7 Skills to Learn Today to Make Yourself More Marketable in Any Industry

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.

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What to Consider Before Changing Careers

 

Are you considering ditching it all and running away to join the circus? Are your dreams of becoming the next great American novelist are just too vivid to ignore any longer? Do you think you could land a spot on the national Olympics team in curling if it weren’t for that pesky day job? Many of us fantasize about what it would be like to make major career – and life – changes, even when we’re perfectly happy with our current careers. But if you’re seriously considering a career change – not just a move to a new company, but a whole new industry – it can be an exciting and scary time.

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Tips for Seasoned Workers Seeking a Career Change

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)

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Why Your 30s and 40s Is A Great Time To Change Careers

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.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs – and Which are Worth the Pay

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?

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Five Dream Jobs to Apply For Today

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.

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How to Land More Interviews (and Shorten Your Job Search)

 

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.  

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Another Vocamotive Success Story

Did you know…

…that, many years ago, Vocamotive developed an internship program with municipal building departments and private construction businesses throughout the State of Illinois? The Building Inspector Internship Program is specifically designed to facilitate the training of injured construction workers to become Building Inspectors, Project Managers, Construction Superintendents, Customer Service Representatives and other professional construction occupations.

This program has been highly successful in reorienting injured workers to well-paying occupations and assisting the men and women Vocamotive has served to develop new careers they did not believe were accessible to them.

Suburban Building Officials Conference, Willowbrook, IL.

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-1-12-50-pmOn December 9, 2016, Joseph Belmonte, creator of the internship program and President of Vocamotive, attended the December meeting of the Suburban Building Officials Conference and had the opportunity to see former Vocamotive client Roy Giuntoli sworn in as President of the Chapter.

Roy originally came to Vocamotive as an ornamental iron worker in need of vocational rehabilitation services. We completed comprehensive vocational testing, job seeking skills instruction, and assisted Roy in the development of computer literacy with Microsoft Office.

Roy then became involved in our Building Inspector Internship Program and we assisted him with obtaining the necessary International Code Council (ICC) certifications.

Vocamotive Changes Lives

With the combination of on-the-job internship experience and certification, Roy became a competitive candidate for work in the industry. He has gone on to become not only a highly competent and well respected Building Code Official with The Village of Willowbrook, but also a solid, forward thinking professional dedicated to the industry and promotion of building code activities that benefit us all in communities which are safer and better managed as a result of the efforts of Building Inspection Professionals.

We want to congratulate Roy on his exceptional achievement. He has demonstrated hard work, dedication and commitment to the development of new skills and experience.

We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with someone of such exceptional integrity, character and commitment and we are proud of what Roy has achieved.

We also want to congratulate current Vocamotive client, Richard Mika, on his involvement in the building inspection program. Richard is currently active in study for International Code Counsel Certification and in professional networking with the SBOC and other organizations. Another Building Inspector in the making!

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About the Author:

Joseph Belmonte, CRC, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and President of Vocamotive, Inc. He is passionate about and committed to providing vocational rehabilitation services and career guidance in order to help people realize their greatest vocational potential. Joe has been in private practice as Vocamotive’s owner for over 20 years and is highly respected among his peers.

Follow Joe on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-belmonte-7b893813

Contact Joe via email at: service@vocamotive.com  

For more information, visit Vocamotive’s website or call (630) 789-2519.

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17 LinkedIn Improvement Tips for 2017

With 2017 rapidly approaching, many professionals are starting to think about finding a new position or making a career change in the New Year. With 87 percent of recruiters using LinkedIn, a fully optimized and updated profile is a great place to begin!

Author’s Note: This article is a complementary piece to the highly praised 17 Resume Improvement Tips for 2017 published on November 22, 2016.

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How Leonardo da Vinci Can Help You Land Your Next Job

In 1482, Leonardo da Vinci sent a letter to the Duke of Milan. The letter detailed da Vinci’s skills – at least, the skills that da Vinci thought the Duke might appreciate. It was, for all practical purposes, a résumé. In fact, while da Vinci isn’t likely to have been the first to come up with the idea (although he did invent an awful lot of things!), his letter to the Duke is the first evidence we have of someone writing akin to résumé. And the funny thing is, it’s a pretty great example of how to write a résumé. So what can you learn from a 15th century résumé? Read on and find out…

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