Monday, September 17, 2012, AM | 2 Comments
Many more folks are still out of work and are actively looking for jobs. There are certain steps you can take to succeed in getting a decent job in your own field. You should take charge and be in control of your professional life.
Do a methodical search and keep all records of what you do. Try to be cool in all circumstances. If you have anger problem, solve it. Get rid of the anger inside you. Anger can be the biggest culprit against your success.
The following are some of the steps you can take to acquire a job:
Freshen up your old resume
Old-fashioned resumes are out. At many companies and websites resumes are stored by keyword, so arrange yours to exhibit your skills. Don’t focus on your responsibilities, focus on what you have achieved.
Most people do not think in terms of quantified achievements when they are in the job. However, on the resume, that can be the only part of the job that matters.
Freshen up your old self
Markets and industries are constantly changing. Stay up to speed. Budget some time toward continuing your education. Avoid stagnation in experience as well. Actively seek out new opportunities in your company.
Initiative produces results
When you notice changes at one of your target companies – it’s going after a niche market, opening a new division, launching a new product – send them a proposal telling them what you could do to make it happen.
Stay a step ahead
If you think your job will be eliminated, get moving now. Waiting will not make it better. Launch a job search from a cold start, and it takes seven or eight weeks to get up to speed.
Look in your own company
Take a look at what might be available around you. You are already in the doors, it’s the easiest way to advance your career.
Be different and better
Anything you can do to differentiate your resume from every other applicant’s is a huge help. Learn a language, get new skills, earn a higher degree, list your leadership accomplishments.
Become an expert
Whether it’s a critical language, new regulations or a complicated computer program, find an area in your company or industry where there is a knowledge gap and become the expert on that topic.
Change is the only constant. Gone are the days when you worked for one company for 50 years, climbed the ladder and received a gold watch at retirement. Today people change jobs every four to five years and have several careers during their lifetimes. Gear up for a career change a year or two in advance.
Get a life
Don’t become trapped by the long hours in the office or looking for a job. Sports, hobbies, and community service are great opportunities to market yourself professionally, but even more importantly, they are better for you personally.