The Importance of Career Assessments
Guest post by Lynne Bossart independent college advisor and owner of Muse College Consulting LLC
As a child, you probably had any number of answers to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” But, as a teenager and a college-bound student, the answer is not always so clear. You may think you have to decide on your major before you even look at colleges. But did you know that according to the National Center for Education, about 80% of college students change their major at least once during their
college career? And, “undecided” is one of the most popular majors for incoming college freshmen. In fact, there are jobs and careers that haven’t yet been invented but will be by the time you graduate college. So, the real question is, “What do you need to know before you embark on your post-secondary path?” Continue reading
Guest Blog by Gayle Draper, CHRP, of Intentional Careers and Human Resources, in Ontario, Canada. Originally posted December 7, 2015
Don’t these boxes look wonderful, colourful and effectively displayed. What is really important about them?
Yes for my fourth blog on a grey Monday afternoon in December these are deep questions and with the holiday season in full swing give yourself pause to think about it.
It is your brand that sets you up for current and future employment success like one of these shiny boxes; great looking resume with all the right words, LinkedIn looking active and professional and all looks terrific from the outside but what is inside.
Are you happy in the role you are performing?
Is your job giving you intellectual, creative and social opportunities for growth each day? Read More…
As a Career Coach, I work with many seasoned professionals who are looking to reinvent themselves with a new career. Some are looking for more job satisfaction, while others are changing careers out of necessity as opportunities in their current field are dwindling. One of the best things about today’s resume is that it is a forward-facing marketing document – not an autobiography. I can highlight my clients’ transferrable skills and show potential employers how their experience will enable the jobseeker to be successful in this new role.
One roadblock to career reinvention has been employers’ reluctance to take a chance on an employee who does not have proven success in the same field. Current training can help, but I have recently discovered a better way for mid-career professionals to migrate to a new field! Continue reading
I work with many mid-career professionals looking to reinvent themselves. Their industry may be contracting, job outsourced, or they may simply want a change. Many want to pull back from the responsibilities and headaches that can accompany management roles and, once again, become individual contributors. The prospect of leaving your job behind at 5 pm and enjoying a personal life can be pretty attractive.
Until recently, I do not think many of us actively managed our careers. Sure, most of us were told by our parents that we could be anything we wanted to be, but how many of us followed our dreams? I doubt many people wanted to be stuck in an 8’ by 8’ beige cubicle, eating lunch at their desk under glaring fluorescent lights. Yet, that is where many of us Baby Boomers find ourselves. The time to restore your work/life balance and reclaim your personal life is NOW!
Because today’s resume is a forward-facing document that positions you for your next job, as opposed to your autobiography, it has never been easier to reinvent yourself professionally. Continue reading
I am pleased to announce that I have completed CPP’s MBTI ® training program, and am now a Certified MBTI ® Practitioner! The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® is a great tool to help individuals understand the many facets of their personality. This information provides valuable insight into our natural strengths and abilities, which correlates directly to career satisfaction and success. In addition to career-development purposes, the understanding you gain from the interpretation of your MBTI results can benefit you in your interpersonal relationships.
The MBTI ® tool was developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine Briggs to help interpret Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types. It has been used for more than 60 years across the globe to help people become more satisfied and successful in their careers.
The results can help you: Continue reading
How do you define your personal career success? Is it in terms of title or salary; recognition for your contributions; knowing that you are helping others? A job that provides you with the opportunity to work from home or provides the flexibility so that you can attend your children’s events? There is no right answer. We each have our own definition of success. And the good news is — we can each have it if we manage our careers with intention.
To be effective, your job search should be forward-facing. Determine where you are now and where you want to go. You will not be pigeonholed by your past career experience, unless you allow it to happen.
- To start, identify your ideal career position that will meet your financial goals and aligns with your skills, interests and natural talents.
- Then, develop the proper tools to establish your personal brand. A strong resume and cover letter and online presence will help you stand out from the competition.
- Next, compile a list of targeted companies that need what you offer, and learn as much as you can about them. Do not limit yourself to open job postings or spend too much time on job boards.
- Finally, you need to put in consistent and focused effort. The most effective job search strategy is a structured approach that combines face-to-face and online networking to provide warm introductions to the decision makers.
You CAN have a job that is satisfying and sustainable that also meets your financial needs. Not sure where to begin? Give us a call at 860-658-6480 and we’ll help you out.
Trish Thomas founded The Resume Resource in 2009 to help people develop the tools, strategies and confidence to build satisfying careers. As a Career Coach and Resume Writer, she helps her clients articulate their unique value to stand out from the competition, and guides them through the job search process to make it less overwhelming and more successful. Contact us to see how we can help you build a more rewarding career. www.the-resume-resource.com