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Changing Course in Mid-Stream: Navigating the Job Market in 2016

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

We all had parents, grandparents, etc., who got a job out of high school and stayed with that same company until they retired, right? Forty years, day in day out. The same.

Welcome to the new millennium where Casual Friday lasts all week and the up-and-comers have job ADD so bad, your HR Department has installed a revolving door.  Not that loyalty is totally dead, it’s just been damaged a bit by a thirst for new experiences, rapid ladder climbing, and global thinking – the world is their oyster!

Well, if they can do it, what’s stopping you, the more… ahem… experienced professional?  During your typical work day do you feel as if you’ve “been there – done that – was bored last time?”  Knowing the retirement age continues to increase, do you really want to do the same thing, for the same company for the next however many years?  It’s OK to look around, feel your skillset oats, and see if something better could be awaiting you.

Once you’ve embraced the possibility, there are some things you should know and be prepared for, if you’ve been stationary for a bit, things have changed out here.  The days of face to face resume drop offs, pop-ins asking if they’re hiring and fancy paper monuments to your past accomplishments are long over.

The biggest thing you’ll notice but probably not be surprised by is that everything is online; the listings, the applications, resume submission, interview scheduling and the ever-dreaded “thanks but no thanks” obligatory response.  Oh, and forget about the pop in to “put a face to the name on the resume.”    Due to the ever looming threat of hiring discrimination, the less contact they have with you, the better for them.  However, make sure you receive an emailed application submission confirmation; technology is great…when it works.  Some smaller companies may not have automated confirmation emails so a short polite emailed inquiry regarding the status of your application is permissible. 

Speaking of that resume, has it been 2016ed? Gone are the days of listing every accomplishment and position held.  Those doing the hiring will pour through hundreds of resumes to find 3 or 4 actually qualified candidates.  They don’t have time or the patience to read every word.   Your goals should be clearly stated at the beginning and be specific to the position for which you are applying.  Same with your education, work and volunteer experience; if it doesn’t pertain to that particular job, skip it.  You can fill in the blanks during the interview process.  When listing your accomplishments, focus on what you can do for the company rather than simply rehashing your past job duties.  They have to be able to answer, “What’s in it for me if I hire you” after reading your resume.

What once was referred to as a “Headhunter” is now a “Staffing Agency.”  Servicing both sides of the employment coin, modern day staffing agencies have access to nationwide databases and platforms for job postees and resume posters.  Recruiters know their area businesses inside and out and can be your best friend once you decide to make the leap.

Hopefully, these words have not discouraged the aforementioned leap.  The world is your oyster too; the water just may seem a bit murkier than you remember.  Doesn’t mean it’s unnavigable.  Best advice alert – do your research.  Everything you could ever want to know about the job, the company, interview tips, resume writing, is literally at your fingertips.  Let your fingers do the walking and best of luck to you! 

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