2017 Best Career Apps & Websites to Find Your New Job

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Serious about landing a new job this year? Or at least, landing a more fulfilling and higher paying job than the one you’re in now?

If you said, Yes, then let’s do it! My last article in Huffington Post, 2017 Highest Paying Jobs, Best Companies and Fastest Growing Industries, has been helping many of you identify the best job role, companies and industries where you to work.

In this article, I’m focusing on where to find your new job.

As you probably know, it can be daunting navigating through a bazillion career websites, job boards and niche communities touting the latest and greatest job openings. As a leading career coach, I even get overwhelmed! Never-the-less, every year I conduct loads of online research and capture the lessons learned and best practices from my clients to create a list of my favorite (and what, I believe, are some of the most effective and best) career apps and websites to help you find your dream job.

Where can you find your dream job?

1. Glassdoor – In my opinion, Glassdoor is the best place to start your job search. It has tons of new jobs added every day, and allows you to search by job title, key responsibilities, company or location. Plus, it provides employee reviews on company culture, senior leaders and salary information to give you a leg up on negotiating your salary. Simply sign up (it’s free!) and you have a bucket load of research and reference materials at your fingertips. Reviews.com said it best, “Glassdoor gives you both the info you need to find job opportunities and the context to see if it’s a good fit for you too.”

2. Indeed – The majority of my clients get hired off of Indeed. This is a Google-like search engine for jobs and one of the most efficient sites for surveying listings, since it aggregates information from job boards, news sites and company listings. An advanced search function provides a few more filters than Glassdoor, and allows you to drill down on a location, keyword and salary range. Indeed says it has 200 million unique visitors month and is available in 60 countries and 28 languages.

3. LinkedIn – Recruiters and hiring managers love this site. A 2015 Recruiter Nation report by Jobvite shows that 87% of recruiters are using LinkedIn (the most popular social media networking site for recruiters) to seek out job candidates. You can post a free profile so that recruiters can check you out. Another key advantage is that LinkedIn allows you to search for jobs and then shows those in your network who are currently working, or have worked, inside that organization. This makes it easier for you to find (and hopefully get) referrals which is the #1 way job candidates land a job!

Search job openings on LinkedIn by going to your home page and clicking the “jobs” tab towards the top of the page. You can search by job title, keyword, company, or use the advanced search to include additional criteria. Be sure to scroll down to view job openings and companies hiring, as well as those in your network who have worked inside those organizations. For more tips, I love this article by Pamela Vaughan, 35 LinkedIn Tips for Professional Networking, Business and Marketing.

Niche job sites…

SmartRecruiters.com reports that 62-percent of jobs are posted on niche job boards. Do yourself a favor and invest some time researching their Best 50 Niche Job Boards list. Be sure to bookmark those sites with jobs that most closely align to your skills, passions and career goals.

For example, The Ladders features executive and management jobs that pay $80,000 and above salaries. This site also has a nifty Resume Reviewer which can analyze your resume for key words, grammar and any missing information.

If you want to land a job in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math), then bookmark Dice. If you want to find jobs in journalism, P.R. or social media then try Media Bistro. If you’d like to work for a non-profit organization in the U.S. then bookmark Idealist. Or, if you’re a student or young professional, check out Internships for global organizations with paid internships.

Freelance gigs…

Want to earn some extra cash or have more freedom and flexibility in your career? You can become a freelancer or consultant by posting your skills and experience on these sites and then sit back and let the jobs come to you!

• Accenture has been on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the past 8 consecutive years as a Fortune Global 500 company that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. Check out Accenture Consulting and Forbes review Accenture’s Management Consulting Division.

Freelancer has posted almost 11 million freelancing jobs to date worth $3+ billion in 600 categories including website development, mobile apps, software architecture, internet marketing, and more.

UpWork says it posts 3 million part-time, short-term and freelance gigs annually worth $1 billion. For designers, creatives, programmers, developers, and a variety of other business services skills.

OnForce specializes in IT, OEM & POS support, as well as consume electronic installation and repairs.

Other sites that can put some cash in your pocket include: Uber, SnagaJob, TaskRabbit, and Postmates. These sites offer marketplaces for anyone wanting to get hired as a driver, mover, courier, cleaner and basic chore-doer.

