Careers 2021: Get Comfortable With Change!

Career Disruptions: Get Comfortable With Change! 

2021 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: 18 months later, working from home has become a way of life. The pandemic has resulted in huge changes to job seeker expectations, employers’ expectations, and has 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 communities of interest. 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 leverage an advantage by taking the opportunity expand their networks, with quality professionals. 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.

Next post, we’ll cover specific changes for employers, HR departments, and job seekers!

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Post-Pandemic Job Seekers & Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Attention post-pandemic job seekers & aspiring entrepreneurs who are unsure how to navigate the new normal for employment and financial security…

This year, I took stock of the multitude of changes that have taken place with respect to seeking purposeful and gainful employment post-pandemic. As a result, I decided to publish a second edition of Careers AF! …new rules, new tools for the post-pandemic gig economy …Good call!

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.

Second Edition of Careers AF!

Read Up On Employment Survival c2021!

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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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How to Prepare for a New Career in 2021

EVERYTHING has changed for us this year. Is it finally time to take charge of your career path in 2021?

What now?

With COVID quarantining an outstanding amount of peoples’ careers, now is the perfect opportunity to plan for a new career in 2021. One that you have dreamed about. Below you will find some key tips on how to prepare for a new career in 2021.

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.

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Turn Your Career Wish-List into Reality!

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How To Realize Your Goals and 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 realize 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!

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5 Top Tips to Make BIG Things Happen in Your Career

A career is not something that you take care of, only when you’re in trouble, and when your back is against a wall… Careers should be taken care of on an ongoing basis.

In today’s current job climate, the competition can be fierce. That’s ok. We are resilient beings. Here we provide some quick & easy tips on managing your career & finding new opportunities to improve your profile to hiring managers.

How to get a job

Easy tips on how to put your best foot forward in determining your career

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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, and it takes time to accept and adjust to that new reality. When your career comes to a dead stop, you will experience many emotions: unresolved grief; rational and irrational fears; your self-esteem flies out the window; and you will find that there will be days where your “generalized anxiety” will go through the roof. Continue reading

3 Step Process to Manage Your Career!

Career management is complicated. Or, is it?  Yes, it can be overwhelming to try to manage your career goals. But is it impossible?  No, it is not!

Now, some would argue that the future’s actually unmanageable. But here’s me to say, that really, it just not as complicated as you think! There are three aspects of your career that you should focus on at all times: Continue reading

Career Perspective: Where is your head at, when it comes to your career?

Where’s your career head at, really?

It’s healthy to get some career perspective: Your career is a life-long process… and it really is all about you. A successful career is a long-term trajectory that (with a little care and homework) will lead you to make the best of your values, your gods-given skills, your unique talents and your personal drive… let alone where and how you want to apply them…

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Give hiring managers the right impression with these tips

Managing your message is critical to ensure you give hiring managers the right impression. I’ve blogged at length this year about how to set up your professional marketing materials to ensure that they represent you properly, and that they are in keeping with 2020 best practices.

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