No Experience? No Problem!

No Experience? No Problem!

Five Keys to Breaking in to a New Career

There is a lot of talk about transferable skills – taking skills and knowledge from one profession or industry and transferring them to a new career. This makes sense and is an essential survival technique when you come from an industry or a profession that has been deeply impacted by downsizing and you realize the jobs might be gone forever. But when the job market is tight, what chance do you have when an employer may have plenty of applicants with exact industry and job experience? What do you do if you are an outsider?

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Degree-less and Doomed???

Degree-less and Doomed???

Degree-less and Doomed???  You have got to be kidding.

I am all for a college degree. In fact I have a couple degrees myself. But for many people, getting the college degree didn’t happen either by plan or by circumstances. Despite this they have built a good career holding the types of professional jobs despite the fact most their peers in similar positions are required to have degrees.

How does this happen?

Simple actually. These degree-less people happened to join the right company and because they were smart and capable and learned quickly, they were promoted to higher level positions.

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The Illogical Game of Hide and Seek Jobs

The Illogical Game of Hide and Seek Jobs

It seems only logical that if an employer wants to hire someone for a job that they would naturally advertise or at least post the position on their company website. Why not cast as broad a net as possible to get the pick of the best?

After all, advertising a job on a number of job boards is pretty cheap as a percentage of your typical professional wage. Plus, the investment in every employee after hiring someone costs even more.

If an employer adds up the hours of training, company resources and the time it takes to ramp up a new employee to be a consistent productive performer you would think a little up-front investment to get the right person would pay off. It would make sense then, to choose from a large pool of candidates to have a better chance of getting it right. Right?

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Find the Job You Like Through People You Like.

Find the Job You Like Through People You Like.

When looking for a job we like and a successful career, we usually think about our skills, knowledge and motivation. I guess this makes sense. After all, jobs are about what we do. Work is the application of skills and knowledge.

It makes sense then to look for organizations that need your type of knowledge and skills. Locate them and you will be well on your way to finding a job. Who needs people other than as a method to get to your job via networking?

When thinking about what jobs and careers are best for us, we can get side-tracked when we restrict ourselves to an exploration of skills and knowledge. We miss the importance of people and the nature of our work relationships. People can be our true compass to finding the right job for us. Think of people

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