Tip – the career apps and websites listed above are great resources to help you find your next job. I recommend creating a job search agent on those sites you like so that you’ll spend less time searching and more time receiving instant notifications of jobs that interest you.

In future articles, I’ll share my favorite resources and tips to help you land your dream job by getting more job leads, referrals and recommendations, as well as how to create a stellar resume and how to nail your job interviews. But for now, I hope this article helps you get one step closer to landing your dream job.

2017 Highest Paying Jobs, Hottest Companies and Fastest Growing Industries

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Want a new job? A new career filled with purpose, job growth and a beefy paycheck? According to a recent article published on Money.com, Why 2017 is Going to be the Best Job Market in Years, now is the time to land your dream job.

With the unemployment rate hovering near a low 5 percent, companies hiring an average of 284,000 employees per month over the past 3 months (the best 3-month pace in a year), and Salary.com reporting in a special 2016-2017 National Increase Budget Survey that the #1 concern for companies is scarcity of talent – there has been no better time for you to make a career change.
What are the best jobs of 2017?

That depends. If you rate “best job” as having great pay, lower stress, job growth, and work/life balance then check out U.S. News’ list of the 100 Best Jobs of 2017 where jobs in the healthcare industry dominate the top 10 list. CNN/Money/PayScale’s 100 Best Jobs in America for 2017 ranks the top 3 jobs as mobile app developer, risk manager and land manager who is the liaison between energy companies, people who own mineral rights to properties, and government agencies.

If you want to know the “best jobs” as rated by employee reviews, then check out GlassDoor.com 2017 Best Places To Work where Data Scientist tops the list with high job satisfaction, 1,736 current job openings and a mean base salary of $116,840.

Want a better lifestyle? (Ahh, imagine being able to slow down long enough to enjoy a lifestyle ) U.S. News just published 25 Best Jobs That Pay More Than $100K featuring surgeon, petroleum engineer and lawyer at the top to the list. Also, check out Business Insider’s 20 Best High-Paying Jobs in America for 2017.

Want a career with more meaning and purpose? Check out Fortune’s Change the World ranking of top 50 companies that make the world a better place by delivering a positive social impact and have an annual revenue of $1 billion or more.

Want a fun job (with an albeit small paycheck)? How about becoming a Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Guru starting at $40k per year, or a private island caretaker for $15 – $45 per hour? I also love this list by Thrillest.com 17 Dream Jobs that Seem Way Too Good to be True.

Best Jobs – College degree not necessarily required – CareerBuilder and Emsi used a variety of national and state employment resources as well as online job postings to come up with their list of 2017’s best jobs.

What are the best companies to work for in 2017?

Having a job that you actually enjoy doing is important, and so is fitting in with the company’s culture. Actually, being able to mesh in with the company’s culture is a HUGE part of job satisfaction.

Want to know which companies have the happiest employees? Fortune’s Top 100 Companies to Work For list is ranked by pay and benefits, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts, as well as employee ratings of their company’s management credibility and overall job satisfaction.

If you’d like to work for an organization that respects your heritage, beliefs and lifestyle, then you may want to work for an organization on Fortune’s 50 Best Workplaces for Diversity.

If you have a deep desire to solve problems, design solutions or launch new technologies, then check out Forbes’ list of Top 20 Most Innovative Growth Companies.

Want a cheat sheet of companies that are hiring, or most likely to be hiring? Fortune published 100 Fastest Growing Companies based on 3 years of performance with regards to revenue, profits and stock returns.

What are the fastest growing industries?

Many times, job changers stop their career short because they think they can’t switch industries like going from the mortgage industry to technology, or from retail to social media. Ahh, not necessarily so Grasshopper. Many transferable skills transition from industry to industry including managing projects or people, negotiating contracts, analyzing data, creating marketing campaigns, as well as many IT, manufacturing, sales and finance jobs.

In fact, in my own career I’ve switched industries four times and each time with a higher paycheck. So what are the fastest growing industries?
According to Business News Daily, the 20 Fastest Growing Industries include electronic shopping, translation services, and healthcare services. Forbes (as reported by Factset), published the Most Profitable Industries in 2016 which showcases pharmaceuticals, investments, tobacco, internet software/services and biotechnology.

If you’re thinking about becoming a business owner or entrepreneur, then be sure to check out Best Industries for Starting a Business in 2016 featured in Inc magazine.

What are the highest paying cities?

