The job market today presents a number of growing challenges to job seekers, and job opportunities may feel limited. However, opportunities DO come about for job seekers who position themselves correctly in the job market and actively put themselves out in front of employers. It’s not all about the value of your degree anymore! Take time to examine your skills and accomplishments, discover the roots of your professional passions and keep up with the latest industry trends to position yourself to land the next job opportunity that comes your way.
Know Who You Are
A key to positioning yourself in the job market is to know exactly what you are and aren’t capable of. Take some time to sit down and list the skills and assets you have acquired over your professional life, highlighting what’s most important to you. Be thorough and include skills such as working well in teams, taking initiative, and problem solving. These skills are just as important in the work force as knowing specific technologies or software applications. If you get stuck listing your skills, consider talking to former coworkers or employers about what assets you brought to your past positions.
This is Your Time to Brag
When opportunities arise, the person who can successfully convince the employer she has the right skills is the person who gets the job. Be bold and courageous when highlighting your accomplishments both in person and on your resume. Did you move up quickly to a management position in your last job or successfully tackle a difficult project? If you don’t tell a prospective employer about what you do well, no one else will. Plus, they’re meeting you for the first time! They don’t know who you are yet – you have to tell them.
When approaching new job opportunities, be enthusiastic. Convey your energy and excitement about taking on a new role during interviews and other networking opportunities. Also have passion for what you used to do. No employer is going to hire anyone that sits and only talks about what they didn’t like at their previous job. Career paths take people all sorts of different directions and what you did in past jobs still has value for a new career. Just be careful with how far you go – excitement and energy are great, but too much enthusiasm can harm you.
While job opportunities may feel limited, taking steps to position yourself as a knowledgeable, thoughtful and dedicated employee will go far in helping you move to your next career position.