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The Changing World of Work

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OLD MINDSETS

Are you operating on the following beliefs?

• College degree guarantee jobs and a middle class lifestyle

• If I just work hard, I will be secure in my job, career

• If I do the “right thing” I will be given an opportunity

• Security equals benefits and compensation

• Taking risks lead to rejection

• I need a job with insurance benefits

• One, job one career


NEW MINDSETS

• Taking the initiative to make my college degree work for me

• Security depends upon my knowledge of political and economic trends tht impact industries

• I am in charge of promoting me inside an outside of the company

• I need to be open to risk taking, new ideas and innovation

• Security comes from the people I know—my network of contacts



Job Boards Yield Minimal Results

With the intense competition for jobs, sending resumes to job boards yields little results. Employers may get 100 to 400 resumes for each job and will unlikely look at most of them.  Rather they will ask employees inside for referrals. 

Only 13.2 percent of external hires in 2009 were made via job boards, according to a corporate study by CareerXroads.  Instead use job boards for seeking information about skills needed for each position to determine if it fits you. A much more powerful approach is to spend your time joining networks and associations to contact personally with people who could lead you to your next job. 

Remember there is no substitute for phone calls and handshakes. Go to industry networking events to maintain and build new connections.



Top Tips in Preparing for the Fast-Changing Job Market, Career Counselor, Bellevue, Seattle, WA

Traditionally, career planning has been the last step of the education process when it should be the first. Delaying career planning to after one’s education is completed leads to expensive college costs, debilitating college debt, and little to no entry into the job market. In the end, the education someone invested in for several years could be irrelevant in the fast-changing job market.

The pace of change in American culture — indeed, throughout the world — is moving faster than any time in human history. Over centuries, jobs changed from agriculture to manufacturing. In decades, the nation’s focus changed from manufacturing to technology. Today, ongoing technological advances influence almost every sector of American work. As a result, many types of jobs available to American workers 50, 25, 10, even 5 years ago, no longer exist.

With the nation in economic turmoil and hundreds of thousands of people being laid off from jobs that are no longer needed, finding a job for today’s workers is tough. Yet, thousands of young people graduate college each year without sufficient preparation for a well-paying job in the new economy. With the…

Top Tips for Preparing for a Fast Changing Job Market

Traditionally, career planning has been the last step of the education process when it should be the first. Delaying career planning to after one’s education is completed leads to expensive college costs, debilitating college debt, and little to no entry into the job market. In the end, the education someone invested in for several years could be irrelevant in the fast-changing job market.


The pace of change in American culture — indeed, throughout the world — is moving faster than any time in human history. Over centuries, jobs changed from agriculture to manufacturing. In decades, the nation’s focus changed from manufacturing to technology. Today, ongoing technological advances influence almost every sector of American work. As a result, many types of jobs available to American workers 50, 25, 10, even 5 years ago, no longer exist.


With the nation in economic turmoil and hundreds of thousands of people being laid off from jobs that are no longer needed, finding a job for today’s workers is tough. Yet, thousands of young people graduate college each year without sufficient preparation for a well-paying job in the new economy.…

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"I frequently tell my clients and students to keep opening up doors--you never know what may be on the other side. Below is my personal story, which illustrates how the doors I opened in my life led to a satisfying and successful career." - Janice E. Reha

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