Realigning Your Career To Where The Opportunities Are
The time has never been better to fine-tune your career. Some key things anyone considering a new chapter in their career should be considering include:
Stop letting a job title define your personal worth.
If there is anything this pandemic should teach us it should be that all jobs have merit. This idea that one person is more valuable than another due to a few letters in front of their name is ridiculous.
Especially in today’s climate, we are seeing that a title has very little to do with what will keep someone on the job or not. Instead, it’s based on what the person actually does and how that connects to keeping not just a business afloat, but our communities. Impact is king. Title is simply information. Sure, certain titles may come with more pay and perks but those won’t be very stable if that title is tied to a job that makes very little real impact beyond itself.
Change the way you identify with work.
The less our titles, educational background, or roles define our sense of self, the more we can choose work that fits our purpose and connects to who we really are. Our bias of viewing some jobs as beneath us is actually leading many to forego employment.
Many of those jobs provide a solid if not a desirable source of income. Many are in dire need of skilled workers. Healthcare is one of those industries. It’s not just the degreed jobs, but the jobs that require certification or two vs. years of college.
Reassess the value of an education. A college degree shouldn’t be seen as a waste of time any more than it should be seen as the sole path to a career. In most cases, a degree and work experience is the ideal combination. Education definitely broadens your knowledge-base, but work ensures the knowledge is embedded in how you make decisions.
Also, we need to move away from the notion that only a four-year education has merit. Sure, there are career paths that absolutely require degrees such as the path of a lawyer, accountant, teacher, or doctor. However, there are plenty of jobs that only require certifications that are much less cost and time-intensive that support a successful career.
Focus on finding roles that value our transferable skills.
Many of us get so tied to an industry, company, or role that making a leap into something new seems like we are settling or that it’s impossible. The truth is, all of us come with transferrable skills that set us up to be excellent at quite a few jobs that could benefit multiple companies and industries. The more we all embrace the value of transferrable skills and design our resumes to reflect that, the easier it will be for hiring managers to broaden their scope of talent searches. If you are struggling on how to position yourself for a different type of role versus those you have previously held, consider connecting with a Career Coach and an experienced Resume Writer who can craft a custom resume that showcases these transferable skills and their value to the position you are targeting.
Understand that leadership experience is a valuable commodity.
The career advice I give to all clients is to find work somewhere that would enable them to get management experience if they really want to climb the ladder beyond staff ranks. Industries such as food or cleaning services are a great place to get that experience. There’s often heavy turnover with hourly employees. Due to that, a move into a lead or manager position can happen quicker than in traditional office settings.
Choose to see this recession in business as an opportunity to reassess your career plan.
Many are either panicking about their job security or practicing complacency because they assume their job is secure. The best approach is somewhere in between.
For new college grads, this is a great time to see this as a real-world internship. It’s time to put attitude and effort, the only two things you can control. A sense of entitlement leads to mediocrity in careers. That mediocrity stems from being so fixated on one definition of success that we miss all the opportunities that are presenting themselves to us.
For those in the middle of their careers, it’s a good time to look at what opportunities could serve as a backup plan or a new chapter. This can set you up to be more agile and successful in an ever-changing job market. I offer a Career Exploration series that helps you identify what “other” types of roles you are best suited for.