Michelle Smead, Executive Vice President with DHR International, takes a look at the job outlook for the new year.
- The economic outlook is mixed however, according to the national association of business economics job growth will range from adding 125,000 to 173,000 per month in 2013
- According to the national association of colleges and employers, campus hiring will increase 13 percent over last year by employers in pharma manufacturing, computer electronics, manufacturing, finance, insurance and management consulting firms.
- DHR International sees hiring growth six months earlier than government reports. 2012 was strong in a variety of industries including telecom,computer systems, healthcare/life sciences, retail, manufacturing and engineering.
- Job demand will increase in health care/ home care; computer science and technology; wireless apps; science and engineering and related through a variety of industries.
Be strategic and be able to articulate career goals crisply and confidently
- Identify your strengths, what can you bring to the table to a prospective employer short term and long term
- What you want to do, identify three buckets of a good fit
- Know that in thinking about career goals it is a three legged stool, a qualifications fit, cultural fit and chemistry fit with prospective boss and members of the team
- Ensure that your résumé represents your strategy and skills, tailor it for the job at hand. Have more than one version of a resume. Avoid a bland and non-descriptive résumé. Add major accomplishments and quantitative information which is richer. Think of what sets you apart from others, e.g. strong technical skills coupled with strong business acumen and leadership skills or pattern of accomplishments in productivity and driving revenue.
- Identify companies you would like to work for and research corporate websites for news and research the respective websites for an understanding of current hiring. Executive level positions most likely will not be posted.
- Have an elevator speech of your experience and what you are career opportunities to use when you are networking
Networking is Key
- Most jobs are found by networking. Balance Internet searches with face to face networking/ meetings , with face to face a priority. Search firms account for 10 to 20 percent of placements.
- In networking and courtesy meetings, ask for other referrals, insights and make sure you leave them with a summary.
- In informal courtesy meetings, haves agenda but be a listener as well.
- Send thank you for time and resend resume
- Think of your audience in networking and interviews, make it easy for someone to get your resume, don’t offer links that create steps for the reader.
Research individuals with whom you are meeting and find a picture on LinkedIn. This will give a sense of comfort and confidence and will allow you to understand how to make an ice breaker.
- Dress the part, this shows respect and interest. One of the most common mistakes is underdressing and poor eye contact.
- Be open to learning about opportunities outside of a geographical region. The universe if full of opportunities and one never knows. This is better than being too narrow initially then opening up your search a few months later.
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