Best Practices for Starting a Job Search
When you think of the term, “rebooting”, it means to reload the operating system of a computer or phone and start it up again. So, rebooting allows the computer or phone to restart and get back to working as normal or get back on track to complete a task. Why not start a new career after being a part of a workforce reduction or retiring after being with a company for many years? Why not give your life a reboot? Rebooting your life is a gift to yourself. It is an opportunity to reconnect with your internal dreams, spirit, and tap into the wisdom and joy that lives in you. While rebooting, it is important to acknowledge the fears that are present in your life regarding rebooting or making a new career change.
I have been there, and I think if you have felt anything like me while seeking a new career opportunity or trying to restart or rebooting myself in a different direction, it is not an easy process. I am sure you have felt or had those overwhelming moments when seeking to find a new starting point that will make a difference or point you in the right direction. As you move forward in this new journey amid the chaos surrounding you, one must look within yourself and determine what changes you are willing to make towards a new career opportunity in 2020. As you know: there is no denying that the world and our country are experiencing challenging times that have impacted us mentally, emotionally, and some physically and financially.
Regardless of where you are, you may feel stuck in a pattern, or you’ve been following the wrong path for too long. Perhaps your life needs a jolt, or you need to reboot. Now is the time to start the rebooting process or at least some of the strategies listed below. Rebooting any area of your life can put you on a new or fresh start toward your next career opportunity. Focus on where you are going and not what is behind you. Once you determine your next career goal, have confidence in your decision and you can positively work hard toward your goal and be happy about your career decision.
Once you’ve made that decision, consider the following information. Also, remember that for most of us, contemplating a new career change or rebooting can or is the most daunting part of life.
First things first, you may not be aware of current labor market information in your city or area. For example, what companies are hiring? What occupations are needed where you live? What’s the unemployment rate in your area? Depending on your occupation, are you current with what technology is needed in today’s job market? Is there a possibility you may need other training? Are you willing to relocate or how far are you willing to travel daily? Are you looking for full-time or part-time positions? What type of benefits do you desire? What salary or hourly rate are seeking? You may have other concerns to consider that are not listed.
Consider what you did in your past position including what skills are transferable for this new position. Will you need any type of certification or education requirements? Would you need to speak another language? If you decide to stay in the same occupation, it’s a good idea to read news about the industry you are looking to rejoin. Gather information about the current marketplace to help you decide if refreshing your skills might be necessary…or not.
These are some things to consider when deciding to embark on a second career. One good place to find labor market information that we’ve been discussing is on the Workforce Solutions website. Another resource is through AARP. Here’s to you and your reboot!
Carolyn Kennard is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. She conducts job search skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region. Before embarking on a career in workforce development, Carolyn achieved success in marketing and training with a major oil company. Carolyn holds a B.A. degree from Virginia State University and an M.A. degree from Prairie View A&M University.