Careers 2022: Get Comfortable With Change!

Career Disruptions: Get Comfortable With Change! 

2022 demands we all get comfortable with change … We couldn’t have known that the onset of the pandemic in June 2020 would prompt so many career disruptions! Newsflash: 24 months later, working from home has become a way of life. The pandemic has resulted in huge changes to job seeker expectations and employers’ expectations. It has also prompted a true overhaul of everyone’s perspective on meaningful work! More information on post-pandemic job search best practices can be found here. 

Increased Connectedness

The good news: One of the most beneficial side effects of the pandemic is that there is now a profound, significant increase in proactive interaction within online groups and more openness to networking within professional communities. We are witnessing more connectedness, more inclusion, a greater appreciation for diversity and more authenticity than ever! The pandemic has certainly brought out the best in us, in terms of watching out for, and facilitating for, each other. Getting comfortable with change means that everyone can now be assured of a whole opportunity to expand their networks! In other words, connect already!

Mindset Alert

What would you like your professional name to stand for?

Need for Up-Skilling & Certification

Employers are seeking talent with greater flexibility, greater skills and greater knowledge — especially with respect to new technologies and new platforms. Demand for talent is high. More importantly, along with a multitude of new jobs and new functionalities, comes a multitude of employer demands!

Employers are on the watch for “digital currency” and “a consistent digital presence” from potential employees. They are also seeking talent that have existing  — and expanding — social equity (read: connections!). Employers are inviting/incenting their staff members to help add to in-house human resource pipelines. As an example, a great way to make a favourable impact on your employer is by helping them find qualitative leads. Job seekers must make a concerted effort, now, more than ever, to connect, connect, CONNECT! Above all, this will help you maintain your currency and digital presence, and will increase your social equity, therefore making your candidacy more attractive to employers.

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Job Search Self-Care

Job search self-care: How are YOU taking care of YOURSELF during job search?

Job seekers are experiencing a sharp increase in depression and anxiety, as we have all been embroiled in the effects of the pandemic for a full year now. People are wearing REAL thin with un/under-employment. I want to encourage you to consider placing a greater degree of emphasis on self-awareness and self-care.  As a result, we can collectively endure this latest lockdown and the ensuing summer slow-down for job search more organically.

8 strategies to enable “self-care” and soften the harsh reality of being under-employed… 

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It’s a Whole New Job World Out There!

Who would’ve imagined that you could live in Toronto and be a valued, full time employee  located in New York? How could anyone predict companies would go to such lengths to keep their employees engaged and offer new flexibility around the work week?  Why is it so surprising that employers are now looking at applicants’ experience first, instead of their degrees?

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What Does This All Mean?

Not only do the old rules not apply, but in many cases they don’t even exist anymore! As a result, no matter what your situation, you need to know the new rules and how to work them to your advantage. That’s why you need Careers AF! In easy-to-read, conversational language, it provides:

✔️ Valuable information you will use to assess specifically which jobs are a fit for you so you don’t waste time applying for a job you can’t get or really don’t want

✔️ Easy Guidelines for writing cover letters, bios and even recommendations (in case someone is willing to recommend you but wants you to write the actual letter)

✔️ Up to the minute tips on how to effectively make today’s technologies, like Twitter, LinkedIn and other platforms really work for you

✔️ Insightful techniques for preparing yourself mentally and emotionally for your job search

✔️ Insider insights into how to kill at the interview (along with “the 3 biggest mistakes people make at interview” — so you can avoid them!

✔️ Clear advice on how to ask for the salary you want and max your changes of getting it!

✔️ Real inspiration and encouragement to actually do the things that will position you at the top of the list when you apply for a job

If you’re in the job market — or thinking of entering it — maximize your efforts and avoid potential discouragement. In other words, set yourself up for success with the knowledge and experience, tips and insider secrets imparted in every page of Careers AF! – 2nd Edition.

Alisyn Camerota Testimonial

Special thanks to Alisyn Camerota, Anchor CNN, for participating in CAF interviews on best practices in hiring!

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13 brilliant templates for writing resumes, cover letters, bios, recommendations. It also has a killer job search spreadsheet to help you maximize your approaches to hiring managers!

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Our 2022 DIY Career Toolkit is your complete, downloadable “How-To” resource for successfully marketing yourself or your business in the hyper-competitive pandemic era.

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Here’s what “everything” looks like – 2022 DIY Career Toolkit Menu

✔️ Next Level Goal Planning: How to organize your career or business goals into short term, mid term, and long-term categories so you can know what you’re shooting for, and when to expect it! “Formalizing my career plan showed me that my goals were achievable — all that I had to do was to be systematic about pursuing them.” Gloria YK
✔️ Build Your Professional Brand: A check-list of what “marketing tools” you need to get that job or build your business. “Learning about the marketing side of things is just as important as the content side — I wish I’d learned this much earlier.” Jacky H
✔️ Content Style Resume for Online Job Applications: A sample showing exactly what you need to build a killer resume that is “applicant-tracking system friendly.”
✔️ Visual Style Resume: An actual resume template you can use as a creative model for your own. Visual resumes work beautifully when reaching out one on one to both hiring managers and decision makers.
✔️ How to Write a Formal Cover Letter: A step by step explanation of what a super effective cover letter needs — with insider tips on making it even more powerful. “My recruiter told me this was the best cover letter she’d ever seen!” Sophie M.
✔️ How To Write Your Bio: A guide to exactly what you need in your Bio and how to organize it for maximum impact. “Above all, my marketing tools are SO much more professional and sophisticated now.” Linda K
✔️ How To Write a Recommendation: An actual template where you only have to fill in the blanks to create a topnotch recommendation letter. Perfect to send to your connections to use in their letters supporting you!
✔️ How To Write Up Your References: A tip sheet on how to navigate the reference process with a clear example of how to present your references and what exact information to include, to facilitate the process for recruiters.
✔️ Job Posting Websites: A comprehensive list of company websites you can choose from to target and monitor for job postings. And several useful tips on how to get the most from the list! “I never knew there were so many industry-specific job posting sites!”  Jan N.
✔️ Are You Shortlist-able? An eminently practical exercise for determining which jobs to apply for, and maximizing the likelihood of getting the interview and job that you want. “I had no idea how important it is to self-screen for jobs. As a result, I’m now getting call backs!” Noel N.
✔️ Job Search / Business Lead Tracking Sheet: A worksheet for targeting specific companies that will you on a direct course to success! “The job search spreadsheet blew my mind.” Derek B.
✔️ How to Start Your New Job Successfully: A serious look at how to stay sane and relaxed (but kick butt too!) as you start your new job. “I read through your entry strategy document and it’s pure gold.” Jess B.
✔️ Best Times to Post on Social Media:  A cheatsheet that shows you when the very best times are to post on Twitter, Insta, LinkedIn and Facebook, in order to maximize your posts and maintain a steady and effective digital presence. “With these tips and tricks, I understand how to use social media to my best advantage now!” Uly V.

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