Location. Location. Location. If you’re just plain stuck in your career because there aren’t any jobs in your area, then it may be time to pack up the kids and Fido and head to a new town. Check out CareerBuilder.com’s list of Best and Worst Cities for Jobs. Moving your family from Chicago to Phoenix might be the best thing you can do for your career and lifestyle.

Here’s to landing your dream job in 2017 :)

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Leading Career Coach Sherri Thomas Leading Career Coach Sherri ThomasSherri Thomas is a Career Strategist. She teaches others how to think differently and more proactively in their career. Her book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories of bouncing back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback” was named “Best Career Book” by the Indie Book Awards. Her first book, “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a powerful personal brand” has been #3 on AMAZON’s TOP 10 LIST for personal branding books. As the Founder/President of Career Coaching 360, Sherri teaches training professionals, managers and executives how to change, reinvent or advance their career. Sign up for her new 3-part free video training series “15 Clever Ways to Get More Job Offers” at CareerCoaching360.com

The #1 New Year’s Resolution to Land Your Dream Job

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Want to land your dream job in 2017?  Last week I was interviewed for an article in Jobs2Careers and asked, “What is the #1 New Year’s resolution you should make this year and actually keep?”

For me, the answer is simple.  I invest in myself every single week.

Since I have a full-time corporate job, as well as my own successful career coaching practice helping others land their dream job, I don’t have time to make resolutions that I’ll never keep.  But this is ONE new year’s resolution that I make (and achieve) every year.

Just as financial advisers tell us to pay ourselves first in order to have a strong financial portfolio, I make it a habit to invest in myself every week to ensure I have a strong sense of purpose, fulfillment and get closer to achieving my personal mission.

If you’re not sure where or how to invest in yourself, then ask yourself these three questions:

  1. What’s the next thing you want to learn?
    Block out time on your calendar to conduct research, read, learn, watch TED videos, or talk to others.  Learning something new can deepen an area of expertise, change the way you think and even take you in a whole new direction.
  2.  Who inspires you?  
    Connect yourself to those who motivate and energize you.  Offer to help them with a project or support them in their personal mission. They will become your greatest champions in overcoming fear, charting new territory and realizing your dreams.
  3. Where do you ultimately want to go in your career (or at least the next stop on your career journey)?
    Put a stake in the ground and envision the kind of work you want to be doing and the type of environment and organization where you want to work.

Give yourself time and space to answer each of these questions.  See what unfolds.  We’re not meant to stay in the same job forever.  We’re meant to morph, leap, fall, stretch, grow and bounce.  When you invest your time and energy every week in these three areas, your career will find its natural flow and become effortless.

Bouncing Back after Your LayOff

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It’s natural to sit back and think that others have it easy in their career. A free pass to a cushy career. A continuous flow of promotions, status, influence and money. But what I’ve learned as a leading Career Coach is that nobody has a free pass. Nobody. Everyone has breakdowns, meltdowns and throwdowns. But I love the quote by Zig Ziglar, “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.”

So how can you bounce after you’ve just been laid off? My last article in Huffington Post, 2016 Best Career Apps and Websites to Land Your Dream Job, helped many of you find your dream job. Now let’s focus on the next step which is how to land your dream job, even after you’ve been laid off.

Here are 3 tips from my book, “The Bounce Back“ -

1. You are the storyteller of your own career.

The way you think is everything. Getting your next job heavily depends on your mindset and how you frame your career story. If you’re sending the message that you’ve been short-changed, passed over or stepped on in your career, then hiring managers are sure to see you as someone who gets short-changed, passed over and stepped on. But if you send a strong, clear message that you’re a key contributor with some big successes under your belt, then hiring managers and Sr. leaders will take notice.

Write down 2-3 of your biggest achievements over the past three years. Now, practice saying out loud in a sentence or two how you contributed to those successes and what the impact was to the organization. For example, “I was the technical lead for a new internal tool that was launched on the SAP platform. The tool is now saving the organization $500,000 a year.” Or, “I was on the creative marketing campaign for the XYZ product which gained 3% more market share and generated one million dollars in new revenue.”

Quantify your results in terms of dollars, numbers and percentages. The key to getting more job offers, leads and opportunities is talking about your results and accomplishments. Nobody will hire you unless they know what you can do.

