Looking to take a few steps down your career path? Then this week’s Link Roundup is just for you! This week’s assortment of links and advice will help you make the right choices in your career. Whether you’re changing fields, figuring out what to do, or if you were just fired, there is some guidance in the links below!
Struggling to find your way in your career? Thankfully you’re not alone. Figuring out what exactly it is that you want to do for the rest of your life is no small undertaking. In this article from Forbes there are some tried and true methods to figure out what your calling is. The first and most important suggestion would be to try out multiple careers early on. This gives you an idea of what different fields look like. If you start early, it should be easy to make the transition into something else.
The two writers of this article have noticed that many executives suffer from core fears about themselves that they fail to recognize or confront. These fears, such as the fear of not being good enough, or the fear of being victimized prohibits professional growth. Identifying these fears and reconciling with them can turn them into something positive: motivation. However, if they go unacknowledged they could hurt your career. This is a great article for anyone in a managerial role.
You’ve spent hours and hours perfecting your resume, but it seems like none of that has paid off, since you’ve received no job offers. CEO of Goldman Sachs, David Solomon, has an explanation for this common occurrence. Focusing on your resume alone isn’t enough. A great resume is only great if it’s backed up by a candidate who is adept at communicating their successes and skills. If you’re unable to articulate your talents, why would anyone hire you? There are a few reasons people may struggle during that part of the interview process. If you’re one of them, Solomon thankfully offers some suggestions to get past that blockade.
Feeling setback from getting laid off? It can be tough to get past, but it’s important to realize that it may be a huge opportunity for growth. This article has the advice you need to keep your spirits high, and make a smooth transition into a new role. A defeatist attitude will get you nowhere, so it’s important to remain positive. Check out this article for advice, and a few motivating success stories.
Looking to make a major career decision? Relocating, applying, changing, accepting, working remotely, etc? Then there are a few things you should realize. This article from Inc. does a surprisingly good job of conveying some broad realizations and suggestions that are important. While this article doesn’t go into detail, you will likely get something out of it that you can apply to whatever career decision you are making.
Many job seekers fixate on salary instead of looking at other benefits. However, those benefits typically are valued significantly more than a few more dollars when the time comes. An agency conducted a study on which benefits are the most sought after, and the discovered some interesting results. They also look at the financial equivalent of these benefits, which may surprise you. Go into your next job search knowing which benefits are a requirement for you.
Sitting down and telling your boss that you aren’t engaged by your work isn’t an easy conversation. You don’t want your boss to take it personally, so it’s important to be prepared when you have that discussion. Click through the link and you will find a comprehensive look at workplace engagement, along with some actionable advice. Beyond broad advice, they also give you a few talking points to begin your discussion with. If you’re feeling disconnecting from your work, this is the article for you.
Many professionals still see LinkedIn as just an avenue for securing employment. However, it has evolved to be so more than just a job search/networking platform. It boasts an excellent publishing platform, in addition to having many valuable and active groups. It’s also being used to connect mentors to mentees. If you’ve been approaching LinkedIn as just a job board, you should check out this article and discover all it has to offer to you.
That’s it for this week! Working on your career is something that should be done constantly, but is all to often overlooked or postponed. Make sure you dedicate some time every few months to assess where you are in your career, and where you want to go. Stepping back every once in a while will give you a good perspective, and help you realize when you need to make a change.