Career Search Advice

Career Search Advice

Finding the right career can be a daunting task.  There is so many factors and variables to consider, especially during these tough economic times.  However, a career search does not have to be so painful and anxiety ridden as long as you keep a few  key practices in place.  Remember,  a career what you do for a living not who you are as a person.

Let’s talk about the future.  Although you may not know all the details of your future goals (who does?) you still need to think long-term.  Where do you want to be in 3 months? Six months?  What type of career would you like ten years from now?  Simply asking these questions will help jump-start your career search.

Career Research.  As the saying goes, the more you know the better. Searching for the right career starts by gathering information on the possibilities that excite you the most and creating a professional resume. The average American spends 40 hours per a week on the job; therefore, it’s best to do your career research based on your interests prior to committing to a long-term position.

Chances are that you will be spending a great deal of time at your job, about 40 hours a week. Career advice and career search profiling can guide you to a job that matches your interests.

Searching for a career has changed over the years.  Long gone are the days of working for a single company or even a single industry for the duration of your career. More important than ever it’s important to maintain a fresh perspective on your career interests and be willing and able to adapt to the constantly changing industry demands.  We live in a fast paced working work that is globally connected and your skills and outlook better reflect this reality.

In other words, don’t be afraid to jump ship if you feel like you are stuck in a dead end job or a career than no longer feels challenging or rewarding.  You can be resourceful by retraining for a rising industry (e.g. Healthcare, Technology, etc.) and enrolling in online degree courses.

Happy career searching.

Green-Collar Jobs

The economy continues to shed jobs all across the country, unemployment is rising, desperation is high and American are looking for direction on what to do next. Are you one of the millions wondering what you can do? Community Colleges across the country are reporting a huge wave of unemployed workers enrolling in courses that offer job training for “green-collar” occupations.

What is a “Green Collar” job?

President Obama has pledged to promote alternative energy and curb global warming right here in America. He is banking on the fact that alternative energy would create millions of well-paying green jobs that do not require traditional four year degrees. Students across the country are learning how to installs solar panels, fix wind turbines, create biofuels and conduct other work related to renewable energy.

To meet demand, online colleges are launching or expanding green job training with money from the federal stimulus package. Yes, you read that right. There are ways in which you can have the government pay for your training.

Although the industry for renewable energy is in a slump, most experts believe that there will be a strong demand for green-collar workers once the economy turns around and the country moves to limit greenhouse gas emissions and require more alternative energy. The industry needs time to mature and the financial crisis will need to freeze, but if you’re one that likes to think in the future, green-collar career re-training would be a wise step.

With tens of billions of dollars in stimulus funds to promote renewable energy, thousands of jobs will automatically be created by default as the government will mandate buildings and public housing to be retrofitted to meet the highest green standards.