Some professionals who are mid-career find the job search process mysterious, confusing or scary. Most impediments to an effective job hunt, however, are self-imposed. Don’t hold yourself back by your unfamiliarity with the dynamics of today’s market place. The need for talent is still a major driving force. Only the method of finding your next step may have changed. Overcome these constraints:
- You don’t want to move– If you want to move up the career ladder, moving to a new job may be necessary. The supply/demand equation determines the need to move. Objectively assess the marketplace, your job vulnerability and family situation for the next 10 years versus your ambition, the opportunities available and the flexibility of family. Impartially weigh the variables against the upsides and downsides.
- You’re not sure of the first step – The first step is to create a compelling resume that defines your potential contributions. The hiring manager must be persuaded through your resume that you are the perfect candidate. The hiring manager must be convinced that, “This is someone who has what I’m looking for to help me find solutions to my issues”. A compelling resume has measurable results from past jobs that the hiring manager needs.
- You haven’t stayed connected– The best source of information about jobs that are open are past associates who know you, and know what’s going on in the marketplace. You must reconnect if you haven’t stayed in touch: Past bosses, peers, subordinates, vendors, customers, neighbors, professors, or anyone else who knows what you’re able to accomplish and is willing to move your name forward. Use personal contacts and social media to link with new contacts and expand your network.
- You don’t know how to best market yourself – A few suggestions: Join a professional association, write articles about a successful project or a way to increase revenue or reduce cost, reconnect with your alumni association, contact executive recruiters in your field. Meet with colleagues who are in the same field and ask what’s going on at targeted companies and what are the “hot” skills and experiences for which the industry is looking. Send me your resume
- You may not be up to date– Lacking skills, especially in new technology, is sure to be an impediment. Identify the state-of-the-art knowledge, skills and abilities needed in your field to be successful and make sure you’re current. If not, take courses, certifications, on-line programs or seminars to bring yourself up to date. You need the most current tools in order to succeed.
- You haven’t interviewed in a long time– Interviews can be your best friend or worst nightmare. Do research on-line to find the most asked questions. Practice answering these interview questions so you have the best answers already prepared.Do mock interviews with friends or colleagues. Interviewing is the key to getting an offer. I can help you.
Mid-career strategies are critical if you want to achieve your ultimate career goal. Preparation and practice will get you there.
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