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Before You Leave: Tips to Remember Before You Transition Into a New Role

You already accepted another position and your 2 week notice with your current role has been submitted. It is safe to assume you are happy the recruiting process is over, excited for new times ahead, and ready to wrap up the final weeks in your current role.

 

Although your next career move is likely the last thing on your mind, there are a few things you need to remember before packing up your desk that will make future job search much easier.  

 

In addition to the convenience factor, proactively engaging in the following activities could also lead to higher earning potential due to an increased ability to convey your worth on a résumé, LinkedIn profile, or during future interview processes.

 

Use these tips now, and you will thank yourself down the road!

 

Archive Applicable Information:

 

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In your current role, you have surely accumulated quantifiable and qualitative data which demonstrates your work and associated achievements. It is difficult to recall specific information years later and oftentimes uncomfortable or not feasible to contact previous employers in order to obtain such content.

 

Before you transition out of your current role and lose access to everything, do yourself a favor and review your emails, server contents, and hard files.  

 

Having a hard time figuring out what information is important? Think through the following questions to help determine what information may be beneficial to store away:

 

  • How many individuals have I trained, supervised, or led?
  • Have I spearheaded any notable projects or initiatives? If so, what was my budget, what were the outcomes, and how many individuals were involved?
  • How many and which large-scale accounts have I managed?
  • What process improvements have I initiated and what were the results?
  • Have I spurred any cost reductions or revenue increases? If so, how did I do so and by how much?
  • What were my key performance indicators (KPI’s) and how did I measure up against them?
  • Have I won any awards or been formally recognized? When and why?

 

Note: Be sure to familiarize yourself with your company protocol with regard to confidential or proprietary information before collecting such information.

 

Obtain Physical or Digital Content:

 

Depending on your field, you may have physical or digital content that could be utilized to demonstrate your work. Alternatively, it is possible certain documents you utilized or created may be helpful to reference in your new position.

 

Content that may be beneficial to collect includes:

 

  • Articles, publications, or reports
  • Marketing deliverables including ads, flyers, videos, pictures, etc.
  • Sales, client, or internal presentations
  • Performance reviews
  • Charts, graphs, and tables
  • Templates
  • Emails

 

Note: Double check your employee handbook, client agreements, or applicable contracts to ensure you are not breaking any protocols. Assuming you are good to go, make sure to save all applicable files or make copies to take home.  

 

Collect References

 

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Talk to your coworkers, supervisors, and clients to see if they would be willing to serve as references. While you may not need references during another hiring process any time soon, your LinkedIn profile is a fantastic (and public) place to store testimonials!

 

Be sure to send recommendation requests via LinkedIn to obtain testimonials while your professional skills and successes are still fresh on the writer’s mind.

 

While you are at it, obtain their contact information as well. Personal email addresses and phone numbers are important to record for future use when you are in a formal hiring process again.

 

Update Your Résumé

 

Get your résumé updated now with your responsibilities, accomplishments, and applicable information such as job titles, promotions, and associated dates. While you may think you will have no issue remembering this content down the line, many of my résumé and LinkedIn clients can attest to the fact that their memory is not as sharp as they thought years later.

 

Updating your résumé sooner rather than later with hard data and associated skills could lead to increased earning potential in the future due to your ability to demonstrate your worth effectively.

 

* About the Author:

 

Brittney Beck, CCELW is Senior Associate Résumé and LinkedIn Profile Writer and Recruitment Strategist for Vocamotive, Inc. She has an education in strategic communications, as well as considerable experience in writing, career development, and personal branding. Brittney is highly talented in assisting her clients achieve their professional goals and the materials she creates quickly result in interview opportunities. Her dedication to her craft and expert business writing abilities result in top-tier products.

