I always take advantage this season to review my basic career check list, and ensure I am career ready for the coming year… It really pays off to do an “end of year career check list”… Software and technology upgrades complete for desktop and mobile? Check. Computer and email files cleaned out? Check. Apps inventory complete and paired down? Check. Hard drive backed up? Check. Document and email files organized and ready to go for 2022? Check! Newsletters curated and updated to reflect your needs going forward? Check!
Perfect. You’re now ready to take your career check list the next level!
I got into the habit of doing year-end computer and marketing scrubs years ago! Cleaning out my computer and feeds, upgrading my software, and preparing my marketing tools really puts me in a confident spot, starting the new year. Everything feels fresh and organized — which leaves me open to creating new product, overhauling services, and generally putting my best foot forward professionally. I repeat: it feels really good but also, it’s massively empowering: a GREAT POSITION to be in, starting any new year.
I challenge you to do the same. It takes 3-4 days to get it all done, but it’s so.worth.it!
Set yourself (or a friend) up for professional success in 2022! Pay this forward and share on social, for afriend, colleague, classmate, employee, new grad, millennial, new immigrant, or anyone in your circle who is under/un-employed, and struggling to get greater career traction.
2023 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: 36 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.
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!
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/incentivizing 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.
There are two core areas of content that I felt important to include. First, a new, fulsome chapter on post-pandemic best practices for job search. …And second, a full new chapter on how to start your own small business. The second edition has been re-edited specifically for:
New grads/Gens Z&A/Recent Alumni — looking to get a foot in the door
Gens X & Y — looking to move up the corporate ladder
Boomers — shifting out of staff jobs into freelance or consultancy roles
New Immigrants — seeking the all-important Canadian experience that will give them a toe hold in the labour markets.
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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…
With COVID quarantining an outstanding amount of peoples’ careers, now is the perfect opportunity to prepare for a new career in 2022. One that you have dreamed about. Below you will find some key tips on how to do just that!
Working from home has forced a lot of change on job seekers — regular methods of job search have been seriously impacted, and the competitive environment has increased ten-fold. If you are going to get after this new career, you have to make it a focused part of your energy. Here’s how.
Things to consider while creating your career wish-list
Turn Your Career Wish-List into Reality!
Writing up your “goals statements” sounds like a chore, doesn’t it? But what if you treated your goals statements as a “career wish-list” to help you identify your goals and turn your career wish-list into reality? I like to write up my goals/wish-list annually, on my birthday. As a result, each year, writing up my goals wish-list gives me a great opportunity to reinvent myself (read: out with the old, and in with the new) and to realize my goals!
In today’s current job climate, the competition can be fierce. That’s ok. We are resilient beings. Here we provide 5 top tips to make big things happen in your career — quick & easy tips on managing your career and finding new opportunities to improve your profile to hiring managers.
Easy tips on how to put your best foot forward in determining your career
Are you dealing with the emotional reality of job search?
Being unemployed or under-employed, can feel like the end of the world! The shock of losing your professional identity can have a really strong, negative impact on your life. It takes time to accept and adjust to the emotional reality of job search. When your career comes to a stop, you will experience many emotions — unresolved grief, rational and irrational fears, and your self-esteem flies out the window. You will find that there will be days where your “generalized anxiety” will go through the roof. Continue reading →
Read up on the 3 step process to manage your career!
Career management can seem overwhelming. But If you can break your career down into a 3-step process to manage your career, it really helps! It just nowhere near as complicated as you think! Below are three aspects of your career that you should focus on a regular basis. Continue reading →