Sunday, November 23, 2008

Career & Job Searching in the 21st Century

Let's be honest... no matter how dissatisfied we might be with our current career path, losing a job through lay offs, downsizing or firing is a painful experience, not just financially, but emotionally. But it is also an opportunity to change our lives for the better. It is an opportunity to look inward, take account of our short-comings, as well our strengths, and to take our career to the next level.

Ask yourself where you want to be in five years. Perhaps your previous job was not the best place to be to help get you there. Look honestly at your skillsets and abilities. Don't be afraid to consider a brand new career path that may utilize these skills in a far more productive manner, that will bring you not only financial rewards, but personal fulfillment as well.

These principals apply even if you are currently employed. Ask yourself if you really see yourself in your current position two to five years from now. Are you really happy to go to work each day? Are you realizing your full potential? Is your job really secure? If the answer to any of these questions is "No", perhaps it is time to take a proactive stance, polish up your resume, search the job listings and take control of your career.

There are numerous tools available on the Internet to help you in your career search. Each of the major job boards... Monster, CareerBuilder, TheLadders and CollegeGrad.com, offer excellent advice ranging from career guidance to resume writing.

Once you've decided upon a career path, the next step is to perfect your resume. www.ResumeBear.com offers an online, step-by-step cover letter and resume builder wizard that will help you create a very professional-looking resume. ResumeBear has also developed a very unique resume delivery system that allows you to apply for a position without attachments, with an online resume that is guaranteed to bypass spam filters and reach the decision maker or HR department. You are also able to track your resume online and be notified if and when your resume was opened, how long it was read and by whom.

At the end of the day, your career is in your hands. Make the most of it.



4 comments:

bobw said...

This is an interesting article that I am glad you posted.

DeadEasy2008 said...

It looks like you have quite a challenge ahead of you - helping people to get the job they want.

You are right, the Internet has changed the way we do everything. If a person isn't taking advantage of all of the resources available on the Internet to get their next job then they truly are missing out. It looks like the ResumeBear is just one (and a very good one) of the many resources available.

There are also many job boards to help make it easier to find the jobs to send your resume to. So if you are in between jobs like I have been many times, use your time wisely and work to make your next job your best ever. If you are working currently, then spend some time to assess where you are in your life and perhaps find your dream job.

Sandra said...

What great advice! So many hardworking and intelligent people are out of work right now, it's always good to read about how we can take these painful times and turn them into positive events in our life. The resources that you mentioned are EXCELLENT!

Gary said...

Sound advise especially in this unstable economy and shaky job market.