2. Network strategically.

You may feel like crawling under the covers, but now is the time to get out and start talking with others. Eighty percent of jobs are going to those job candidates who have a referral within the organization. That means, you need to know someone inside the company who can put their stamp of approval on you. Who do you know who could recommend you to the hiring manager?

Start by re-connecting with past managers, colleagues and customers. Networking isn’t one-sided. It’s two-sided. It’s about having a professional relationship that is mutually supportive of each other’s career. Ask how you can support them. Offer to send those in your network information that might be helpful in their job, write a recommendation for them on LinkedIn, or connect them to someone in your network who could potentially become a new client.

I understand that you had a setback, but that was just one experience with a small handful of people. Connect with others you have worked with who know the value and impact you bring to an organization. Ask if they would write a recommendation for your LinkedIn profile, or send a letter of recommendation to a hiring manger. Ask if they know of any job leads they could give you. Building a strong network of supporters will pave the way to landing your next job.

3. Framing your story after a setback.

Earlier in my career I was laid off at a small advertising agency, and within a few months bounced back as the new Regional Marketing Manager for a Fortune 100 finance company. I believe that a large part of the reason I was hired was because of the way I told my career story to the Vice President.

During the interview, the VP asked why I left my last company. I talked about how it was a great company and how much I loved my role and responsibilities. Then, I addressed the reason for my layoff which was, “I didn’t realize when I took the position that I was expected to fill the shoes of two employees. Even though I had some big results and was good at my job, I just simply couldn’t fill both of their shoes.” That was it. Enough said. Calm, confident and succinct. The VP didn’t ask any follow-up questions about my previous situation. Two days later he hired me.

It’s not the setback that holds you back, but how you internalize the setback that is pivotal to bouncing back. Everyone has setbacks in their career. E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E. Don’t let a negative experience stop you from moving your career forward. The key is to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, tap your network, and frame your career story with confidence.

Your next career opportunity is out there – now go get it! :)

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Leading Career Coach Sherri ThomasSherri Thomas is a Career Strategist. She teaches others how to think differently and more proactively in their career. Her book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories of bouncing back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback” was named “Best Career Book” by the Indie Book Awards. Her first book, “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a powerful personal brand” has been #3 on AMAZON’s TOP 10 LIST for personal branding books. As the Founder/President of Career Coaching 360, Sherri teaches training professionals, managers and executives how to change, reinvent or advance their career. Sign up for her new 3-part free video training series “15 Clever Ways to Get More Job Offers” at CareerCoaching360.com

2016 Best Career Websites and Apps to Land Your Dream Career

graphicSerious about landing your dream job this year? Or at least, landing a more fulfilling and higher paying job than the one you’re in now?

If you said, yes, then let’s do it! My last article in Huffington Post, 2016 Hottest Jobs, Highest Paying Companies and Fastest Growing Industries, helped many of you identify the job role and industry where you want to work.

Now let’s focus on the next step which is how to find your dream job.

As you probably know, it can be daunting navigating through a kajillion career websites, job boards and niche communities touting the latest and greatest job openings. As a career coach, I even get overwhelmed! Never-the-less, every year I conduct loads of online research and capture the lessons learned and best practices from my clients to create a list of my favorite (and what, I believe, are some of the most effective and best) career apps and websites that can help you find your dream job –

Salary.com published 10 Best Job Hunting Apps to Get You Hired“ which features apps to help make changing your career a snap including helping you stay organized, write your resume, and ace your interview.

One of my favorite on this list is JobMo which lets you search by location using Google maps in over 20 countries, find and apply for jobs listed on sites like Indeed, Simply Hired, The Ladders and Monster, as well as allows you to research companies and compare salary information.

SWITCH app – I love this cool, easy app! Available in the apple store and Google play, this app makes job searching fun by allowing you to search for jobs quickly from your phone. Simply swipe right if you’re interested in a job, or swipe left if you’re not interested. Employers and recruiters are automatically notified when a candidate is interested in their job. And, when recruiters and employers are interested in you(!) they’ll use the on-line chat feature to connect with you, set up an interview, etc. It’s simple, fast, and even eliminates the need for that annoying cover letter. :)

JobR app – another cool app that allows you to set up a profile, create and upload your resume and then search for jobs. This job search and resume app also has one more great feature – a personal “career concierge” to answer all your questions and point you in the right direction!

