Say good riddance to your old career goals, start the New Year with a mission to renew, refocus and rewrite your career destiny.
• Renew your outlook about the job search process by thinking positive to receive amazing results. The mindset of job seekers can sometimes hinder their ability to get hired. Try to manifest a winning attitude in 2017.
• Refocus your career path direction by discovering transferable skills that can be applied to another career field. If you have spent 2016 knocking on doors for the same position with no luck, it is time to explore your skills and talents and apply them to a new career field. To identify yours skills, take a free Skills Assessment on the Career One Stop website at www.careeronestop.org.
• Rewrite your resume and cover letter, upgrade the content and format of your resume. Instead of the standard chronological format try a functional format; also referred to as a skills profile, this style allows you to focus more on your skill sets. It allows you to choose which skill categories you want to emphasize and showcase. If your resume was written previously by a friend or family member it is time to seek the advice of a qualified professional that specializes in resume writing or career coaching.
In 2020, make your presence known to recruiters and employers. Hundreds of people use social media to broadcast who they are and what they can do. Use Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook to connect with the world. If you are currently a customer service representative, in 2020 become an expert in customer service. Post a weekly Facebook Live video and provide the top five customer service tips. Build your professional brand and notify the world you are available for employment opportunities. Do something noteworthy in your community that will garner special recognition and build your positive reputation in your career field.
Take advantage of free and low-cost programs to enhance your credentials. Participate in workshops that provide a certificate in your career field. Oakland Community College and Macomb Community College offer short-term certificate degree programs. These programs are added credentials for professionals seeking to boost their career or retrain for a new career field.
Volunteer your talent to the right company and discover new opportunities. Ever heard of pro bono work? Take-on a consulting contract, internships are not just for high schools or college kids. If you have the education for the job but lack the work experience volunteer for the position to build your work history. Only volunteer for the position you have interest in gaining experience in. Example: bachelor’s degree in accounting volunteer as an accounting assistant. You can add this title to your resume with a description of task performed.