At Professional Outlook Inc., we know that our most savvy candidates keep their skills sharp awaiting opportunity for advancement. We thought you’d enjoy this excellent round-up of career advice we found at Smartbrief’s AIChE’s Smartblog by Michael A. Morell.
Todayâ€™s job market offers immense opportunities for career and financial growth, notably in Silicon Valley, where the â€śwar for talentâ€ť rages.
For high performers who already find themselves in a rewarding position, pursuing a new job may be low on their list, while others are itching for fresh challenges and greener pastures. Regardless, it behooves both happy and restless working professionals to stay in the game and remain open to career-change opportunities.
After 12 years, Iâ€™ve gleaned significant insight into what recruiters and hiring companies are seeking from job candidates. Below are some key points to keep in mind, regardless of whether youâ€™re looking for a new job.
Your network is never done
Your career is all about relationships. The network you build has the ability to influence your opportunity and success, be it today or 10 years from now. Whether youâ€™re an executive or an individual contributor, itâ€™s wise to develop relationships and remain in contact with recruiters and hiring managers, even if youâ€™re not seeking change. This keeps you on the pulse of the job market and aware of potential opportunities.
In fact, thereâ€™s no harm in considering a job thatâ€™s passed along by a friend (â€śyouâ€™d be perfect for thisâ€ť) or taking a recruiterâ€™s call simply to learn more, even if you have no intention to pursue. If nothing else, this will help you maintain a strong network should you need to leverage it.
Ready, set, go
Once youâ€™ve gained interest in a particular opportunity, there are some prerequisites you must follow. For starters, understand the job for which youâ€™re interviewing, why itâ€™s open, and what success will look like. Take time to research the business and industry. Iâ€™ve known candidates who spend more time planning for a five-day vacation than for a long-term career change.
Also, know who is making the hiring decision and what they are specifically looking for. Attention to detail is important in all matters, whether itâ€™s knowing names or showing up on time. Last, but not least, evaluate and understand the hiring companyâ€™s culture, and if you take the job, do so because itâ€™s a good fit, not simply because it offers more money or stock.
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