Help! I'm Stuck.
Are you in a career rut? You're not alone. There is help for you if you're trying to land your dream job. Our career expert, Elizabeth Cipolla offers these suggestions for anyone looking to make a change:
Use LinkedIn the right way.
LinkedIn is a business-oriented global social networking website. If you have a profile, you are off to a great start, but it is important to use it correctly. Simple touches like making sure you have an updated photo, keeping your summary updated, and joining conversation in groups will put you at an advantage. Keeping your profile outdated and inactive sends a message that you are stagnant.
Remember any progress is good progress.
Chances are, you may be juggling another job while trying to find your dream gig. Be realistic with your goals and don't get discouraged. If you only have a few hours to work on your job search one week, take it at face value. As long as you are consistently putting yourself out there, you are making progress. Don't let an especially hectic work week get you down or feeling hopeless. Any progress is good progress.
Talk to people...and don't stop.
Studies have shown that up to 80% of job offers come from networking. What does this mean to you? It's all about who you know. Join professional associations, become active in your college's alumni organization, and engage in conversations on LinkedIn with other professionals. Having "face time" with others will open the door to opportunities you wouldn't have otherwise known about.
Elizabeth P. Cipolla is a business communications professional specializing in the areas of leadership training, creative recruitment strategies, professional development and executive coaching for more than 13 years. She brings leadership experience from various industries including marketing, mass media, apparel, education, manufacturing, non-profit agencies and insurance. To contact Elizabeth, email her at email@example.com or visit her website at www.changeagentsee.com