What Does It Take to Get a Job Today? Resume Writer Shares 10 Lessons from 10 Years of Coaching Job Seekers
What does it take to get a job today? This simple question has many answers.…
2020 has been a doozy! “Uncertain” and “unprecedented” could very well be contenders for the word of the year. Collectively, our year in review within the U.S. includes a pandemic and related economic downturn, murder hornets, a Sahara dust cloud, and a presidential election.
Personally, I’ve navigated change on the home front: namely adapting to having my children and spouse at home 24/7 as we work to fulfill our roles as students, workers, and parents. Professionally, this blog has covered a good bit of ground, a success that I want to celebrate with you! In case you missed any of my blog articles earlier this year, here’s a Q&A-style year-end round-up that I hope will provide helpful insight and advice about your top career management questions as you take a deep breath, look to the year ahead, and plan for a strong 2021.
A: There are many options for continuing education beyond the classroom setting (although “classrooms” have also become less traditional due to the pandemic). Non-Traditional Continuing Education to Keep You Sharp lists five options for learning to help you stay on top of trends and deepen your knowledge and expertise, as well as make new connections, gain new perspectives, and show initiative.
A: Routine maintenance leads to good performance for many things—including resumes. To ensure that you’ll always be ready for your next opportunity, in Update Your Resume to Optimize Career Success, I outline a plan for proactively tracking accomplishments, describe how to evaluate your resume’s structure for overall effectiveness, and offer detailed advice for framing and demonstrating your accomplishments and results.
A: It’s imperative that applicants are familiar with video conferencing software so they can approach these types of job interviews with confidence. In Vital Tips for a Successful Video Interview, I offer an array of tips for before, during, and after your video interview to make sure you’re set up for success!
A: It can be a challenge to look for a new job while you’re employed. In How to Conduct an Effective Job Search When You’re Working Full-Time, I share six strategic actions you can take to make sure your job search campaign is focused, efficient, and energizing—not draining.
A: While there aren’t many hard-and-fast “rules” for resume writing, there are conventions you should adhere to. In Avoid These 5 Common Resume Mistakes, I discuss several errors I frequently see in resumes and how to eradicate them, so you can make sure they don’t appear in yours.
A: For better or worse, one-way video interviews are used by hundreds of employers as well as universities to screen candidates. In Ace Your One-Way Video Interview, I provide a snapshot of the advantages and disadvantages of this interviewing method and tips for how to prepare, so they seem less formidable. You’ve got this!
A: This summer, I launched the Informational Interview 2.0 podcast with Kevin Anselmo, founder of Experiential Communications, to address this very question! In this podcast, Kevin and I share insights from our own work as well as wisdom from interviews with career experts and innovators. Propel Your Career with the Informational Interview 2.0 Podcast provides a brief orientation and a link for subscribing (you can also sign up here).
A: It’s true that we live in an age where content reigns supreme, and it’s wise to be strategic when creating and sharing content. In Job Seekers: Demonstrate Your Expertise and Value through Blog Writing, I outline a step-by-step process for writing blog articles that show your productivity and help you increase visibility by displaying knowledge in your area of expertise.
A: Absolutely not! In fact, the pandemic has even opened doors to new opportunities. For instance, more virtual events mean that we are no longer as geographically limited as we were pre-pandemic. In one of my top articles of 2020, 6 Ways to Network “Pandemic-Style,” I list several networking options and address how to navigate networking amid new COVID-19 norms. Don’t let the pandemic stop you from leveraging networking as a valuable tool to proactively manage your career!
A: It’s no secret that I love to learn; embracing the belief that skills and capabilities can be cultivated leads to a whole new world of possibilities because it motivates us to try harder, achieve more, and strive for ambitious goals. In Adopt a Growth Mindset to Forge a Prosperous Career I help you adopt the learning habit by equipping you with ways to build learning into your life as well as how to build it into your schedule.
A: Shifting into a new field or industry can ultimately be rewarding, but it can take a lot more time and effort if you don’t have a clear path for getting there. Luckily, helping people with career transitions is a specialty of mine! In 4 Steps for Transitioning to a Career You Love, I share tried-and-true steps you can take to set reasonable goals and expectations to ensure you’re on the path to a successful transition.
Whether you’re planning a career transition, are currently engaged in a job search campaign, or have other professional goals, you have my full support as we look forward to 2021! In the past year, I’ve been working on expanding my reach and involvement in the career service industry, so stay tuned for more career management content from me in future blog articles. To receive notifications of new articles, please subscribe below!