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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 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 : 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?

Via Think Advisor : Risk Taking Is Crucial to Career Growth

Planning for risk results in confidence that will enable your career to flourish.

When it comes to our careers, we hear it all the time — Don’t be afraid to take risks! Step out of your comfort zone! But what do we mean by risk? And why do we have to take risks? Shouldn’t we be trying to avoid risk?

The truth is, when it comes to our careers, risk taking is crucial to growth. That doesn’t mean, however, we should dive into a situation without first accessing our surroundings. It’s crucial that we plan and prepare for risk. Much like finance, when it comes to our careers, it’s not about taking the risk, it’s about how we manage it!

Throughout my life, I’ve been fortunate enough to live on four different continents, which has provided me with a unique perspective when it comes to managing risk. While living in Budapest during the Serbian War, my husband Daniel and I had an exit plan in case gas was dropped on Central Europe. Planning for your life provides you with great perspective not only when it comes to managing business risk, but also, what’s important when starting a business and hiring employees. The people of Budapest had a certain survivor’s mentality that made us realize there is more to life than just work.
Living abroad also provided me with people skills that I may not have developed if I’d only worked with people who looked, talked and acted like me. While working in Hong Kong, I worked with and managed a diverse group of people from all different backgrounds. As a way to promote good energy, some members of the staff wanted to slaughter a pig for lunch, which was part of their everyday culture.
As you can imagine, not everyone at the company was comfortable with this, so, as management, I had to walk a fine line. I couldn’t alienate those employees who wanted to slaughter the pig because to them, it was completely normal. On the other hand, we worked in an office, not a butcher’s shop.

After much back and forth, we eventually decided on a way to appease everyone involved by bringing a previously slaughtered and cooked pig in for lunch, while giving others the opportunity to take their lunch at nearby restaurants and cafes. Obviously, this is an overly unusual story, but it was these types of experiences abroad that provided me with the necessary skills to work with and manage all types of individuals.

“Stepping outside of your comfort zone” does not mean you have to live abroad. While it can provide career-defining lessons, there are other ways to push yourself career-wise. At some point, you may take a job where you don’t necessarily meet all the qualifications, but just because you don’t know something, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the opportunity. Sure, there will be times where you’re overwhelmed, but it’s all about how you approach and work through each situation.

My mother, who owned her own business during a time when there weren’t many women-owned businesses, always told me to walk into a room like I owned the place. That advice has stayed with me throughout my career. From the time I began as a sales assistant with Morgan Stanley, to being named a vice president at Lehman Brothers in Hong Kong, through co-founding six different financial services businesses (where I actually did own the place), I’ve always approached every situation with confidence, knowing that I belong.

Sure, finance has historically been an industry dominated by men, but women have just as much ability to break in and drive the industry forward — it’s about confidence!

Moving jobs, accepting promotions and getting outside your comfort zone are risks that lead to career success, but it’s imperative that you properly prepare to approach each situation with confidence. Planning for risk results in confidence that will enable your career to flourish.

Via Askmen : Common Career Advice That’s Totally Wrong

Job hunting is not for the weak of heart – especially if you’re not currently employed. Heading to interview after interview, writing meaningful cover letters, and trying to sell yourself day after day can be exhausting, and really takes a toll on your mental health and self confidence. It doesn’t make it any easier when friends and family start to offer unsolicited advice, either. How many times have you been told to fake it until you make it, or that work is work and you should just settle with whatever pays the bills?

This common career advice, well, kind of sucks – and while getting advice on your impending job search or climb up the corporate ladder can be useful, there’s a lot of not-so-great advice and clichés floating around out there that you definitely don’t have to listen to. That’s why we asked a handful of career coaches and employment professionals to share the worst career advice you can give or get – and you’ve probably heard of most of these before.

Fake It Until You Make It

“One of the oldest pieces of advice there has always been is ‘fake it until you make it.’ Though this is a great way to think in terms of confidence, it’s frowned upon when submitting your resume/application or during formal interviews,” says Ciara Van De Velde, Client Engagement Manager at Employment BOOST. “For example, stating your expertise for technical skills such as programming languages can affect daily processes and result in difficulty completing tasks or, in some cases, lead to termination.”

Instead, Van De Velde says you should be honest about your background. Though you may be determined to find a new position, finding one which you are not efficient in will only set you back in the long run. If you find that your desired position/career path requires a specific skill or proficiency, it may be beneficial to consider taking on courses to help you to succeed in the future.

Just Follow Your Dreams!

