According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American will change jobs 10-15 times over the course of their working life. That’s a new job, every 5 years. In part 1 of this post, we offer 3 important steps to help you you take the next step in your career. In this post, we share more tips to help you make a change for the better. For part 1, click here.
It’s not about you. There was a time when a job seeker had 1 resume which he or she sent to every prospective employer. These days, however, it is not only possible for you to customize your resume to meet the requirements of each job, it is imperative. Employers are not looking to see how impressive you are; they want to know if you can do the job. And don’t forget to give your cover letter the same custom treatment. A cover letter can set you apart and tell your story in a way a resume or social media profile cannot.
Get professional help. There is an old saying “sometimes, you have to spend money to make money.” That is, to make yourself more marketable, you may need to consider investing in additional education or professional services like resume-writing assistance and a professional headshot. But, if you want to do better than the 3 percent raise the average worker receives, you may need to spend some money up front. But, with the right skills and credentials as well as the proper job search strategies in place, it will be worth it.
Looking for more help and ideas on how to advance your career? Join us on June 20, from 5:00-8:00 pm, for Hire Ed, an education and career even. Learn how you can get the skills and knowledge you need to make a change for the better. For more information, contact an Admissions Counselor at 617-989-4300. Or register here: wit.edu/hire-ed
Ready to advance your career? We can help (part 1)
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American will change jobs 10-15 times over the course of their working life. That’s a new job, every 5 years.
There are a number of reasons why people change jobs but, more often than not, the reason a worker changes jobs, or even careers, is to advance to something better – whether it’s more pay, a higher position, or a career that is a better “fit” for their skills and interests.
Whatever the reason, frequent job changes demand that workers not only have up-to-date skills and knowledge, but they also need to know how to conduct an effective job search and market themselves appropriately. Here are 3 things you can do to make a change for the better in your career. Continue reading →
Gustavo Siguenza never expected to be where he is today.
A carpenter from Dorchester, Siguenza always wanted to go to college but never had the chance. “I didn’t finish high school,” he explains “which prevented me from going to college.” When the opportunity did present itself, however, Siguenza jumped at it.
At first, he tried attending a community college but had a bad experience. As an adult learner, Siguenza worried about fitting in and getting used to being back in a classroom. “I enrolled in community college to ease my fears,” he says.” But, actually, it did the opposite.” In the community college, he felt isolated and alone as he tried to navigate the college experience. “I almost gave up on pursuing a degree,” he says. Continue reading →
Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest unemployment numbers. And the news is good. Again.
In October, the unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent, the lowest it’s been in nearly 50 years, as 250,000 new jobs were added. Wages were up as well by 3.1 percent, the largest year-over-year gain for hourly wages in over a decade according to the Wall Street Journal. With so many job openings, as well as job-seekers, now is the time to think about your skills and how to stand out in a crowd. Continue reading →
Some advice from one generation of leaders to the next
by Phil Hammond
You get up in the morning. Get in your car, call Uber, hop on the T or settle yourself in a home office. How do you do it? How do you motivate yourself to be successful in your chosen field? How do construction managers, facility directors and project managers operate effectively, successfully and cooperatively within project teams?
It is estimated that by 2020, 46 percent of the workforce in the US will be between the ages of 24 and 39. For baby boomers, like me, that means preparing to hand over leadership in the workplace to members of the millennial generation. For some, including some millennials, this raises an important question: are millennials ready to lead? Josh Bersin, in Forbes Magazine, argues they are not. Pointing to a recent study which showed 30 percent of millennials themselves felt they were not prepared for the responsibilities of leadership due to a lack of confidence managing employees and resolving conflicts, Bersin notes, “this generation isn’t developed for leadership now” (Bersin, 2013 ). Continue reading →
How one college dean helps adult students get their bearings going back to school
by Deborah Wright
My career in higher education has focused primarily on non-traditional adult students. Unlike most people, when I close my eyes and think of a college student, I see the single mother, the veteran, and the full-time employee (The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2018). And while the definition of who an adult student is – financially independent, attending school part-time, employed full-time or someone who just delayed postsecondary education (Nadworny, 2018) – there are a few things that I have observed that all adult students have in common. Continue reading →