5 Key Shifts ANYONE Can Make to Succeed in Today’s Job Market
Not getting the interviews or job offers you want is a problem that’s a little hard to see, that’s the bad news, but a lot easier to fix…that’s the good news.
In today’s job market, there are 5 Key Shifts that ANYONE Can Make to get a stream of job offers with companies they want to work with… WITHOUT applying to a single job board.
So, if you’re ready to get started, let’s go over the 1st Key Shift you need to make.
Shift #1: The Mindset [Rethinking the Career Development Process]
The first Key Shift you need to make may surprise you. Many think it’s going to be about resumes, networking or how you conduct yourself at an interview.
While these are important, the 1st of the Key Shifts you need to make is in your mindset. You need to “rethink” the entire career development process and transition from a passive to a pro-active approach on how to move up the corporate ladder.
Gone are the days, when you could just land a job, work hard, be loyal to a company and expect that the employer will take notice, invest the time & money to train you and eventually…promote you.
In today’s job market, if you want to advance your career you need to take on the responsibility yourself. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself stuck in a low paying, dead-end job where you’re living in constant fear of getting laid-off.
Shift #2: Generalist to Specialist…
Over 80% of the employees here in America are unhappy at their jobs. They feel that they’re not valued or appreciated by the employer. I would be too if my career and income growth were stuck at the same stage year after year.
As I mentioned earlier, the days when employers would invest in training up their employees are over.
In today’s “Global” Job Market, it’s MUCH more cost effective for employers to hire someone who already has the skills and experience they want than it is for them to train an existing employee for a new role that they may or may not even be good at.
When an employer hires someone with the skills and experience needed, it’ll only take a few weeks for the new employee to be of value.
If they were to train an existing employee, companies would have to pay for the training and the time for the employee to get trained, which could end up being tens of thousands of dollars or more.
Plus, there’s no guarantee that after a company trains someone, that the employee will even stay with the company. What’s to prevent the employee from going to one of their competitors? As I said…there is no loyalty anymore on either side. Loyalty is dead.
The key shift needed here to succeed in today’s job market is that you have to take responsibility to develop skills needed to DO your current job AND the skills you need to advance your career. You need to take the initiative to stay on top of the industry to learn what skills you need to develop your own career.
Shift #3: When to Advance your Career [How Ascend to the Top of your Field]
While taking responsibility for your career development may sound scary, it’s actually a blessing in disguise!
The next shift has to do with when you can advance your career.
As you know, In the past, you could start at a company in an entry level position somewhere and IF you worked hard and stayed loyal to the company, over the next 20 -30 years you could reach the top of the corporate ladder and wait for the day you could retire. You just had to be patient and wait for a position to open up and HOPE that the higher-ups recognized your hard work.
In today’s job market, you no longer need to invest years waiting for an employer to recognize your hard work to FINALLY give you that raise that you deserve.
You don’t need to wait years or decades for a position to open up within the company to get that promotion, so you can make the impact you want.
If you want a pay raise, all you have to do is learn how to refine the skills you have or develop new skills to increase your performance to bring more value to the company.
If you want that promotion, all you need to do is develop the skills needed at that level. We live in the information age, where you can learn just about ANYTHING online.
We live in a new world where you can easily shoot to the top of the corporate ladder in a fraction of the time. The ladder may not be at the same company, but who cares? The relationship between employee and employer has changed. Employers are only loyal to their shareholders and employees are only loyal to their family.
In today’s job market, with the proper career alignment, the right strategies, skills, and tools, you can shoot up to the top of your field in as little as 1-3 years and spend the rest of your career defending your position at the top.
Shift #4: How to Promote Yourself to Employers
Resumes and Cover letters have been the primary tools that have been used to promote your skills and experience to employers when you are looking for a job.
However, did you know that recruiters and Hiring Managers only spend an average of 6 seconds to scan your resume? They just want to see if you have the required skills, experience and education required for the job opening.
Do you want to know where they’re spending the majority of their time learning about you?
Search engines and social media.
In today’s job market, you need a way to publicly show your work to your prospective employers. They need to be able to see the quality of work you do, so they know exactly what they can expect from you IF they were to hire you.
All you need to have is an online presence, where people can easily find your body of work. This can be a simple personal website, blog, or social media where you can publish content for them to find. Employers also need to know who you are. They want to make sure that you would be a good culture fit. Someone that has similar values that would work well with others in the organization.
They’re going to look to see what you post via social media, how you comment, what your interests are. Companies are going to enter the name of every qualified applicant in Google and see what pops up.
People need a digital platform so when a search is conducted by an employer, they can easily find content that highlights your best work that will provide a clear picture of who you are and what you can do. Having a Digital Branding Platform will give you that extra edge over other applicants.
Some people think that their private life, their personal views, and opinions shouldn’t be a factor and choose to HIDE their social media postings. That’s fine.
