If you’re a “job search drop out,” you’ve probably heard that things are looking up in the job market. But don’t expect to pick up where you left off several years ago. It may be time for a career change. Here are some guidelines for career change in the 21st century.
Asses the Labor Market. Begin with your established field. What has changed? What new skills are required? Are new computer programs being used? In some fields, new requirements are added weekly. Does your old job still exist? What are the demands in your field?
Assess Yourself. Self-assessment isn’t just for new entrants to the labor market. Start by listing your skills, not your job titles. Transferable skills may be the key to your new career, especially if you have a new title or are in a different industry.
Commit to Being Employable for Life. Even if you’re already employed, you it’s important to stay current. No more “gold watch careers.” If your assessment tells you need new skills, get them. The 2010’s are not about job titles and industries. They’re about the menu of skills you can put on the plate.
Bob Lankard, former program manager at the state Job Center in Indiana, Pa., offers common-sense advice to help all levels of job seekers satisfy their employment ambitions.
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