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Finding a job

The strategies used to find a job have changed quite a bit...

... in recent years as employers rely more and more on social media outlets to find and screen candidates.   In some ways, this makes the job search more complicated, in other ways, this can help you conduct a more targeted job search.  

Today's job search:

1.  Requires an outcomes-focused resume targeted to each specific job.  The old 'generic' all-purpose resume is nearly universally useless.

2.  Requires an up-to-date professional online profile, actively managed.  This is just as important to your job search as and outcomes-focused, targeted resume.

3.  Relies heavily on human connections, also known as 'Networking'.  Networking has always been the most productive job search strategy, but now that social media, such as LinkedIn, has made it so much easier, it is even more important.

4.  Focuses on skills and values, rather than job titles. The workplace is changing rapidly; whole industries, as well as career fields and jobs are created, evolved and disappear with increasing rapididty.  You have to keep your skills current and stay aware of the different ways you can use them with different employers. 

5.  Is flexible and adaptable. For the reasons mentioned in #4.

6. Is based on a current understanding of today's job market.  There are more resources available today to help you understand the workplace today, as well as to help you get a feeling for trends.

 

It's helpful if you have a good idea of what you want to do.  This an online tutorial is designed to help orient you during career transition, if you are in the midst of thinking that through.