 

Follow Brittney on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/beckbrittney/

 

Contact Brittney via email at: bbeck@vocamotive.com   

 

Obtain professional Résumé and LinkedIn profile writing assistance by contacting Brittney directly, visiting Vocamotive’s website or by calling (630) 789-2519 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Follow Vocamotive on LinkedIn and Facebook and read Vocamotive’s Blog to hear about our latest career and resume development tips and offers!

 

* Research and Editorial Assistance Provided by Adam Zajac, NCRW

 

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Could You Be Swiping Right on New Career Connections?

A Paris-based and New York startup called Shapr has gone on to raise close to 3 million to create a professional networking website for your industry. However, unlike LinkedIn, which is one of the largest networking giants, Shapr is user-friendly on mobile. As a user, you get a chance to go through a list of the contacts that you know and would love to endorse. You can then easily share these contacts with other people in your network to forge connections. 

 

What’s the Story of Shapr?

The brand was founded in the middle of 2014 by Huraux Ludovic, who’s also known for creating Attractive World, which is a French dating site. He has also worked with private entities and startups such as Prezi and Songza.

He says that the idea of the networking app grew from his need to help fellow entrepreneurs connect with more people. He adds that getting connected nowadays is very random and frustrating. Here, you’ll find most networking websites connect you with people who you hardly know or others who haven’t met for many years. Eventually, this hinders proper online and real-time endorsements.

 

How Does It Work?

Nowadays, the Shapr app allows you to choose from up to 50 people who you trust. You can then go on and share your network with them, and they can easily get access to all your connections. Keep in mind that the people who you connect with should only be from your ‘inner circle.’

It attempts to mimic offline introductions by offering five presentations or endorsements each day. As a user, you can view the five matches, and accept or reject them by only swiping right or left using the app. The swiping interface is akin to the user experience of Tinder. If you both accept the match, then you’re connected and able to engage in fruitful conversations!

It also comes with another feature known as the “Shapeline” which provides a more collaborative and public feed. Here, if you are a user, you can share opportunities, advice and further build on your relationships.

The industry operates in an environment where several professional networking applications have tried and since failed. Such companies include Holler, Mingle, and Intro which sadly tried to find new methods of making the networking process quicker on mobile. Similar to Shapr, they focused mainly on shared interests and proximity as a reliable starting point.

So where was the challenge? We found that the problem of using these mobile applications is that they lack certain connections. For instance, you cannot reach out to investors or people having public profile or status. These people normally have many other connections from other connections, and they may not be willing to increase their inbound flow. Eventually, you end up networking with many people, sailing in a similar boat.

But this should not discourage you as not all investors behave in such a way. There are some who value the need to keep increasing their contacts by meeting new people. You just have to keep trying and never give up on your goal!

How Does Shapr Make Professional Networking As Simple As Swiping Right?

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If today you were to ask an average person if they enjoy networking, you’ll probably get a straight “No” or even an eye roll. They find it uncomfortable, painful and a process that lacks genuine connections.

But we now have a reason to smile with this Tinder-like application used for professional and advanced networking. Let us see how it manages to survive in an area where others have collapsed.

 

What Makes It Unique From Other Networking Events Such As LinkedIn?

Some people may invest their time through happy hour events in networking as they try to make the proper value in time and money for their connections. However, the truth is most people dislike all types of networking events.

Here, you’ll find that even the most perfectly organized events in networking may feel a bit forced to an individual who’s used to creating his connections online. This is with good reason – it’s hard to know if the connections you want to make are worth your time.

One of the marketing managers at Citi added that “it’s like walking into a cold room without knowing who is there and why they choose to be there.” Besides, you also have no guarantee that you’ll connect with any person in the company or in an industry that you’re pursuing.

LinkedIn has bridged this gap in several ways for us. Keep in mind that we are the same generation that spends most of its adult years looking for ‘juicy’ details about someone through social media websites such as Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Just like we use our social media platforms, we like context and the chance to give our networking time priority. With LinkedIn, for instance, we can know the history, background, networks, and skills of an individual before even we start talking to them. Unluckily, such comes with its own set of disadvantages. For example, we found that most of us do not like the ‘Who has viewed your profile” feature.

