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Via Money : 5 Things to Do Now if You Want a New Job in 2020, According to Career Experts

New year, new you… new job? January is a popular time for job seekers, according to career experts.

“January is the peak month for job searching,” says Daniel Zhao, senior economist at Glassdoor. “In January, there are 22 percent more job applications started on Glassdoor than in a typical month.”

Employers could be on the lookout for you, too. “The beginning of the year is a time when many employers are looking to bring in new talent,” says Michelle Armer, chief people officer at CareerBuilder. CareerBuilder’s own research found that last year, nearly four in 10 companies planned to add to their head count in the first quarter.

So if you’re thinking about starting 2020 with a job change, you’ll have a lot of opportunity — but you’ll have a lot of company, too. Here are the steps you should take right now to make yourself stand out in a sea of applications, according to experts.

Create the best resume — by streamlining it.

It’s a myth that you list every job you’ve ever held on your resume, Armer says. “If you’re 10 years into your career as a software engineer, you don’t need to list your time working at an ice cream shop in high school,” she says. “Dedicate more space to the sections that matter so you can give stronger detail about the experiences you’ve had that make you a strong candidate,” she says, adding that you also shouldn’t overlook leadership and collaboration skills. “Often, employers will give equal or more weight to soft skills like your ability to work well with a team or think critically,” she says.

When you update your resume, start at the top.

“During a job search, hiring managers look at resumes for an average of three seconds before they make a decision on the candidate, so it’s imperative to include impressive statistics prominently on the top,” says Andrew Challenger, vice president at Challenger, Gray & Christmas. So what should you include in your resume, right at the top? Figures or accomplishments you might consider highlighting could include cost savings you initiated, incremental revenue you earned, or productivity improvements you implemented.

Use holiday “down time” to contact hiring managers.

In many industries, the period around Christmas and New Year’s is slow; in fact, some companies may shut their doors entirely. If you’re looking for a job, though, this is no time to take a vacation. “Hiring managers are likely receiving fewer resumes during this time period, so it could be a great time to apply,” Armer says. You might even have more luck getting on the radar of a busy hiring manager if your inquiry or application arrives when their inbox isn’t as full.

Tailor individual pitches for each employer.

“Do your research to find out what jobs and companies are the right fit for you,” Zhao says. “Customize your application to show that you understand that company and its needs. The key, once January rolls around, is really going to be differentiation.” A cookie-cutter resume isn’t going to stand out, but a targeted approach will make hiring managers take notice.

Take advantage of networking opportunities.

“Job seekers should take this time to network with new or existing contacts. Go to holiday parties, go to your friends’ or partner’s holiday parties,” Challenger says. The holidays are a natural time to reconnect or make new connections; use that to your advantage. “People are generally in good moods around the holidays,” he adds. “You never know who may be in the holiday spirit and in a position to help you land a new role.”

Via Forbes : Career Strategies: 5 New Ways To Crush Your Goals In 2020

There are several misconceptions around goals and goal-setting, which is why 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. Want new results in the New Year? Wrap your brain around some new resolutions while you discover how to crush your goals (and that 80% statistic) in the process. Here are five ways to win:

1. Play the Game, Not the Goal: “A goal is not always something to be reached,” Bruce Lee famously said, “it’s often just something to aim at.” For high achievers and leaders, having something to aim at is the first step. Focusing too intently on a goal can actually keep you from getting it. Imagine a field-goal kicker, coming on in the final seconds of a tie game, to kick the winning field goal. His objective is clear: put the ball through the uprights! So, what’s he thinking about? To gain some insight, I turned to a field-goal kicker. I spoke with one of the greatest experts I know: my dad. Phil Westfall kicked and punted for Indiana University, back in the day. He’s seen his share of high-pressure situations (I’m not just talking about the time I drove the Volkswagen into a snowbank and hit a fire hydrant on the coldest day of the year). When it was clutch time in the big game where did he put his attention? “On the ball,” he said, “because that’s the game.” He learned to ignore the stuff that doesn’t matter – the “goals” that were keeping him from being at his best. “It’s not the pressure. Not the coach. Not the crowd. In that moment you can’t care if you hit it or miss it, if you want to be at your best,” he told me. In other words: don’t play the game by looking at the scoreboard. “The way you win,” he said wisely, “is by playing — not thinking about anything other than that leather ball right in front of you.” Are you keeping your eye on the ball, or are you watching the crowd? What are you paying attention to when you should be playing the game?

