Coaching thousands of individuals over the past decade has proven one thing: from entry-level students to well-seasoned professionals, help IS a four-letter word. Oh, how times have changed! Back in my day, a simple resume and a smile was all one needed to get a position or at the very least, an interview. Unfortunately, that’s not the way it is…anymore. Perhaps the Beatles got it right years ago with their “help, I need somebody” mantra. If so, is help really out there and where do I find it? After all, I may need somebody, but not just anybody.
For every cause, there is a company offering help—career management is not the exception to this adage. True enough, some well-connected candidates do find success going solo; unfortunately, many more require the advantage and guidance of a dedicated team. I wonder if Paul, John, Ringo, and George were referring to professional career management and prophesized today’s economically strapped reality and the high difficulty in securing satisfying employment.
The unemployment rate keeps on ticking up and company pink-slips are not hesitating to keep pace. Where does that leave you economically and emotionally? For those fortunate enough to be employed, the fear of company closings has never been greater (at least in my lifetime). For those not employed, seeking and accepting help may be the most sensible mantra for the New Year. Either camp you currently find yourself in, there is no better time than now to prepare for all circumstances. Thus, resolve to be proactive, the time to get ready for employment transitions is NOW.
Our four letter word “help” begins with the self as in “self-help.”
- Refresh your résumé, cover letter, professional informational letter, and reference letter
- Reinvigorate your network, simply put, revisit those contacts you seem to have misplaced in a file box tucked away and currently collecting insect prints
Times have changed and tactics have evolved to new and oftentimes frightening heights. In the segments to come, we will uncover tips and venture to explore the various types of career guidance companies as well as the pros and cons of each. Additionally, we will evaluate recommendations from the top three career management associations in the United States. These are the National Resume Writers Association, The Professional Resume Writers Association, and the Career Management Alliance. Threading career association concepts with decades of professional experience promises to be an adventure of many takeaways as we navigate today’s career atmosphere and develop your professional strategy.
On a side note, who knows when the fabulous four will infuse more of their wisdom and lyrics? Keep your eyes and ears open as tomorrow promises to be more than a song and dance.