Well as human beings, we are curious creatures of nature, and we love to stalk. Unfortunate for us, we can no longer enjoy these ‘privilege’ with LinkedIn and even in Shapr. You may view many profiles without realizing that the website is notifying them. You’ll only realize this if someone views your profile and you get a notification.

However, Shapr is unique from LinkedIn and other networking websites because of its ability to create brand new connections in an approachable or friendly manner. With LinkedIn, you can only connect with those people you’ve directly talked to or met. If you try connecting with any other person, they may feel awkward or may think you want to sell them a product.

 

The Beauty of Using Shapr

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Shapr is an application that uses a new approach when it comes to professional networking. By applying smart and straightforward algorithm, it provides 10 to 15 profiles of nearby professionals who carry similar interests. We’ve mentioned that it has a similar relationship to Tinder where users get to swipe from left to right to show if they are willing to connect with the other person. If two individuals swipe right, they can now start charting and even decide to meet in person maybe over a cup of coffee!

Although networking can be kind of tiresome and also requires a good amount of energy and time to create successful relationships, Shapr makes the entire process easier. It introduces you to like-minded investors who are close by and would love to grow their online networks. The main app’s goal is to create a networking system that’s inspiring and seamless enough to become a lifestyle!

It’s interested in opening up new business opportunities for all its subscribers. Having mentioned this, they also have flagging features and moderators to make sure that all those pursuing unprofessional connections like selling or dating are reported directly!

Huraux further reiterated that “At Shapr, they aim to create a mindful method of networking.” It ensures that all your business cards reach a wide-range of people. Through creating beneficial conversations, Shapr gives you the first step in creating long-term relationships.

 

LinkedIn or Left Out: A Modern Networking Guide

LinkedIn profiles are becoming more of a necessity than an option in contemporary networking. As each year passes, social media grabs a stronger hold on the business world. Many have heard of the importance of LinkedIn as it relates to professional networking, but may not be aware of the data behind the site. To understand LinkedIn’s impact, let’s take a look at the numbers. The amount of jobs on the site, recruiter’s usage of LinkedIn, and its success compared to other social media sites are all relevant statistics that reinforce the necessity of utilizing the networking tool.

 

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Job Traffic on LinkedIn

LinkedIn’s job search functions are remarkable in that job leads are usually plentiful and high-quality. There are 6.5 million available jobs on LinkedIn to browse.

While this is impressive in itself, the amount of positions available is not what makes LinkedIn useful. The true value of LinkedIn is the instant access and visibility to networks that lie behind an open position.

With over 500 million worldwide LinkedIn members on the site and over 133 million professionals in the U.S. with profiles, job seekers can connect directly with hiring managers for positions found on the site.

The ability to connect directly with a job poster or hiring manager is the true beauty behind LinkedIn’s job features.

 

Recruiters and LinkedIn

Recruiters are the ultimate connectors. While they may not have the perfect role for you at the moment, they are likely to be aware of upcoming positions, other industry leaders who are hiring, or of industry trends for which you should be aware. There is no doubt, recruiters can be an excellent asset in your job search. On average, they have 616 connections on LinkedIn from which to tap into.

Not only can recruiters be your partner in a job search, but they are also gatekeepers. If you fail to pass a recruiter’s initial screening, you may not be considered further. 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to vet candidates and 48% only use LinkedIn for social outreach.

In order to pass their initial test or to attract recruiters when you are not actively searching for new opportunities, keep your LinkedIn profile updated! Keeping your profile, and specifically your positions up-to-date on LinkedIn makes you 18 times more likely to be found in searches.