Want to know which career websites are best for job hunting? Forbes did all the heavy lifting by researching over 2,000 career websites, and then publishing their list of “10 Best Websites for Your Career.” This master list is not a ranking, but rather a roster that Forbes’ staff believes can be useful to all sorts of job seekers at varying stages of their careers – from executives to managers to interns.

I have three (3) favorite career sites from this list which include –

1. LinkedIn – Recruiters and hiring managers use LinkedIn more than any other website to connect with job candidates. LinkedIn is the largest professional social networking site and has more than +400 million members in +200 countries. People are signing up at approximately two new members a second! It is free to become a member and post a summary of your career and work history.

To find job openings, you can go to the LinkedIn Jobs web page and search by job title, keyword or company. You can also do an advanced search to include additional search criteria. On the Jobs page, you can also look for jobs under the sections for “Jobs You May be Interested In” and “Jobs in Your Network”.

For more tips on how to use LinkedIn for your career change I’ve found the LinkedIn – Jobs and Professional Services web page full of great tips and helpful recommendations.

2. Indeed – I’ve had many clients get hired off of Indeed. This is a Google-like search engine for jobs and one of the most efficient sites for surveying listings, since it aggregates information from job boards, news sites and company listings. An advanced search function allows you to drill down on a location, keywords and salary range. Indeed says it has 180 million unique visitors month. It’s available in 50 countries and 26 languages.

3. SimplyHired – Like Indeed, SimplyHired is a Google-like search engine for jobs and a quick way to survey a massive number of job listings, plus provides a salary estimator. The site, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., aggregates information from job boards, news sites and company listings. At last count, it had 30 million unique visitors a month. One cool feature of SimplyHired over Indeed: Job listings will display your LinkedIn connections to each job!

JobCase is a terrific resource if you don’t have a traditional resume or four-year degree, but have some job experience. Jobcase is an online community resource and advocate for the non-traditional workforce by providing job listings for hourly work and will even connect you to mentors.

Tip – The career apps and websites listed above are great resources to help you find your next job. I highly recommend that you bookmark, and create a job search agent on those sites that have jobs which most closely match your skills and passions so that you’ll receive instant notifications of jobs that interest you.

Here’s a little known fact from SmartRecruiters.com about finding jobs – 62-percent of jobs are posted on niche job boards. Reported in this special report “Best 50 Niche Job Boards“ Smart Recruiters assessed thousands of sites listing job openings. I’ve had many clients get hired off Dice, Media Bistro and other sites featured on this list, so be sure to research these sites and bookmark those that most closely align to your skills, talents and passions.

Want to see a few more career websites on my list of favorites?  Click here to read my complete article on Huffington Post,2016 Best Career Apps and Websites to Land Your Dream Job

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Leading Career Coach Sherri ThomasSherri Thomas is a Career Strategist. She teaches others how to think differently and more proactively in their career. Her book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories of bouncing back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback” was named “Best Career Book” by the Indie Book Awards. Her first book, “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a powerful personal brand” has been #3 on AMAZON’s TOP 10 LIST for personal branding books. As the Founder/President of Career Coaching 360, Sherri teaches training professionals, managers and executives how to change, reinvent or advance their career. Sign up for her new 3-part free video training series “15 Clever Ways to Get More Job Offers” at CareerCoaching360.com

Hottest Jobs, Highest Paying Companies and Fastest Growing Industries in 2016

Wow, I’m so thrilled!  I just received some really exciting news!  Arriana Huffington sent me a personal note inviting me to be a Huffington Post career columnist so I’m writing to share with you my recently published article, “Hottest Jobs, Highest Paying Companies and Fastest Growing Industries of 2016.”

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Daydreaming of a new job? With the unemployment rate hovering at 5 percent, and companies hiring an average of 284,000 employees per month over the past 3 months (the best 3-month pace in a year) there couldn’t be a better time to shoot for the moon and land your dream job.

But what if you’re not certain what that dream job is? For a little help, check out US News & Money’s 100 Best Jobs list based on employment opportunity, salary, work/life balance and job security, and Forbes list of 10 Toughest Jobs to Fill for 2016 for jobs that are in high-demand and have have less competition, higher salaries and more market demand. If your niche is banking or finance, then you may want to check out Wall Street’s 10 Most In-Demand Jobs for 2016 published by Bloomberg Business.

