Your Career Management – An Idea Whose Time Has Come

by Tod on January 16, 2015

Yes, Career Management Is An Idea Whose Time Has Come

First, the good news … in our economy, there will always be jobs.  There will be teachers, scientists, government employees, skilled workers, administrative support and the rest.   At the moment, the US economy is the strongest in the world.  There is and will continue to be employment.   Also, we can trust that the  foundational methods by which we acquire, maintain and excel in our jobs … gaining education, resumes, and all that, will remain fundamentally the same.
However, changes – big changes – as to how we acquire and maintain employment are occurring right now. For better or worse, you will be affected and involved in these changes. I am observing  that to survive, and I trust, thrive, in this new economy, we can benefit by taking on an attitude and commitment of “career sustainability.”  This requires a focus on developing our abilities  to “endure” for the long haul.
It is my purpose, as well as that of  this website and Accord Career Services on how to get employed and stay employed

Career Sustainability
The term “sustainability” fundamentally concerns this capacity to endure.  It is a wide-ranging term that can be applied to almost any facet of life on earth, from local to a global scale and over various periods of time.  In ecology, the word describes how biological systems remain diverse, flexible and responsive over time.  For humans, it concerns the potential for long-term maintenance of well being.

Time of Change

It is my experience that within the world of work – how we train for, acquire and maintain our employment is changing and changing quickly.   Unlike changes in the past, like moving from an agrarian to industrial society, these changes are occurring very, very quickly.  They are happening all around us.  They will be permanent and everyone will feels the effects
Big picture — we stand on one of those important points in history where we bear personal witness to the radical shift in how work has been done in the past and how it will be done in the future.
We are quickly moving into a time where getting and keeping a job is increasingly more of a challenge.
As our regional, national and global economies move, evolve and change, they impact the stability and continuity of our individual jobs, careers and industries.  They are being fueled by such forces as technology, globalization, economic need and various other factors.

Your Point of View

You are reading this because you, or individuals you care about, are being adversely affected by these changes. You’re finding that the beliefs, expectations and strategies we have applied in the past regarding how we acquire jobs and maintain our careers is not as effective as it was in the past.
ou are also realizing that

  •  If you are a working professional, and are currently out of work, what you face can seem like a “perfect storm” of imposing obstacles.
  •  If you are working, you probably see these changes taking shape around you and are concerned.   You may be asking yourself what to do about it. You are coming to the conclusion that the changes are only going to become more extreme.

In truth, these changes will be occurring and affecting your short and long term employability whether you choose to take action now or not.  We all know that it is not going back to the old ways.   You need to stay ahead of the curve.

Career 1.0/Job Search 1.0 versus Career 2.0/Job Search 2.0
I will make the comparison by distinguishing the past, “Career 1.0 and Job Search 1.0” and the present “Career 2.0 and Job Search 2.0”

  • In “Career 1.0” – life and work carried forward in a serial progression of steps.  For most of us,  we first went to school or received training to prepare us for a trade or professional position.  Next, we acquired work and  then learned on the job. Finally,  we worked at that same job until we were able to retire.
  • In “Job Search 1.0” – again, the process was carried through is a series of progressive stages .. First, we made decisions on job/career options .. we wrote a resume .. we implemented job search strategies .. we interviewed .. we acquired a position.
  •  In “Career 2.0/Job Search 2.0” – we still must do all of the things we had to do in Career 1.0 —   prepare and educate ourselves for work .. perform well while on the job .. at work at that job – or more realistically a series of jobs until we get that opportunity to retire.  But now the expectations and levels of awareness are different.

Points to Consider

In order to gain employment and stay employed in the “2.0” there are additional points that you must come to terms with if you wish to continuously enjoy the benefits and rewards of good work.   So, dependent on your experience, it may have become evident to you that

  • More qualified people are competing against you for fewer good jobs
  • Mergers, reorganizations, new technologies, and changes can eliminate your job at any time
  • Good, smart, educated people are out of work for longer and longer periods of time
  • Traditional ways of getting a job and staying employed are very important yet not enough
  • You need more current and effective strategies to secure a position and stay competitive
  • Your earning power/job security is based on the value you contribute
  • You can no longer blame the “work environment” or think, “it’s not my fault”
  • To stay employed you must stand out.
  • The future of work is now personal
  • The “brand” is you
  • No one is going to pay you for just having a degree
  • The only constant is change

This is quite a list, I know.  All of these points can be overwhelming.

You want acquire and build career resilience and sustainability.  Use the available resources here to do so.

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