Last week, I called a friend that was downsized during the Pandemic to find out how he was doing. While we chatted, I opened his LinkedIn profile and noticed it… Read More
Nearly everyone that undertakes a job search wonders at some point what employers are really looking for. Sometimes it feels as if, no matter what we offer, it’s not enough.
I’ve observed that employers and recruiters are looking for three things, in addition to work experience. These are;
1. People and leadership skills, called soft skills.
2. Specific technical skills required for the role, referred to as hard skills, and
3. Post-secondary schooling, or formal education.
The proven way to communicate with prospective employers is through a resume and related materials—job search letters and a LinkedIn profile. Here are some reasons it’s important, in our view, for us to continue offering these documents to employers:
1. The resume is your document, not an employer’s document,
2. Resumes and profiles will provide you with a written “script” for job search and networking contacts, and
3. The thought process will prepare you for all steps to follow.
Now that the worst of the Pandemic is over in many places, you may feel it’s time for a job or career change. Following-up on last week’s blog post on 14 questions to ask yourself about your job, we have some practical steps to take so your transition will be smoother. Specifically, here are a few thoughts to consider:
1. Get your financial house in order,
2. Decide on a career and job target,
3. Research your target,
4. Prepare to leave your current job, and
5. Develop your career marketing strategy.
If you are thinking about a post-COVID19 career or job change take the time to ask yourself a few questions, including;
1. Do you want to pursue a new job, or a new career?
2. What skills and experience do you need?
3. What problems do you want to solve?
4. What are you most proud of in your past work experience?
5. What are 10 job titles that you’d consider pursuing?
6. How much do you need to earn?