 

LinkedIn vs. The Other Guys

In the social media world, the top 5 sites are Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram with LinkedIn coming in at number 5. Out of these sites, LinkedIn is the only site that is devoted specifically to professional networking. While companies or individuals may post jobs to other social media sites, data shows LinkedIn as the professional networking leader:

  • LinkedIn receives 3x more job views than Twitter (source)
  • LinkedIn receives 5.7x more job views than Facebook (source)

The numbers make the message clear: having a LinkedIn profile is critical and having an up-to-date profile that is the best possible representation of yourself is imperative. Networking is responsible for 85% of job fillings, and social media heavily influences the world of networking.

 

Need assistance building out your LinkedIn profile? Contact Vocamotive’s writing professionals. Click here for a free consultation.

* About the Author:

 

Brittney Beck, CCELW is Senior Associate Résumé and LinkedIn Profile Writer and Recruitment Strategist for Vocamotive, Inc. She has an education in strategic communications, as well as considerable experience in writing, career development, and personal branding. Brittney is highly talented in assisting her clients achieve their professional goals and the materials she creates quickly result in interview opportunities. Her dedication to her craft and expert business writing abilities result in top-tier products.

Follow Brittney on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/beckbrittney/

Contact Brittney via email at: bbeck@vocamotive.com   

Obtain professional Résumé and LinkedIn profile writing assistance by contacting Brittney directly, visiting Vocamotive’s website or by calling (630) 789-2519 to schedule a free consultation.

Follow Vocamotive on LinkedIn and Facebook and read Vocamotive’s Blog to hear about our latest career and resume development tips and offers!

 

* Research and Editorial Assistance Provided by Adam Zajac, NCRW and Luke Myers.

 

 

 

5 Signs You Would Benefit From Job Search Assistance

Whether you are currently employed and exploring your options or unemployed and looking for a new career, searching for a job can be a long and exhausting journey. In addition, the process can feel futile and frustrating if you are not getting employer feedback, are turned down during the interview process, or are unsure of where and how to concentrate your efforts.

There comes a time during a job search where you may not want or be able to go through the process alone. Time is valuable, so we need to ensure it is put to good use. Not only that, but in certain circumstances, weeks or months without a job can be financially detrimental.

If any of these signs apply to you, perhaps it is time to pursue outside help in order to turn around your job search fortunes.

 

  1. You are struggling to hear back from employers

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You take the time to apply to countless positions, make calls, and network, however, you still are no closer to landing a new position.

A likely correlation to this problem may be that your résumé is not technically compatible or does not showcase your background properly. Many companies send candidate résumés through an applicant tracking system (also known as ATS) before a human being ever reads it. If your résumé is not compatible, it could be automatically moved to a virtual trash bin. Alternatively, if your résumé makes it past the ATS check, but your employment history and associated skills are not appropriately presented, the hiring manager may deem you as unfit after taking a quick glance.

Getting outside help from a professional résumé writer helps ensure your résumé makes it through ATS, catches the eye of a hiring manager, and leads to more interviews. With that said, it is important to do your homework and choose a certified writer with experience crafting résumés for individuals with backgrounds and career goals similar to your own. Be sure to ask questions with regard to what type of résumés they specialize in, how much time they spend on a typical résumé, and what their process is.

  1. Your LinkedIn presence is lacking

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Social media is the new age of business with LinkedIn as one of the most predominantly used professional sites. With over 500 million users registered with the site (https://blog.linkedin.com/2017/april/24/the-power-of-linkedins-500-million-community), utilizing LinkedIn to network and find a new career is becoming more and more of a necessity.

Let’s pause here though. There is a large difference between simply being present on LinkedIn and being active on the site. According to MarketWatch, approximately 93% of recruiters use LinkedIn to search for candidates (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-recruiters-screen-you-on-linkedin-2014-05-02). This means that the vast majority of the time, when an application is submitted the recruiter will pop over to your LinkedIn profile to take a look. If your profile is half complete, has inaccurate information, is a carbon copy of your résumé, or shows no recent activity the recruiter may be inclined to move on to the next candidate.

