We’ve all experienced a career setback. Maybe you didn’t get the job you wanted or you were laid off due to circumstances beyond your control. But sometimes, these events are just the push you need to make a necessary change.
Whether you’re employed or unemployed, looking for full or part-time employment, in the hunt for consulting or freelance work, or even if you’re not interested in changing jobs right now, taking a systematic approach to your job search is one of the most effective ways to grow your network and prepare for unexpected changes.
Are you feeling stuck in your current position? It’s time to reposition your resume so you can find the job you want. Whether you’re an accountant who wants to go into sales or an operations manager who dreams of being a personal trainer, you face the same challenge: convincing people that, even without the experience, you can handle the new position. Here’s how to position yourself for the job you want, even if you’ve been typecast in the same role for years:
Career advice can be as vast and varied as the stars in the sky. Some comes and goes throughout the decades while others appear to be timeless tidbits of wisdom. Your friends say it, your mother says it, heck, career counselors may even say it. However, that doesn't mean it's always the best advice.
Job hunters and applicant tracking systems are like vinegar and oil. The two can feel like they're almost impossible to mix together.
However, with a bit of vigorous shaking, that vinegar and oil can become a nice salad dressing. To shake up a stalled job search, it's time to stop believing an ATS is your enemy and start understanding how they work so you can use them to your advantage. Getting the facts is a great place to start.
You’ve heard the theory: the more people you ask about job openings, the more likely it is that you’ll eventually stumble into an open position. So you reach out to everyone you know and get referred beyond this circle. But this kind of networking won’t get you much job search traction. Your outreach should be more carefully crafted and executed.
For years Goldman Sachs visited elite schools like Harvard and Yale to interview promising undergraduates in person. Last year, the financial behemoth changed it's recruiting methodology dramatically.