If you’ve been doing the same job for the last 8 to 10 years, then you’re probably feeling it may be time for a change.
It’s hard to know what else is available, especially when you’ve been concentrating on the one job all this time.
The job opportunities that are available today have changed dramatically. Thanks to technology, there is room for much more flexibility. You don’t necessarily need to be chained to an office environment. And we’re pleased to say that the world of work is changing for the better.
The trend is for more high level professionals to begin working more on contracts, rather than having full time employment. This means that you’ll be virtually working for yourself, and you’ll be constantly monitoring your industry to keep aware of what opportunities are soon becoming available.
You won’t be constantly worrying about redundancies or restructures, because the workplace is already so fluid.
You are your own product, so it’ll be your responsibility to keep uptodate with the technologies that are emerging and popular within your sector. You’ll also be expected to keep up to date with international and local news that impacts on your industry.
In a nutshell, you will ultimately be your own boss, who is in charge of your own professional development. It will also be your responsibility to make sure you negotiate a salary that reflects the skills, knowledge and expertise you have to offer.
The loyalty factor is fast diminishing, it’s a more equal playing field:
- You as an employee (or contractor) will be expected to perform a set of job functions and deliver specific results.
- The employer is responsible for keeping you engaged and interested in working for their organisation, and not their competitors.
For all these reasons, it’s a great idea to start talking to people within your industry. Keep your finger on the pulse of what is going on, and what job opportunities may be opening.
The next step would be to make sure you’ve got an uptodate LinkedIn profile that is SEO optimized with the keywords that headhunters and hiring managers will use to find somebody with your skills and expertise. Following this would be to make sure your resume or CV is uptodate and consisely articulates the results you have helped to generate for your current and past employers. If you’re within the IT, Sales or Marketing sectors, you may also like to think about claiming your own URL (www.yourname.com.au) as personal branding will be compulsory in a few years time, and you’ll kick yourself if you haven’t claimed your own name website URL.
Melbourne Resumes offer premium level career services that will help you define exactly where you want your career to be within the next 5 years, and then help to develop a plan on how to get there.
If you’re interested in finding out more about our career services, please contact us on (03) 9013 3890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.