2. Take the First Step: Sindra is an unstoppable planner — and she’s been trained in SMART goals – so I knew I had my hands full when she walked into my office. “I love to make lists and come up with plans!” she shared, handing me a spreadsheet of her sustainable and measurable goals, including timelines and KPIs for 2020. Unable to hold back, I went straight at some hard truth. Planning isn’t the answer, because ideas without action are just dreams. Not goals. Because real resolutions lead to real action — and outcomes. “But creating the list is what I do best!” she confessed, explaining that it helped give her peace of mind. Stepping into the confessional myself, I said: “Me too!” So I asked her: why are you trying predict step 19 in a process, especially when it takes place in six months and requires a new trade agreement with China in order to work? Here’s why 19 steps looks like a good idea: long lists help us to settle down in terms of our thinking. Stress goes down because our planning goes up — at least that’s how it looks on the surface. In my work with entrepreneurs, there’s one thing I’ve learned: every business plan is going to change. No matter how much thought goes into the plan, the pivot is where the action is. And every business has to shift to succeed! Isn’t that true in life as well? Think about it: Is your life a punch list? Is your career path a straight line to the C-suite? Plan on this: in the game of life, adaptation matters more than memorization. It’s better to focus on the first step and take action on that. Nothing more, nothing less. What does that look like for you?

3. Where Do Goals Come From?: Sindra had a realization: achievement doesn’t come from planning. True, you have to bring your surfboard if you want to catch some waves, she realized, but you can’t plan every move on every wave until you get out into the surf. “Planning can look like its own outcome, or its own reward,” she said, “but action is the only thing that creates results.” Achieving a goal is a series of actions — actions that create the outcome. Plan on taking action if you want to go from a wish list to crushing your goals in the New Year.

4. Fall In Love With Your Goal: It’s not enough just to wish and want, when it comes to crushing your goals. Because wanting something isn’t the same as falling in love with it. There are a lot of things we all want but few things we love. The good news is, there’s no statute of limitations on how much love you’ve got to give. If you care about your resolution, fall in love with it. Amplify it. Care for it no matter what. Dedicate yourself to the tough times, like you would with a child who really needs your help. Treat that thing that you really want like a baby – love it and nurture it and watch that love grow exponentially in every way that you can. Spend time with your goal — you can’t love something if you don’t get involved with it on a regular basis! And, when you love something, that interaction is effortless. Because the way you view your goal is the first step in viewing new results.

5. Make Your Goal Easy: Tim Ferriss asks in his book, Tribe of Mentors, “What would it look like if this were easy?” Your goals and resolutions might be a real stretch for you. Maybe this is the year you want to double your business. Gain new investors. Transform your career. The first question to ask yourself is: “Is this possible?” If other people have done what you desire, then it is. Also, even if no one has done it before, it still is — if you have the persistence and skills to make it happen! But are you at your best when you think a task is complex — impossible — out-of-reach? No. So get clear on the resolution that really matters: make it easy. When I asked Sindra, “What would it look like if it were easy?,” she smiled. She said she wouldn’t need such an elaborate plan if it were easy. Because she’d know what to do. Intuitively and creatively, she’d be living from her heart instead of her head. Would you throw out your plan entirely, I wondered? “No,” she said. “But my plan would get simpler. The steps would be reduced greatly. And maybe then,” she said, taking a deep breath, “I might be able to really fall in love with my plans.”

It’s hard to crush your goals when there’s a metaphorical gun pointed at your head. Doubling your business, shifting careers, opening a restaurant or transforming your relationships: these are things that human beings can do. And inventing machines and apps and devices that have never existed ever in the history of mankind: also possible. What if you are qualified to make the change you seek? That might make it easy, wouldn’t it?

Putting unnecessary pressure on yourself isn’t a leadership strategy. Stressing yourself isn’t the key to crushing your goals — it’s exactly the opposite. Think about it: when are you truly at your best? When you’re trying to figure out what to believe or how to behave or what the score’s gonna be in the third quarter? Crushing your goals doesn’t require you to lie to yourself or try to “pump yourself up” — not if you understand how goals really work. Play the game — play it as it is — and take action! Make sure that adaptability is always written into your script. Flexibility is the foundation of every successful plan. Take the first step towards your goal: fall in love with the process of finding what you want. Because embracing your goal might just be the first step in crushing it!

Via The Ladders : How holiday networking can boost your career

Your job plays a big role in your life. It’s the way you earn money to afford to live the life you want. It has the potential to create great experiences with colleagues and in the work you do.

But it also has the potential to weigh on you, whether it’s working with a challenging boss or client, or realizing the job you do is not aligned to things you really care about.

As we approach the end of the year, you will likely have the opportunity to attend many holiday events that can be great places to network.

