quickly find your next job.
Sharon Thomas DeLay is a certified resume writer and career confidence specialist, focusing on interview and networking skills development. Her blog “Inside the Hiring Manager’s Mind” presents practical career advice from the hiring manager’s perspective. Visit Sharon’s website or e-mail her for more information.