I’ll Just Dust Off My Resume and Start Looking

Maybe you’re seeking something new by choice; maybe the unexpected has happened and you’re forced to start looking for a new job.  Either way, like many of us, perhaps your first instinct is to find the last resume you used, update it to include your latest professional position, and start looking and submitting.

But, will this really get you what you’re looking for?  Odds are, no.  This is the career search equivalent of throwing the proverbial wet toilet paper against the wall and seeing what sticks.  It highlights one of the key differences between job search and career management.  These are not the same.

When it’s time to make a change — whether by choice or necessity — most of us think about landing a professional role that not only gets us employed, but that offers at least some degree of professional satisfaction.  Said another way, we want our next job to be not just a paycheck, but a fulfilling role that is aligned with long-term career plans, growth, and (gasp) even some enjoyment.  It can be done!

What’s the missing step?  Consider the critical career management components of assessment and goals.  Many of us make the mistake of heading directly for the resume update in our search process; our advice is that this is not where we should begin. Rather, we suggest going through a thorough an assessment of our past/present/future career path that leads to clearly defined goals.  These goals, in turn, determine our career management and search strategy.  The revised resume is an output of this process. Said simply: When it’s time for a change, our advice is to make sure that “what comes next” is directly aligned to well crafted plans based on where we’ve been and where we want to go.

Firing out an updated resume to online postings is not the answer.  Career management, not just job search, is the ideal.  We’re happy to help.

Where is the Love in Your Life?

Are all hearts and flowers the way you’d describe your job?  Do you spring out of bed in the morning and bolt off to work? When you are having dinner with your other love in your life, do their eyes glaze over because you can’t seem to help yourself stop talking about how terrific your job is and sharing all the details?

If this is not how you would currently describe yourself, but would love to, have no fear. There’s a way to make some changes in your life and not switch jobs or lose a paycheck in the process. Read the rest of this post…

2011… Predictions and Forecasts

Given the new year, I thought I would take a couple of minutes to drag out the crystal ball that I keep in the bottom of my closet, shine it up with some Windex and share some of the insights with you on what 2011 is going to look like from a hiring perspective. Bear with me as I try to get this thing working correctly…

“Crystal Ball:  What is 2011 going to bring us??” Read the rest of this post…

Do You Have What You Need?

Do you have what you need? It’s an interesting question. There is a difference between having what we want and having what we need.  Needs are sometimes a very overlooked requirement for finding a new job.  They are often the cornerstone of what makes us happy in our careers.  You might have a need to be independent or perhaps to be in control, or to be heard, or even to be at peace.  If your job delivers on these important needs which define you, then there is a good chance that you have a high degree of satisfaction in you job.  Satisfaction in the workplace is a key reason why people stick around.   As you may be thinking about what type of job could be the next perfect move for you, take a few minutes to think about what you need in your career versus what you want in your career.  You might be surprised at what you find!

First posted at Capitol Communicator

If it Wasn’t Work, Then it Wouldn’t be Networking…

Thomas A. Edison said it well: “Opportunity is missed by people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

I have to go to a networking event tomorrow night.  The truth is, up and until the event, I dread the thought of going.  But once I get there, meet some really interesting people and feel like I’ve moved my career forward in even some small way, I always leave the event feeling great.   If you are like me, this is pretty typical.  Networking is such an important part of our professional lives, and the fact is, we really can’t afford to not do it.  So, the question then, is, how do we do it most effectively?  Recently people have asked me about the value of networking in their job search, and have asked me for a few thoughts on what makes for successful networking practices. Here are a few rules that I try to live by: Read the rest of this post…