Which jobs are trending in 2016? I love Glassdoor’s current trends web page which allows you to view hot trends by location, industry and job title. Also, this special report by US News & Money, 5 Trends for Job Seekers in 2016 provides some excellent tips to help you get your foot in the door including how to best leverage a talent community in your niche.

Want a beefier paycheck? Then check out 30 Highest Paying Jobs in America by Business Insider which features data compiled by the latest US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates survey. Ka-ching!

Click here to read my full article on Huffington Post…

 

 

Changing Your Job – is it worth it to start over?

Career CoachingFeeling stuck in your career?  On one hand you want a more inspiring job, but on the other hand you’re afraid of decreasing your salary, or worse yet, that something goes dreadfully wrong in your new dream job and you suddenly find yourself unemployed.

Whether you’re a marketing guru in the high tech industry or a program manager in a fast-paced Fortune 100 company, you’ll eventually hit a fork in your career road and ask yourself, “If I leave my current job will the risk be worth the reward?” 

Personally, I’ve re-branded my own career four (4) times and each time with a higher paycheck.  I’ve learned that there are three (3) critical challenges with re-branding and the strategies you need to overcome those challenges –

  1. Does re-branding mean a salary decrease?

    As a leading career coach, the #1 biggest question I get asked is, “How can I re-brand myself without decreasing my salary?”

    Each time I re-branded myself, I received a 15-34% higher paycheck. A client of mine, Matt, also just reinvented himself from a TV production manager to a high-tech production manager and received a 15% pay increase.

    So how can you do it? First, choose a higher paying industry. Some industries pay higher than others. For example, healthcare and high tech industries typically pay more than the media and construction industries. When I switched from a marketing role in television to a marketing role in the finance industry, I received a 29% salary increase.

    Next, you’ll want to target the higher paying companies.  There are companies within the same industry that pay more than others so do some research and find out which companies have the highest wages.  Finally, some job roles pay higher than others. For example, when I re-branded myself from being a marketing project manager to a technical project manager I received a 34% salary increase. Do your homework and research high paying industries, companies and job roles on sites such as GlassDoor.com and Salary.com

  2. What if I fail?

    I understand fear.  Each time I thought about re-branding myself I got scared. Fear of failure. Fear of change. Fear of the unknown.

    The secret is learning how to set yourself up for success. Use your job interviews as an opportunity to learn about the company’s culture, management style, job scope and anything else that’s important to you such as telecommuting, professional training or advancement opportunities. By asking the right questions, you’ll be able to learn if the new job would offer you the right challenges and the right environment where you could thrive.

    Also, just because somebody wants to hire you doesn’t mean you should automatically accept the position. Many times, I’ve taken myself out of the hiring process because either the job or the manager weren’t a good fit. You don’t have to accept a job offer unless you want it.

  3. What if I don’t have the right stuff?

    Moving into a different career requires that you have different skills and experience. So if you don’t have the skills or experience, then you’ll need to invest in yourself to get it.

    If you’re seeing that your dream job requires an advanced degree or certification, then invest in yourself and go get it. If you need some kind of specialized expertise or experience, then get it. I joined the Board of Directors of the American Marketing Association (an outside volunteer position) to strengthen my marketing and leadership skills which gave me the experience I needed to land a Fortune 100 job.  Another time, when a company didn’t have the budget to send me to a training conference that I knew would help me land my next dream job, I paid my own way.

    It’s your career.  Take ownership and drive it where you want it to go.  Invest your time, money and energy to get the training, education and experience you need to re-brand yourself. Don’t wait and think that you’ll find a hiring manager to “take a chance” on you.  That’s a pipe dream.  You need to step up and invest in yourself – and then the job offers will follow! :)

And finally…

There’s a kind of quiet confidence that we all have down deep inside. A confidence that comes from knowing what we’re capable of doing. When you re-brand yourself into a new job role or a new company, you need to show the hiring manager that you have confidence in yourself and know that you’ll be successful in the job. When it comes to re-branding yourself, it’s not just your skills and experience but your attitude that counts!

