The first post that I published last year addressed what seem to resonate with job seekers the conversation your future self needs to tell your present person. Did you include career goals along with your life goals before January 1? Do you have a clear path going forward? What do you need to tell your future self?
What would you tell your future self about today’s job market? Would you emphasize how hard it is? Or share how you overcame the challenges of changing your mindset?
1. Be a perpetual learner for life as a way of life, not just to get a job
When I travel, I get nervous if there are no signs telling me what is coming nor where I am going. It is likely that I will get lost. When you are not perfecting your craft, profession, or career, you don’t have direction.
Taking a certification class gives your career direction of where it’s heading. Employers immediately recognize that a job seeker is serious about his or her career. People who find professional training useful for his or her lifestyle inspiring become motivated to grow. Does your career possess professional growth?
2. No online presence, or an undesirable online presence is a liability
A job seeker’s competition has at least a static website with their name as their domain title http://igotthisman.com. It is not the approach that I subscribe or counsel, but many job seekers attempt to enhance his or her online profiles. I recommend a blog that you can update at least once a month displaying your experience and skills.
The blog essentially can replace your resume and demonstrate the power of your skills. What keeps you from developing an online presence? Without one it‘s hard to get noticed. An undesirable online presence that displays your social negative exploits disqualifies you. It’s easier in most cases to get out front with a positive one.
3. Competition is fierce battle. Love the battle!
If you want to stand out, why not enter professional competitions in your industry? Contests are valuable learning experiences and tests your skill sets. Success in these competitions provides separation between you and most job interview candidates. This adds standout skill sets to your resume and possibly validate your career expert status. Do you compete in career related contests? Does competing in contests enhance your career?
4. Research the job and the job promotion you desire
Career experts agree that finding information about the culture, job duties, and the company is a sound competitive strategy. The next step is understanding how to get there will give you a competitive advantage. Employers like when professionals are self-motivated by challenges, resilience, learning, and everything else beyond the paycheck.
5. Soft Skills still rules and matters at every level
Soft skills are underrated yet so highly valued among high-profiled CEOs and managers. Soft skills directly affect the way customers and team collaboration functionality. Present these skills evident in your soft skill arsenal, and employers will take notice.
69% percent of all first-time hires were losing their jobs because of a lack of soft skills.
–Georgia Department of Labor. Workforce Solutions Team, 2012
6. Job Search + First 90 days after hire= A complete job search
The eagerness and urgency place while looking for a job is the space he or she needs to occupy in the brain after hire. Primarily remain in perpetual learning motion and contribute as a result of applying strengths your employer saw in the interview.
Even after the first 90 days you may not be an ideal fit for the position. This is a pivotal time when everyone is watching and deciding how much to engage your presence as part of the team. Similarly to the interview, doing more than treading water is essential to leaving a positive impression the first three months of the new gig.
In rare situations, the new hire will need to abort if the new job doesn’t fit. That is why that 90-day period is also there for the new employee. There are times when an employee misrepresents a position described during the interview/hiring process. Addressing this issue will be to the new hire’s advantage using tact and respect.
What else would you tell your future self? Please share in the comments below.