Did anyone have time to reach their career transformation goals in 2024?
It’s time to look forward to 2024, and I hope the future has something good in store for us!
Start the New Year Off With a Bang!
Write Down Your Career Transformation Goals to Make 2024 a Smokin’ Hot Success
Entering into a new year is usually a time to reflect on our past personal and career accomplishments and future goals. It is the chance to work on ourselves as individuals, hence why we set New Year’s Resolutions.
Take a moment to pause and reflect on your current status.
What things would you change if you could?
Are you meeting your full career potential?
Do you enjoy your job?
Would you like to advance in your career?
Do you need to rejuvenate your education career?
Recognizing job dissatisfaction will help you determine the steps you need to take to move your career forward.
Making a resolution that affects your career is nothing more than setting a goal.
Discover the secret recipe is to ensure your goals are achievable and within reach. Stop stalling and take control of your career!
Below are six steps to help transform and enhance your career.
1. Identify Your Career Goals – Short and Long-Term
Do you have a particular position, promotion, or career in mind? If so, that’s fantastic! You’re already one step ahead of the game. However, if you’re still indecisive about the professional path you should choose, it’s time to take action and make a choice – or at least test out the waters. Review education career trends for teachers and other educators to understand what jobs will be in demand.
It’s okay to switch careers! Go ahead and test the waters.
It used to be that once you landed a job, you were stuck with it. Times have changed, though.
There is nothing wrong with moving to a different company, district, or position.
Maybe you have thought about moving from teaching to administration. This is a common career transition.
Don’t let anything or anybody hold you back from pursuing a career you want.
If you are uncertain where you would best fit professionally, analyze the traits you possess or important issues.
• Career Experience
• Financial Needs
• Age / Retirement Goals
Speaking with a Career Coach would be wise if you are still uncertain about what field to enter or change.
Find out more about me – Candace Alstad – Davies – career coach.
It’s the perfect time of the year for a career transformation to get your life back on track and living the life you always wanted.
2. Design a Winning Resume or CV Curriculum Vitae
After identifying the positions you wish to focus on, it’s time to prepare your resume! You might be asking, “Why would I create my resume before I’ve found a position to apply for?” It is better to be prepared than not. What if you find the ideal job posting but discover it closes within a few hours?
If you don’t have your resume ready, you could miss out on an opportunity of a lifetime. Furthermore, the busy hiring season will be upon us in no time – take this opportunity to get ahead of the game and the job competition.
When developing your initial resume, you will want to keep it relatively generic and versatile. Tailor it toward the field of interest. For instance, if you want to teach Junior High Science but are willing to take a position in a different grade level or subject matter, you will want to create an education-based resume.
Or maybe you are ready to embark on a higher education career and must write a CV targeting an adjunct college professor.
Focus on your related job responsibilities and accomplishments, regardless of the age or topic you taught. You can refine your job application documents when you have a specific posting in front of you.
Once you have built a winning resume, you will want to write a generic cover letter to go along with it. Submitting a general cover letter is typically not advisable, but it is better to submit this than nothing if you are in a time crunch. Again, when you find the job posting you wish to apply to, it is time to tweak it to match the needs and goals of the school district or company in question.
Another bonus of designing a resume ahead of time is identifying your unique skills and talents and selling you as a potential job candidate. Completing a resume can help you with the job search and identify areas of interest that require your expertise.
3. Start the Job Search
You have a job in mind, and your resume is ready. Let the career transformation begin!
It’s always easier to set and accomplish goals by writing down the steps you will take to reach each stage.
This is a fantastic stage to let your imagination run wild and work toward transforming your career. If you do not need a new job but wish to try something new, you can take your time to find something just right. However, if you are unemployed, you will want to get on the job hunt immediately! Search often, as organizations are constantly updating their job boards.
The Internet is one of the best methods for broadening your job search. Websites such as Monster.com, Workopolis, Indeed, CareerBuilder, and others allow you to search by location, job type, etc. Other sites are region-specific and career-specific, depending on your unique needs.
When browsing different job ads, look for what Requirements and Assets (if applicable) are within reach. Find postings that match your credentials and desires as much as possible. Do not exclude a job posting because you do not meet all or most of the criteria – there is no harm in applying.
On the other hand, don’t submit a resume to any and every job you come across – be selective, as you don’t want to waste the potential employer’s time or your time.
4. Use Social Media for Networking
Another method to employ during your 2024 career transformation is social networking. Using social media is the most efficient way to conduct your professional networking. The goal is establishing an active group of professional contacts who can vouch for your skill sets and help you land a new position.
LinkedIn is a website that allows you to connect with other people in the same field, post your resume and credentials, and attract the attention of prospective employers. The key to using LinkedIn to its full potential is establishing an engaging, searchable LinkedIn profile right from day one. Like in an academic resume or CV, you want your educational experience, credentials, skills, and relevant accomplishments to shine on your profile page.
List your education, current/prior jobs and responsibilities, career achievements, professional affiliations, areas of expertise, and relevant skill sets. You can also use this website to communicate with others, solicit information regarding potential job openings, and learn more about how people have succeeded in your chosen field.
The key to using social media for networking is to be active, engage others, and use it regularly.
5. Tailor Resume and Application Letter to Match the Position
Once you have found the job posting(s) you wish to apply to, you need to tailor your resume and cover letter to match the desired position and the unique needs and goals of the organization. Part of your career transformation is to ensure your documents speak to the reader. Reach out, grab the reader’s attention, and demonstrate a true asset you will be to the organization.
The best way to get a handle on modifying your documents is to look at the company or the school district’s website. Researching the school district is an essential component of a successful job search.
For instance, the school district should list its mission statement, student population, and goals for the upcoming school year. Use these precious pieces of information to pique the reader’s interest while appealing to their needs. Adjust your job responsibilities, professional accomplishments, and skillsets within your resume to highlight your suitability for the position.
Tailoring your cover letter to meet the school or organization’s needs will increase job interviews.
6. Don’t Burn Bridges
After you have landed a brand new job for 2024, leave your old job on a positive note. Regardless of how you feel about your former position – good or bad – make sure you don’t burn bridges. Never speak ill of former employers or companies, as you never know when you may see them again. The world is also small, and you can’t be sure who’s friends with whom.
Keep your relationships professional and positive at all times, and you should not have to worry about this coming back to bite you at some point down the road.
Be the career transformation rock star you were meant to be. 2024 is your year.
Don’t become stuck in the same career rut as last year. Act now, regardless of the new path you wish to take.
Don’t let your life or prospective career opportunities pass you by!
Email me (Candace) or pick up the phone and call toll-free at 1 877 738-8052.
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