“This sounds nice, and people want to believe it,” says Sean Sessel, Director at The Oculus Institute. “However, life isn’t a Disney movie. The truth is that following your passion often requires a great deal of work, especially when it comes to learning how to market yourself, sell products/services, and break through internal mindset issues. The starving artist doesn’t starve because he’s an artist; he starves because he doesn’t know how to sell his art.”

Work Should Be Work

If anyone ever tells you that trying to find a career you enjoy is a fantasy subscribed to by lazy or idealistic fools or to just focus on making as much money as possible, feel free to ignore them and walk away. “This bad advice is commonly perpetrated by people who have given up on their dream, and they console themselves by telling themselves that it’s impossible. In reality, it’s very possible (15% of people enjoy their work, according to Gallup); it’s just not easy,” says Sessel. “The people perpetrating this often point to people who have failed as a result of buying into the ‘following your dreams’ advice as evidence, but then ignore the 15% who are thriving and happy.”

You Need a University Degree

“The one piece of career advice we hear that is very dangerous and wrong is that you need to go (or have gone) to university to get a great career,” says Freddie Chirgwin-Bell, Marketing & Communications Executive at Morgan Jones Recruitment Consultants. “This is not true and in fact bad advice as your work experience and job-relevant skills vastly outweigh what qualifications you have. Having a successful career does involve a certain amount of education, but that can be learned through in-house courses, apprenticeships, vocational courses and colleges and even self-education. The best decision you can make is to ascertain what you want to do as a career and pursue the qualifications that are the most relevant to that path.”

“You’re Doing Great – Keep It Up”

“The most frustrating – and persistent – advice I hear is a variation of ‘keep chopping wood.’ There are several other ways people give this advice, such as, ‘keep doing what you’re doing,’ or ‘you’re doing great, don’t change a thing,’ or ‘we love what you’re doing, keep it up,’” says Albert Ciuksza Jr., Career Coach at Solutions 21.

According to Ciuksza, there are two problems with this advice. First, it deprives professionals of crucial performance feedback that can be career-changing, especially for those early in their careers who are just forming work habits. Second, it’s demotivating for the person who is trying to figure out how to enhance their career. Ciuksza says to get better advice, ask more specific questions – perhaps about part of a project or a point in a presentation. That way, someone has to consider what feedback they give, and the person gets something more concrete and actionable.

Avoid Looking Overqualified

“As a recruiter, I have over time been confronted with a number of applications and resumes that simply do not stack-up. A quick conversation with the candidate has revealed they decided not to include their degree education,” reveals Simon Royston, Managing Director of The Recruitment Lab. “It leaves me baffled but I am always told the same thing; that ‘friends’ have said not to include the information because it makes the candidate look overqualified for the role they are applying for. Instead, they have an application with a 3-4-year gap on it, which leaves employers wondering if the candidate is completely unemployable or has just been in jail!”

According to Royston, having a degree does not make you overqualified, especially given the high number of graduates now entering non-graduate roles. “You have worked hard for that academic achievement, show it off, be proud of it. Do not hide it away. For one thing you could be shutting down opportunities and offers from an employer that could be earning you a higher remuneration and a steeper career path.”

Everyone Else is Competition

According to John Crossman, CCIM, CRX at Crossman & Company, “You are in competition with your fellow students” is one of the worst mindsets to have when it comes to job hunting. “It’s often not true and even if it is, you can’t control it. Some of your fellow students will be co-workers, vendors and clients. Looking at your contemporaries as competition is a negative outlook and produces jealousy, envy and depression,” he says.

Instead, focus on networking and supporting those around you. You never know when someone you came in contact with will extend an olive branch and actually help you with your job search – even if it’s years down the road.

Sell Yourself

“All job-seekers are told that it’s important to ‘sell yourself’ in a job interview and this is horrible, mindless, garbage advice,” says Rafe Gomez, co-owner of VC Inc. Marketing. “Why? Because a prospective hirer isn’t interested in you as an individual as much as he/she is interested in finding an employee who can help make his/her business thrive – and also make his/her department shine! So instead of ‘selling yourself,’ you need to sell your ability to deliver the exact solutions that a company is looking for to meet its needs, overcome its challenges, and achieve its goals.”

How is this done? By presenting anecdotal evidence and factual, data-based examples of how you’ve delivered such solutions throughout your career. If you can explain and validate how you can make a company money, save a company money, and/or improve its image in the marketplace – and those benefits are in line with what the company is seeking – you will get hired.

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