A professional and reputable LinkedIn profile writer has the ability to showcase your skills, accomplishments, and career desires in such a way that enhances your job search. Written well, your profile can serve as the hook for a recruiter to reach out or be the final piece of your application puzzle which prompts a hiring manager to schedule an interview.   A reputable LinkedIn profile writer also serves the important role of providing advice and guidance on how to use the site in an effective manner. Look for writers that provide ongoing assistance or LinkedIn use and maintenance guides!

  1. Your information is inconsistent

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Applying for a position is typically not a one-step process. Instead, it usually includes submitting the application itself, your résumé, and a cover letter. Not only does the employer have access to this information, but they also can see any content on your LinkedIn profile. If the information across these components contradicts itself or is inconsistent, this may leave an employer confused, or worse, wary of your background.

Information such as dates, names of employers, job titles, job descriptions, and even degrees or certifications are all common pieces of information that tend to lack consistency across employment documents or profiles.

Maintaining consistency is may often be easier said than done but, when achieved, many find that not only are the details lined up, your personal brand becomes stronger due to the unified message being sent. Many professionals offer résumé, LinkedIn, and cover letter packages along with coaching on how to accurately transfer this information to applications. Consider asking for more information on such services if hiring a professional is in your future.

  1. You do not focus on your own brand

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When people think of a brand they tend to think of a product or a company. What many seem to forget is that YOU are your own brand. Throughout the application and interview process, you are required to sell yourself either on paper, on the phone, or in person.

In order to adequately sell yourself, having a clearly defined brand is essential. In order to sell a product a sales person must know what the product can do, what it has achieved for others who have used it, and how it works. You must be able to do the same. Do you know what skills you bring to the table? Do you know in what fields you would be a best fit? What have you achieved with previous employers?

If you are unsure of how to brand yourself and translate that into your résumé, LinkedIn profile, or during interviews, a career services professional can assist in defining your brand. Look for a professional with a background in personal branding for job seekers, training related to the field, and the ability to provide coaching on how to translate training into results.

 

  1. You do not get to the next round of interviews

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Getting an interview after countless applications is exciting, which is why when you do not get to the next round of the interview process it can be heartbreaking.

Oftentimes, job seekers take this denial personally when in most cases it comes down to how you presented your skills in relation to the postion or how you presented yourself as a professional. Take the chance to ask your interviewer why you were not chosen and how you can improve in interviews.

If time after time you find yourself not making the final cut, consider engaging in mock interviews or pursuing written exercises that will hone your skills in line with your personal brand.

 

* About the Author:

Brittney Beck, CCELW is Senior Associate Résumé and LinkedIn Profile Writer and Recruitment Strategist for Vocamotive, Inc. She has an education in strategic communications, as well as considerable experience in writing, career development, and personal branding. Brittney is highly talented in assisting her clients achieve their professional goals and the materials she creates quickly result in interview opportunities. Her dedication to her craft and expert business writing abilities result in top-tier products.

Follow Brittney on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/beckbrittney/

Contact Brittney via email at: bbeck@vocamotive.com   

Obtain professional Résumé and LinkedIn profile writing assistance by contacting Brittney directly, visiting Vocamotive’s website or by calling (630) 789-2519 to schedule a free consultation.

Follow Vocamotive on LinkedIn and Facebook and read Vocamotive’s Blog to hear about our latest career and resume development tips and offers!

 

* Research and Editorial Assistance Provided by Adam Zajac, NCRW and Luke Myers.

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“YOU’RE FIRED” … Now What?!

An Open Letter to Former-FBI Director James Comey (and anyone else who has ever been fired)

 

Dear Former-FBI Director Comey,

We heard you were fired and we want you to know that we can help you during this stressful time. The first thing you need to know is that you’re not alone – plenty of people get fired (although most people don’t hear about it on TV, so that’s pretty unique) and they still go on to have great careers. Like other people who have been fired, you’re probably dealing with a lot of conflicting emotions and meanwhile starting to worry about where your next job will be. So, we’ve put together a list of Dos and Don’ts for you to help you get through being fired and get on with your life and your career.