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Leading Career Coach Sherri ThomasSherri Thomas is a Career Strategist. She teaches others how to think differently and more proactively in their career. Her book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories of bouncing back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback” was named “Best Career Book” by the Indie Book Awards. Her first book, “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a powerful personal brand” has been #3 on AMAZON’s TOP 10 LIST for personal branding books. As the Founder/President of Career Coaching 360, Sherri teaches training professionals, managers and executives how to change, reinvent or advance their career. Sign up for her new 3-part free video training series “15 Clever Ways to Get More Job Offers” at CareerCoaching360.com

 

Should You Re-Brand Your Career?

Career CoachingFeeling stuck in your career?  On one hand you want to move into a more inspiring job, but on the other hand you’re afraid of losing your salary, or worse yet, that your new dream job turns out to be unstable and you find yourself suddenly unemployed?

Whether you’re a marketing guru in the high tech industry or a project manager for a Fortune 100 company, you’ll eventually hit a fork in the career road and ask yourself, “If I leave my current job will the risk be worth the reward?” 

Personally, I’ve re-branded my own career four (4) times and each time with a higher paycheck.  I’ve learned that there are three (3) critical challenges with re-branding and the strategies you need to overcome those challenges –

  1. Does re-branding mean a salary decrease?

    As a leading career coach, the #1 biggest question I get asked is, “How can I re-brand myself without decreasing my salary?”

    Each time I re-branded myself, I received a 15-34% higher paycheck. A client of mine, Matt, also just reinvented himself from a TV production manager to a high-tech production manager and received a 15% pay increase.

    So how can you do it? First, choose a higher paying industry. Some industries pay higher than others. For example, healthcare and high tech industries typically pay more than the media and construction industries. When I switched from a marketing role in television to a marketing role in the finance industry, I received a 29% salary increase.

    Next, you’ll want to target the higher paying companies.  There are companies within the same industry that pay more than others so do some research and find out which companies have the highest wages.  Finally, some job roles pay higher than others. For example, when I re-branded myself from being a marketing project manager to a technical project manager I received a 34% salary increase. Do your homework and research high paying industries, companies and job roles on sites such as GlassDoor.com and Salary.com

  2. What if I fail?

    I understand fear.  Each time I thought about re-branding myself I got scared. Fear of failure. Fear of change. Fear of the unknown.

    The secret is learning how to set yourself up for success. Use your job interviews as an opportunity to learn about the company’s culture, management style and anything else that’s important to you such as telecommuting, professional training or advancement opportunities. By asking the right questions, you’ll be able to learn if the new job would offer you the right challenges and the right environment where you could thrive.

    Also, just because somebody wants to hire you doesn’t mean you should automatically accept the position. Many times, I’ve taken myself out of the hiring process because either the job or the company weren’t a good fit. You don’t have to accept a job offer unless you want it.

  3. What if I don’t have the right stuff?

    Moving into a different career requires that you have different skills and experience. So if you don’t have the skills or experience, then you’ll need to invest in yourself to get it.

    If you’re seeing that your dream job requires an advanced degree or certification, then invest in yourself and go get it. If you need some kind of specialized expertise or experience, then get it. I joined the Board of Directors of the American Marketing Association (an outside volunteer position) to strengthen my marketing and leadership skills which gave me the experience I needed to land a Fortune 100 job.  Another time, when a company didn’t have the budget to send me to a training conference that I knew would help me land my next dream job, I paid my own way.

    It’s your career.  Take ownership and drive it where you want it to go.  Invest your time, money and energy to get the training, education and experience you need to re-brand yourself. Don’t wait and think that you’ll find a hiring manager to “take a chance” on you.  That’s a pipe dream.  You need to step up and invest in yourself – and then the job offers will follow! :)

And finally…

There’s a kind of quiet confidence that we all have down deep inside. A confidence that comes from knowing what we’re capable of doing. When you re-brand yourself into a new job role or a new company, you need to show the hiring manager that you have confidence in yourself and know that you’ll be successful in the job. When it comes to re-branding yourself, it’s not just your skills and experience but your attitude that counts!

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Leading Career Coach Sherri ThomasSherri Thomas is a Career Strategist. She teaches others how to think differently and more proactively in their career. Her book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories of bouncing back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback” was named “Best Career Book” by the Indie Book Awards. Her first book, “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a powerful personal brand” has been #3 on AMAZON’s TOP 10 LIST for personal branding books. As the Founder/President of Career Coaching 360, Sherri teaches training professionals, managers and executives how to change, reinvent or advance their career. Sign up for her new 3-part free video training series “15 Clever Ways to Get More Job Offers” at CareerCoaching360.com

Become the Rainmaker in Your Own Career

If you want more options, more choices or even a completely different career, there is one surefire way to get it – become your own rainmaker.

