A social media executive has always used Twitter in his job seeking. Here, he shares some tips and insights
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The 10 Steps You Need to Take When You Make a Career Change
Who wants career success? You do, of course. Your career may be the most important thing in your life ... or it may not be. There's no arguing, though, that it certainly is a significant part of it. We spend at least 40 hours at work each week. That's a lot of time! In addition to paying the rent and putting food on the table, your career should be fulfilling. Following these 11 tips will help you make sure it is.
Choose Your Occupation WiselyBefore you decide to pursue any career, ask yourself this question: "Can I see myself doing this all day, everyday, for many years?" Life is too short to spend it wishing you were doing something other than what your are.
Don't Let Anyone Tell You What Choice is Best for YouIgnore those who say, "Pick this field because it has lots of opportunities right now," "You will make loads of money so it doesn't matter if you hate your job" and "I like this career and therefore you will too." Your career choice is a personal decision and it is one that will have a significant effect on your life for many years. Oh, and by the way, the relationship between earnings and job satisfaction is minimal.
Measure Your Own SuccessHow do you define success? Is it the size of your paycheck or having the corner office? Is it the feeling you get when you know you did a great job on a project (praise from the boss doesn't hurt) or the one you get when you know you helped someone? Perhaps you feel successful after putting in a day at work and coming home at a reasonable hour to spend time with your family. Since everyone measures success differently, only you can determine what it means to you. Your satisfaction with your career is strongly linked to how successfully you feel you have met your own, and not anyone else's, definition of it.
Don't Be Afraid to Ask for HelpAs much as you think you know, you don't know it all. There are people who have more experience than you do and with that experience comes knowledge. In order to have access to that knowledge, make sure your network is filled with contacts other than your peers. More experienced contacts can help you with things like learning more about an occupation you are considering, getting the lowdown on an employer before a job interview or solving a problem at work.
Always Acknowledge People Who Help YouIt may sound simple, but it's truly a significant gesture: always thank those who offer you assistance. Whether someone gives you five minutes of his time or an introduction to a potential employer, it's important you let him know that what he did meant something to you. And when that person or another needs help, you can return the favor. Consider it good karma.
Own Your MistakesYou know what they say about mistakes. Everybody makes them and you are no exception. Of course you will do what you can to avoid making a serious error, but sometimes they happen anyway. While your instinct may be to run away and hide, that is actually the worse thing you can do. Admitting your error, finding a way to fix it or at least taking an action that lessens its effects, will help restore your reputation.
Be Your Own CheerleaderRoot for yourself because if you aren't your own biggest fan, who will be? Take note of and pride in all your successes and positive attributes. Don't wait for someone else to tell you "job well done!" Reflecting on your own achievements will spur you on to accomplish even greater ones.
Don't Beat Yourself UpFrom time to time a little voice inside your head might whisper (hopefully not shout) that you aren't good enough or smart enough. Tell it to shut up! Unfortunately there will be plenty of people quite willing to bring you down. Don't do it to yourself. When you make a mistake, admit it, fix it and move on. If you are missing a skill or have some other shortcoming, take whatever measures necessary to improve.
Monday, November 18, 2013
The good thing about starting your career is that you have an endless number of choices in front of you. The bad thing about starting your career is that you have an endless number of choices in front of you. It's like being able to pick only one dish from a menu that is hundreds of pages long. Try not to be too overwhelmed. With a lot of careful planning, you can have a career you love. Use these resources to help you get your career off to a good start.
How to Choose a Career
To get started on your career you will first need to choose an occupation. Put a lot of thought into your choice and you will be rewarded with a career that is both fulfilling and successful. These resources take you through the process of finding the right career for you.
It is important to go out and research any career field you are thinking about pursuing, regardless of how you heard about it. Use these resources to help you gather information that will help you decide which career is most suitable for you.
Make a Plan
Once you've chosen an occupation, you have to formulate a plan that will help you reach your goal of working in that field. Before you do anything, write a formal career action plan that includes both long-term and short-term goals.
Get the Skills You Need
Now it's time to move forward with your career action plan. You will need to obtain the skills and training required to work in your occupation of choice. Here are resources to help you achieve your goals.