Let’s face it: gone are the days when employees specialized in a certain area and stuck with that – in a single industry – for their entire careers. But unfortunately, many of us haven’t been trained in more than one area. Maybe you are coding whiz but you know nothing about finance. Maybe you’re great with data but really haven’t ever perfected the art of grammar and spelling. It can be tough to hone a new skill if you’ve been out of school for a while, but, if you’re looking to advance your career, adding even one of these 7 skills to your arsenal may be just the extra something you need to get your next position.
There is the well-known saying: You’re never too old to start something new. It is important to be happy with the work you do; however, it could be challenging to find a job that is a good fit, especially after spending many years performing duties that you have grown accustomed to.
As people are living longer and maintaining active lifestyles, more people are choosing to remain in the workforce past retirement. In 2014, 23% of men and 15% of women ages 65 and older in the United States were still employed. (Suggested Reading: Fact Sheet: Aging in the United States)
For seasoned workers choosing to find new careers, they may encounter challenges with job search as technology is continually advancing and younger generations are taking over the workforce. The Baby Boom (individuals born between 1946 and 1965) led to a significant increase in the U.S. population. Members of this generation were more likely to learn about new jobs from someone they knew at a company while Gen-Xers were likely to utilize recruiters and staffing agencies and Millennials were using third party websites and online job boards. (Suggested Reading: Understanding Baby Boomers At Work – (How a Person’s Age Affects Why They Change Jobs)
You’ve been in the workforce for a decade or more. Maybe you’ve worked for the same company the entire time, or perhaps you’ve moved around a bit (or even a lot). But you’ve begun to feel like you’re not in the right place. If you’ve started to think about a career change and you’re over 30, there might be a number of things holding you back from taking the leap. But, whether you know it or not, you’ve got a lot of things going for you, too. Here’s our list of skills and experiences you’ve likely gained by the time you’re 30 and why they make your 30s and 40s a good time to make a career change.
You’ve probably never thought to yourself, “I want to have a really dangerous job.” But if you knew that job came with a hefty paycheck, would you be willing to risk it? How big of a paycheck would you need to, say, swim with sharks every day? Or handle venomous snakes? Or play with wild tigers? Granted, none of those “jobs” are on the most dangerous list – and some that are might surprise you. But we wanted to know: what dangerous jobs might actually be worth it?
Remember when you were a little kid and your parents told you that you could be anything you wanted to be when you grew up? And then sometime in your teenage years, reality came crashing in. You didn’t have the perfect eyesight needed to become an astronaut. Your singing ability wasn’t going to land you a gig on Broadway anytime soon. Your lack of natural rhythm made you an unlikely candidate to become an international rap star. You realized you were never going to grow those 4 extra inches you needed to be even a 10th round draft pick in the NBA or land an audition for the Radio City Rockettes. Let’s face it: your parents lied. We are, unfortunately, limited in what we can “be” and do.
As the U.S. job market nears full employment, many job seekers are scratching their heads wondering why their own efforts are not generating numerous interviews and desired employment offers. After all, with the official jobless rate at a 9-year low, now should be one of the best times to begin a job search.
You should always have a second set of eyes look at your resume, but there are certain things that the average person may miss. While some people may have someone completely write their resume for them, that’s no necessary. You want sound like yourself. Still, having a professional look over and edit your resume could help you get a new job even quicker. Here are some things a pro will catch that you might not see.
First and foremost, you want to make sure your resume has absolutely zero grammatical errors—no spelling mistakes, no improper word choices, no misplaced punctuation marks. Many employers will throw out resumes that have glaring errors on them, so it’s important to get it as perfect as possible. It can be difficult to edit your own work, so having a second set of eyes edit your resume can be extremely beneficial.
Everything in your resume should be consistent, from layout and format to word choice and verb tense. Your font and size should be the same throughout, and if you use bullets on one section, you need to use them on all sections. If you decide to end one bullet point with a period, you need to end all of them the same way. When listing your roles and responsibilities on your resume, your points should all start the same way. There are a lot of little details that can be easy to skip over, so it’s worth getting your resume looked at by someone trained to notice those things.
An Outside Opinion
Many people who edit resumes are professionally trained to do so and some of them have also been involved in the hiring process in the past, so they know what employers are looking for on a resume. They make suggestions on how to word or phrase things, how to structure your resume, and what to include or leave off.