So, whether you are attending your organization’s event or events supported by your industry, friends or family, it can provide you the opportunity for you to share your abilities, interests, and goals with others.

Remember that the people you meet professionally and socially at these events have the potential to connect you to new opportunities, expand your thinking about new options or directions, or provide you with contacts who may be searching for someone just like you.

With the expanded contact you will have at this time of the year, both in and out of your organization, consider these tips to get the most out of your networking efforts.

1. Ask more than tell

Asking questions engages and involves people in a conversation, especially when those questions are genuine questions about getting to know others.

Though networking events are designed to be focused on jobs and roles within an industry, attendees still have lives outside of work. Ask about their family or pets. Ask about what they like to do outside of work. Ask about any recent trips they’ve taken (for work or personal).

Sometimes, these questions can inspire greater conversations that otherwise may not have happened.

2. Be an active listener

Networking events are often touted as intimate events giving attendees the chance to meet others in the industry and connect with their peers. But networking events are considered parties for a reason.

There are frequently lots of people and the combination of loud voices and loud music make it challenging to hear – let alone have – a conversation. So train yourself to be an active listener. Listen for key pieces of information when you connect with someone, including their name, where they work and what they like to do for fun.

This not only helps you connect with people at a more human level, but it also opens the door for greater conversation opportunities when there is a potential to connect through mutual interests outside of work. And always remember to get their business card before you leave.

Not only will this help you find them on any relevant social channels later, but it also gives you a cheat-sheet of sorts where you can write down any interesting conversational tidbits you gathered during your time with them.

3. Know who you are

If you were to tell someone your top three strengths – without any advanced preparation – would you know what to say?

Could you deliver those three strengths with great confidence and without stumbling? What are you passionate about? What goals have you created for yourself for the new year? Many people move through life on autopilot, doing the work assigned without much thought as to the impact it has in the long run, both for the organization and for each unique person.

Take some time before any networking event to revisit your list of abilities, interests and goals. You may only have a brief moment to share this information with someone else. Be sure you know how to deliver it in a concise and memorable way.

If your company, industry, friends or family host a holiday networking event, take advantage of it! You’ll never know who you’ll connect – or reconnect – with and what opportunities may present themselves as a result.

To make the most out of your time there, be prepared to share who you are and what is important to you, but more importantly, be prepared to actively listen to whatever information is being shared with you. Listen for new ideas and opportunities. Listen for what great people are doing and contributing.

Listen for what is new and exciting. Expand what you think about, consider and who you spend time with. Your world will increase and with it your opportunities and the ability to show up as your best self.

Via Forbes : Three Tips To Leverage LinkedIn For Your Job Search

LinkedIn is an international professional networking site with over 645 million users. Most people utilize the networking aspect of the site to connect to people with whom they have interacted in a professional setting and to find jobs using the job board feature.

In my work running a career accelerator, my team and I have helped hundreds of people successfully navigate the job search, and in doing so, we have picked up a lot of interesting techniques to speed up some of the processes.

Given how widespread LinkedIn has become, I wanted to share our top three tips to leverage the platform and speed up your job search.

1. Optimize your LinkedIn with a great bio.

Just like your resume, your LinkedIn profile is a recruiter’s first look at who you are. Not only should you have a professional photo and the same name as on your resume, but you should be sure that you include all of your experiences and context for each entry. Unlike your resume, you have unlimited space on LinkedIn, so you can go into more depth on your internships, past positions and projects.

I recommend writing a short and interesting bio because it catches recruiters’ attention and easily sums up who you are and what you want. This bio is a good place to mention that you are actively seeking and explain the types of jobs you are interested in so that it comes up in keyword searches.

Here is an example for a new grad:

“Finishing my B.S. in Data Science in June 2020 at the University of X. Looking for data analyst or entry-level data science positions that combine my interests in machine learning with my love of community-building games.”

Here is an example for someone who is currently working and looking for a new opportunity:

“Product manager with 3 years of experience at an enterprise-level company looking to switch gears and join a mission-driven startup where I can make a difference professionally and personally.”

You should also add more information about your experience and goals in this section, especially if you are looking to transition careers or if you are looking for your first job out of school because your experience might not be as impressive. Telling your story in this section can help recruiters understand who you are and how you can make an impact at their company.

2. Let recruiters know you are open to new opportunities.

After you have optimized your LinkedIn to show who you are and to tell your story, you can open up your profile to recruiters by navigating to the Jobs page and clicking on “career interests.” You will be brought to the career services page, where you can toggle “on” to let recruiters know you are open to new opportunities.