However, If employers can’t find you online, they will automatically assume you’re hiding something. It’s okay to TRY and hide your personal social media accounts, but you should create a Professional Social Media profile. That’s what LinkedIn was created for… and it’s FREE!
Shift #5: When to Start Job Hunting
Most people only go on the job hunt when they need a job. In the past, when you landed a job, it was a long-term commitment, with the assumption that the company you’re with will train you, give you raises and promote you. However, in today’s job market, that’s no longer the case.
In today’s job market, you’re responsible for giving yourself that promotion and advancing your own career. Chances are, the current employer may or may not be the company that gives you that raise or gives you that promotion.
In today’s job market you need to be a perpetual job hunter. Constantly on the lookout for the next job opportunity that will allow you to get paid what you deserve.
Shift #6: Where to Look for Work
When it comes to looking for a job, millions of people immediately start applying for jobs via online job boards, classifieds and directly on company websites. It’s the #1 Mistake job hunters make in today’s job market.
As I mentioned earlier, according to Indeed.com, the world’s largest online job board, they say that 84% of the jobs posted online don’t pay enough to meet the standard cost of living. And of the 16% of the “Good Jobs” with pay that meets or exceeds the standard cost living, all require a professional degree or specialized training. Plus, the “Good Jobs” can only be found in these 5 broad fields which include healthcare, computers & technology, architectural & electrical engineering, management, and business & finance. Not even people in the legal field made the list.
So what if you don’t have a degree or specialized training in these 5 fields? Are you doomed to a life of transitioning from one low paying job to another? If you apply to online job boards, the answer is yes. I know it sounds harsh, but that’s the reality.
In today’s job market, there are actually PLENTY of good jobs out there. More than you can possibly imagine. Companies just don’t post them online.
I’m sure you’re thinking “So where the heck do you find “those” jobs?” Well, the answer is….You can’t.
So the next shift you need to make is where you look for jobs. Some call this the “Hidden Job Market”. Because while these jobs exist they’re not posted anywhere for you to find.
The only way to find these jobs is through your Professional Network of people who know, like and trust you. People you have an authentic relationship with that has been built over time.
The “Hidden Job Market” has been something that only top-level executives and high paid Executive Headhunters have been tapping into for decades.
It’s not a Hidden Job Board that only a secret society has access to, but a strategy that people use so when a position becomes available that a company needs to be filled, someone from their Professional Network notifies them.
Employers don’t want to post jobs online, especially the “Good Jobs”. It takes a lot of time and money to find good candidates from a pool of strangers, interview them and take time to get to know them.
By hiring someone they already know, like and trust who is qualified to do the work saves companies THOUSANDS of dollars.
So if you want to land your Dream Job and get paid what you’re worth, you need to build a professional network. In today’s job market, your greatest asset isn’t your skills, experience or education…it’s the size and relationship you have with your network.
Thanks to the internet, we live in a hyper-connected world. We can find anyone and reach out to them anytime you want.
Even if you don’t have a single professional connection, you can start today and have a professional network of hundreds in just a couple of weeks by only investing a few minutes a day using Professional Social Media Networks.
Shift #7: How you Position yourself during the INTERVIEW Process
So the last shift has to do with how you position yourself during the interview process. And no. This isn’t some sort of interview tip about where to sit at the table or how you need to use the superman pose.
Let’s take a look at the typical job interview.
When you apply to a job, you HOPE that a Hiring Manager will notice your resume from the hundreds and sometimes thousands of other applications they receive. If you’re LUCKY, you get called into an In-Person interview with a number of equally qualified applicants for the CHANCE to show a panel of 4 people on the hiring team why you’re the best candidate.
It’s kind of like a version of “America’s Got Talent”, where you have the opportunity to sing and dance for the panel of judges to show them why you deserve to make it to the next round of interviews and ultimately get the prized job.
Unlike “America’s Got Talent” where you can see who you’re competing against and what the judges are saying about each contestant, the interview process is held behind closed doors. So you have no idea who you’re up against or how to negotiate.
Plus, this process isn’t designed for you to win anything. It’s really designed for the company to find the most qualified person to do the job for the least amount of money.
Instead of an interview process that leaves things to chance and positions you as a commodity, you need to learn how to take control of the interview process where the employers come to you. An interview process where you become the judge and they become the contestants fighting for the opportunity to work with you.
This is exactly what Top Level Executives and ambitious Professionals do on a regular basis. They don’t participate in an interview process that is designed for them to get the lowest pay. They position themselves in a way to negotiate for the highest pay rate.
This is something that ANYONE can do. Even if you’re a recent graduate.
These are the 7-Key Shifts that ANYONE can make to Thrive in today’s job market, regardless of your skills, experience or education.
Career Hacking is the ultimate shortcut, that we have been using to empower vulnerable people around the world. It’s what tens of thousands of people use to land their dream job and get paid what they’re worth WITHOUT having to go back to school or apply to online job boards.