  1.     Don’t sign anything without a lawyer present.

Whether you were fired because you weren’t doing a good job or because of political differences or downsizing or any other reason, you may be asked to sign a severance agreement. We would strongly encourage you to refuse to sign anything without first having an employment lawyer look over the document. Even if HR says “it’s standard” or something like that, anything you sign might take away your ability to negotiate the terms of your departure.

  1.     Do try to get a reference.

Everyone knows President Trump probably isn’t going to give you a great reference after firing you – he’s already said publicly that you were doing a bad job. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a reference from someone else. For instance, you served under a former boss – President Obama. Even though he is no longer with the organization, he may be able to offer you a positive reference. You can even seek out someone else still working for the organization who might offer you a good recommendation.

  1.     Do fill employment gaps.

Unfortunately, it’s easier to find a job when you already have one. So get busy! Volunteering is a great way to fill employment gaps on your resume. For instance, you might want to testify in front of Congress for a few days, which will of course take some prep time, too. So, on your resume, you can list that after your position at the FBI. We also hear you enjoy gardening. Even though gardening isn’t related to your career path in law, it’s perfectly acceptable to say you took a break from your career to perform service for your community when you volunteered at an urban farm for a few months. Not only does volunteering keep you from sitting at home and watching Judge Judy all day, you will appear all the more noble for wanting to spend some time helping your community.

  1.     Don’t use the F-word.

We know you were fired by probably the most famous boss of all time. After all, the President literally made a career based on saying “YOU’RE FIRED.” That doesn’t mean you need to use the “F-word” when describing what happened to you. Instead, try using one of these phrases:

  •      We had differences in opinion.
  •      We had different working philosophies.
  •      We had differences in creative direction.

The great thing about these descriptions of what happened is that they are vague about whether you were fired or left voluntarily. While it seems unlikely, former-Director Comey, that anyone doesn’t know you were fired, it’s possible! So be vague and let them wonder whether you were fired or left voluntarily.

  1.     Don’t badmouth the boss.

The President has made it known that he thought you weren’t doing a good job. He’s claimed some things about a few conversations the two of you had that seem…questionable. He’s even sent a few Tweets that have a hint of a threatening tone. So we understand why you might harbor some negative feelings toward your former boss. But you need to work through those feelings on your own because new employers don’t like complainers, even if they may be understanding of your point of view.

  1.     Don’t lie.

In some cases, you may be asked on an application or in an interview if you have ever been fired / let go / asked to leave a position. Don’t lie. Even for people who have experienced less public firings than you, lying is a bad idea because if your new employer finds out you lied, even after they’ve hired you, they could take back your employment offer because you deceived them during the hiring process.

  1.     Do turn a negative into a positive.

If you’re asked whether you have involuntarily left a previous position, you can use the question to demonstrate that you can be honest (use one of the descriptive phrases in #4) and then turn the discussion to you positive attributes. For instance, if you say you were let go over differences in opinion, you can follow-up by talking about how you’ve spent your career valuing impartiality and fairness and abiding by the law. You could point out that you’ve worked for both Republican and Democratic administrations, showing that others have viewed you as impartial and non-political. Do all of this by talking about yourself in positive terms – and not speaking negatively about President Trump.

So, former-Director Comey, we know you’re probably still feeling all the emotions, so do grab yourself a pint of your favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor and spend a night Netflix and chilling. Sleep late. Putter in the garden. Indulge a little and rest up for a few days because we have a feeling you’re about to get really busy – and that’s the best thing you can do after being fired.

In the meantime, if you have questions about how to revamp your resume to shift into a new career, we’d be happy to help. For instance, you might want to move out of government and into private industry. While these kinds of career moves can be tricky, with a little tweaking of your resume, we can set you up for success on the job market and get you back to doing what you love faster than President Trump can say “YOU’RE FIRED.”

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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