New Year, New Job!
Did you know that millennials change jobs every 2 to 3 years?
According to article, "Job Hopping is the 'New Normal' for Millennials: Three Ways to Prevent a Human Resource Nightmare", recently published in Forbes Magazine, 91% of millennials expect to stay in a job less than three years. If you were born during 1980 – 1999 you are a millennial and, I bet you can testify to the revolving door of jobs. If you haven’t experienced this yet, trust me, it’s coming. I call it the “second year itch”. As a millennial myself, I used to change jobs every 2 years just like clock work. Once I made the tasks or primary project of the job faster, better, stronger – I was ready for my next job.
I bet that at some point in 2014, you are going to start looking for your next job. You may even want to change your career path all together and that is fantastic! Each new job or new career direction can bring you closer to your life’s purpose, and help you discover the unique deposit inside of you. You are destined to share something great with the world – we both know it!
I want to help! I want to be a part of your journey as a cheerleader, coach, resume writer, or point of connection linking my network to yours. I grew up with the old school wisdom that “the time to be ready is not the time to get ready” – start preparing for where you want to go now! When you dream job comes open or the right opportunity for promotion enters your life, there is NOTHING worse than not being able to put your best foot forward. You want to submit a stellar resume and cover letter, not the 50th version of the resume you developed in college as part of your grade – ha! You want to look your best and wear the confidence of a prepared interviewee and demonstrate that you are the best fit for the job. You want to and should SHINE.
I encourage you to take the first quarter of the year to invest in your hopes and dreams. Your career preparedness is just as important as personal fitness, and is directly tied to achieving your financial goals. In life “you don’t get what you want, you get what you prepare for” – more of that old school wisdom!
I have personally package new services and enhanced our standard services to take YOU, specifically, to the next level. Most resume writers and career coaches only work with senior level or executive level professionals, but I don’t. I am committed to, you right now. I want to help you reach the C-suite or launch your own business faster than ever before.
It all starts with sound career coaching and mentoring to establish and refine your brand; is immediately followed by creating professional documents that speak on your behalf when they arrive on your future employers’ desk; and are completed by having the knowledge to know how to leverage new opportunities, your network, and resources to confidently build the rest of your dreams. Don’t reinvent the wheel, don’t do this alone – if you want to go far, take someone with you for two heads are better than one (preferably someone wise with lots of connections!).
You are standing in one of the most valuable seasons of your life. The decisions you make today – right now in your 20s and 30s – can determine just how far you can go. I want to pour into you all of the wisdom, advice, tough lessons learned, and connections I have to support you as you go after your dreams. I am ready when you are. Call or e-mail me and let’s get started!
Cheers to one amazing year of success,
Article published in BossNews Atlanta Fall Edition, September 24, 2013
"Getting LinkedIn to Advance Your Career"
Many employees and recent graduates are questioning the usefulness of LinkedIn. Many wonder if LinkedIn is another social media trend or if it really is beneficial to an employment search and career advancement. There are more than 200 million users who utilize LinkedIn to connect with others to conduct business. With 2.7 million business pages on the site, LinkedIn is definitely more than a social media fad.
LinkedIn is quite different from widely known Facebook. Instead of receiving the latest updates on family and friends personal life, LinkedIn provides its users with the latest update on employment trends, job opportunities, and networking opportunities. LinkedIn is the answer to virtual networking. We all have very busy schedules, but know the importance of face-to-face networking. While we may not always have time for in-person networking we should always be sure to make time to stay abreast of relevant, cutting edge information about current employer, potential employers, and professional organizations. LinkedIn makes it very simple to do just that. Here are 3 quick ways to start utilizing LinkedIn:
Develop your LinkedIn profile. Your profile should include a professional headshot, a professional summary describing your unique skill set and qualifications, education, and your employment history. Your profile should also include your community involvement, professional affiliations, and any awards or recognition that you have received. Think of your LinkedIn summary as your 30-second elevator pitch that you would use during face-to-face networking. If you are stuck on completing the rest of your profile regarding employment history, you can use the content from your existing resume.
Start meeting people! Connect with individuals whom you know personally as well as those that you would like to know, and those that currently work in your desired industry. Take the time to write a more personalized invitation instead of the standard text provided by LinkedIn. Let your connection know why you would like to connect and how you could have a mutually beneficial networking relationship. If you have met your connection in person before remind them of where and how you met.
Expand your network by joining groups and following business pages. Target potential employers by following their page on LinkedIn. Companies will often post career opportunities on LinkedIn and not on other well-known employment search engines. Likewise, connecting with targeted groups on LinkedIn will allow you to follow, learn about, and participate in discussions regarding important industry topics or trends, professional development opportunities, as well as general “insider” information that you would want to know. Once you start to join groups, follow companies, and post questions or answers to questions, LinkedIn will start to notice your preferences and provide a digest of information you might be interested in; keeping you up to date on the latest jobs and news.
If you spend time utilizing LinkedIn everyday to read articles, connect with new people, and post at least once a day you will find that your network will become a fortune. LinkedIn is the formula for six degrees of separation. You are only six people away from anyone in the world!
Gala Jackson, M.Ed.