This is a great way for you to see what is out there and take some time out of the search. Recruiters, often third party, will reach out to you using the messaging tool to let you know about opportunities in their pipeline. Because they are often hired by the company and not working for the company itself, the connections might be a little weaker, but it is still a good way to sharpen your skills and get a sense of the marketplace.

Don’t let yourself by tricked by the “Easy Apply” jobs. In my experience, they are the lowest conversion positions because the convenience leads to a surplus of applications. Make sure you diversify where you are applying so that you can get seen by recruiters.

3. Find connections for cold emails.

Job seekers often think that they should only connect with people with whom they have met or interacted with at some point. While that makes for a warmer connection, you can still reach out to people on LinkedIn with whom you have a more tenuous connection.

For example, if you find an alumni of your university who is working at a company you are interested in or an employee who has the same interests, you can still connect.

When you are reaching out to people you have not met, you need to make sure you warm up the connection. Find their email address using a service like Clearbit, and craft a strong cold email. Include your mutual interest in the subject line so you can grab their attention from the start. Then, be sure to keep your email concise and compelling so they read it.

Here are some tips for a good cold email:

• Don’t waste time with fluff. Start by explaining why you are reaching out. Example: “I saw a [position] opening at [company]. I wanted to reach out to a fellow [Wildcat/volleyball lover/etc.] to see if you had time to chat.”

• Give them a sense of why you would be a good asset, but don’t repeat your resume. Example: “In my computer science classes, I have mastered the art of writing clean, people-friendly code, and at my internship at Twitter last year, I learned a lot about the importance of using this code to create a safe community for everyone. I want to continue this work at Facebook, where I know safety is a value.”

• Close with a strong call to action that leads to a phone call. Ask if they would be free for a quick call, and provide two possible time frames.

Using the above tips as a jumping-off point, you can optimize your use of LinkedIn and find a great job faster.

Via Forbes : This Is A Key Step To Making A Fulfilling Career Change

Work isn’t what it used to be. A career change isn’t frowned upon as much. The directors and executive leaders I speak to about career side-steps and pivots tell me diverse experiences can be attractive when leveraged.

You don’t have to stay on a path that’s become dull and dreary. My last job function in the corporate world was as a career change coach. I saw individuals go from engineering to nursing from project management to massage therapy. You know about my story, right – Fashion Promotion to Professional Training and Coaching.

You can reinvent your career by:

  • Becoming a specialist in an area through writing or speaking
  • Getting involved in advising, mentoring, coaching or quality assurance within your current or desired industry
  • Paying attention to your hobbies and turning them into a profession

Those are all things I’ve helped clients with recently.

Let’s go back to that path that’s become dull and dreary. To get from where you are to where you want to be, you need to be self-aware. It’s a key step and an underpinning goal of career coaching. Our influences ought to be considered when we’re in the purist of a fulfilling career change.

The Oxford definition of the word influence is the capacity to affect the character, development, or behavior of someone or something or the effect itself. Understanding your career influences gives you a road map of how, where, why and what you want to do in your work. Your influences also provide insight into what you need from a company to perform your best work. Influences can change over time, and they are sometimes synonymous with your values.

Practical career influences

  • Qualifications
  • Strength-based accomplishments
  • Experiences
  • Physical abilities
  • Money
  • Stability and security
  • Geography

These often help us figure out our choice of job function and industry. Although, in some ways, we’re stuck in the 1950’s with racial biases and inequalities, we have added tremendously to the variety of jobs available. Here is the Department of Labor’s list of employment by detailed occupation with projections for 2028.

Human influences

  • Parents/Guardian
  • Family
  • Partner
  • Friends
  • Coworkers/colleagues
  • Teachers
  • Role Models
  • Leadership

When your career change isn’t aligned with the expectations of your human influences, you’ll need to have a plan for conflict and stress, which might arise. Understanding people influences also gives insight into the type of work environment that would be easy for you to integrate into, be vulnerable in and experience a sense of belonging.

Wider influencers

  • Culture
  • Community
  • Religion
  • Media
  • Gender
  • Social class
  • Political
  • Discrimination

Although these are what I call wider or exterior influences, they can help form, develop and are often cues to our definition and purpose of work. Family is usually a big intrinsic motivator like wider influencers, too.

Intangible influences

  • Energy
  • Time
  • Emotions

As you’ve been made aware of these four influential categories, you can ask yourself:

  • What are my top two influences from each category?
  • Are these the influences I want in my life?
  • How are these influences shaping what I want from my next career move?

And now you’ve spent a moment on a key first step, what’s next for you?