Career Minded Vs Job Minded

What’s your passion? Are you career-minded or job-minded?

A job is merely putting on your (ever-revolving) hat for the day and punching the clock; time in and time out. You do what you’re supposed to do and then go home. More often than not, you’re able to leave work and all its problems at work and become the person you are when you’re not at the daily grind. You probably don’t particularly like what you do, but it provides a paycheck which pays the monthly bills.

Having a career is on a different spectrum. It means doing something you really like, or even love, every day. Your heart goes beyond the typical 9 to 5 routine and you even care about what you do. Your mind is constantly turning, even during off hours. You think of ways to improve certain aspects of what you do and hopefully, it’s even a bit fun. A career is often what is worked on until retirement.

So many people attend college and have the student loan payments to prove it. They attended classes, for years, and work in a completely different field. That’s the job side talking out loud to you. It’s shouting, in fact. It’s telling you to move on and do something inspiring. The folks who put in the time at school and continue on to the career of their dreams have the mindset of a bright future.

How do you find the career of your dreams?

Use online tools to help find your dream career. Taking tests where you answer questions about what you like to do, about your personality, your experience, etc. is a great place to start.

Hit the search engines to see what is popular in the workforce. Some websites will provide information such as salary when it comes to your new career from entry-level to management.

Some employers are willing to hire individuals without experience for a lesser salary and offer to pay tuition costs for classes. It never hurts to ask. On the other hand, many places won’t hire you without experience. You can offer to work as an intern or volunteer to gain the experience necessary to get your foot in the door (or further in the door).

It pays to do the research. Making a career decision is something you’ll deal with for the rest of your life. Rushing into something new because you hate what you currently do may have you right back where you started. Your new career, and the steps leading up to landing it, can be stressful. It’s important to take care of yourself during the process.

Some people only dream of having a career. It’s up to you to live that dream.

5 Ways To Navigate The New Job Market

The latest jobs report published stated that 80,000 new jobs were added in October. This is great news but we are still strapped with an unemployment rate of 9.0%. Depending on which Job Board you look at there are quite a number of job opportunities listed so the question remains how do you navigate the Job Market?

Before the explosion of social media and high tech search techniques submitting your resume and waiting for a response from a prospective employer was just about all you had to do. Those days are long gone and new techniques have to be employed in order for you to increase your opportunities. Let’s face it; there are no magic bullets that will land you a job, but there are certainly steps you can take to improve your chances. We outline 5 ways to navigate the job market to shorten your new career search.

1. Develop an On-line presence. It was recently reported that 86% of Recruiters utilize social media to identify job candidates. You should develop a professional profile on all the popular social media sites. Sites such as LinkedIn™ offer you the ability to not only list your profile but also to network with professionals with similar backgrounds. Facebook™ is also excellent for you to develop a professional profile to communicate with your friends and family about career opportunities.

2. Referrals. Referrals from employees, alumni and others represent approximately 27% of positions filled by companies. You should immediately reach out to friends who work for companies you are interested in. Be sure to let them know you are in the job market and provide them with a copy of your resume [electronic preferred]. Employers always reach out to employees first before posting jobs on job boards or seeking the assistance of recruiters.

3. Job boards. There are many popular sites companies use such as Career Builder™, Monster™, DICE™ et al. These sites are used by companies and recruiters to identify candidates who are in the job market. If you utilize any of these sites be sure to regularly update your resume as some companies use date parameters when sourcing for candidates.

4. Resume Marketing. Resumes were once considered a document to list your work history and education information. Resumes are now viewed as your most important marketing document. This document should now include a value proposition statement and documentation of past performance and results. Your resume is literally the one document that prospective employers look at to determine if they want to consider you for a phone screen. It must be tailored specifically to the job you are applying for. Be sure your resume is well written and keyword rich. Keywords are usually found in the job description and prospective company’s mission statement.

5. Persistence and patience. It was recently reported that professionals can expect to spend an average 44 weeks in the job market. Knowing that there are many qualified professionals just like you looking for work you have to look for ways to gain an edge. Just like the profession of sales; the job search is also a numbers game. You have to understand as well that it is a full time activity and in order to shorten your job search time you have to work hard at it.

As the economy begins to improve more companies will be looking for qualified employees. Be mindful that today’s employer is very selective and know that they have many choices of qualified candidates. Knowing how to navigate this tough job market will help you find that new rewarding career.