Thinking about a job change?
If you spend your weekdays counting down the minutes until you get to the weekend — you’re not alone.
Only 13 percent of people feel a sense of passion or a deep connection to their work, while 63 percent are unhappy — or disengaged, according to an October report by Gallup. It’s possible, however, to use the skills you’ve already got and apply them to a new career.
Most people can’t figure out how to seamlessly apply their skills to other careers and for that, there’s help, said Diana Gruverman, director of employer relations at New York University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development.
“You have to figure out what industries are aligned with your strengths,” Gruverman said.
The first step is to check out onetcodeconnector.org, which is a website that breaks down occupations into the tasks required to do those jobs. It also explains the pros and cons for each industry, as well as a day in the life of each job, Gruverman said.
Once you think you have an idea of a new career, set up informational interviews with people who are already in those careers.
Also, start networking by talking to those in the industry, and updating your LinkedIn accounts.
“Candidates are getting screened that way and are getting job interviews,” she said.
Sometimes, you can’t simply apply your skills to a new field — and you’ll have to go back to school to change careers.
— By Danielle Braff
How to advance in business
Aiming for higher management in the workplace is a lot like running for political office. Your past and current behaviors will be dissected.
If you want to move up the ladder, you need to know that skeletons in your closet may be discovered. If that prospect is particularly uncomfortable, you may want to save the heartache and adjust your ambition.
Confident you are skeleton-free or can overcome an unsavory past? Then heed leadership performance experts Antoine Gerschel and Lawrence Polsky: Don’t be “blackmailable.” Henceforth, be moral and legal in your business and personal life.
The two partners at PeopleNRG.com suggest three more prime tactics to preserve or create a leadership-ready reputation.
One, succinctly summarized, is “shut up and do something.”
In other words, do more than expected in your current job. Candidates for promotion don’t just perform well in the jobs they have. They take on bigger projects, and they don’t wait to be asked. They offer.
Gerschel and Polsky say corporate history shows that people who reach the executive suite are likely to have accepted every challenge presented.
For some, that’s meant accepting an overseas assignment, a move, or a job change that didn’t really fit their personal pleasure. But they did it for the team.
Another big piece of advice is to think and speak in terms of “we,” not “me.” You’re more likely to be recognized as leadership material if others see you as a team player. It helps when you’re known as someone who adopts, and even cheers for, whatever the current corporate priorities are.
In every workplace, you’re likely to find people who reached the top without any of the above credentials.
Some people are excellent at selling themselves. But they usually have trouble building fans and followers.
Don’t count on following their lead. It’s easier the other way.
— By Diane Stafford
Kansas City Star