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Earlier in my career, I was laid off three times in twelve months (I refer to it as the “3-bang lay-off” in my book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories of bouncing back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback.”) I realized that the universe was trying to tell me something BIG and what I needed to do was take control over my career. I needed to stop being so reactive and become more proactive.

Back then, I applied for every job opening I heard about within a 100-mile radius and if someone wanted to hire me, I’d go work for him. Or if my manager said, “Go lead that team”, I would go lead that team. But being complacent and compliant wasn’t getting me anywhere.

Fast forward to today where I’m working full time at a Fortune 100 company (14 years and counting…) leading management and career training, as well as having a side gig as a leading career coach and award-winning author.

How did it happen? I became my own rainmaker. In other words, I found and created my own career opportunities by following these three simple strategies –

  1. Taking my career into my own hands.

    I no longer feel “safe” working inside a company. I love the challenge, but with all of the downsizing, mergers and re-orgs going on I was in a constant state of worrying about “what if’s.” So I decided to follow my heart, my passion and my intuition and mitigated my full-time job by starting my own side gig – as a career coach.

    I never dreamed of being an entrepreneur, but I did have a strong desire to be the master of my own career domain. So I decided to write, speak and coach others on something I knew about – career rebranding. Since I had successfully worked in several industries including radio, television, finance and high-tech, as well as various job roles such as DJ, advertising producer and marketing manager, I invested three months to write my first book called, “Career Smart – Five Steps to a Powerful Personal Brand.”

    When I took my career into my own hands – doors started opening. The book led to media interviews, consulting contracts and a few clients. What that experience taught me is that the universe will provide us with opportunities when we 1) move in the right direction, and 2) step up. The point is to share your expertise. When you start teaching, mentoring and leading others on a topic you are passionate about – opportunities will chase you down. J

  2. Finding my balance.

    When you do work that you enjoy – it fills you with energy. When you work on things you dislike, it drains you. I’m now able to do more of the work that I love by having rich, meaningful conversations with my manager about what I enjoy, and where I can add the most value to the department. It didn’t happen overnight but once I was able to articulate what I enjoyed doing, my manager was able to re-assign some of my less fulfilling work and give me more of those projects and assignments that infuse me with energy.

    I’m also able to pick and choose the opportunities from my side gig that energize me. If a client seems particularly picky or fussy, then I don’t take them on. If a speaking opportunity isn’t worth taking a vacation day for, then I decline it. If there’s work I don’t enjoy doing (website maintenance, email communications, etc.) then I contract it out.

    When my full-time day job gets demanding, then I put my side gig activities on hold. What I know for sure is that I’m the architect of finding my own balance. Every day, we make decisions regarding when and how we spend our time. It’s been a learning process (and still is), but I’m now able to identify and prioritize the kind of work that fulfills and energizes me.

  3. Creating a pipeline of opportunities.

I’ve had a full-time training job and my own side gig for the past five years, and I’ve realized that some of things I do (coaching, training, speaking, etc.) create opportunities for me; however, I never know exactly which activities will create those opportunities. For example, after I speak at some events I’ll receive an invitation to speak at a bigger, higher paying event. But I never know which events will bring me those lucrative opportunities.

What I’ve learned is to follow what I love doing. For me that includes coaching, training and speaking. When I’m doing any of those activities I’m fully present, passionate and excited to be helping others find their best career. I don’t do them because they bring me opportunities – I do them because they energize and fulfill me, and as a result, some bring opportunities. My desire outweighs any expectations.

Some opportunities I decline, and some I accept. But no matter what I’ve found that the more opportunities I have, the more empowered I feel. It’s empowering to know that I have choices and that I am the driver in my own career. Whether you want to make one small change or a complete overhaul in your career, start today to make it happen. Become the rainmaker in your own career so that you can do meaningful, purposeful work and feel valued, appreciated and energized. I’m here to cheer you on and say that you really can create a career that you love – you just have to get in the driver’s seat and make it happen! :)

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Leading Career Coach Sherri ThomasSherri Thomas is a Career Strategist. She teaches others how to think differently and more proactively in their career. Her book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories of bouncing back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback” was named “Best Career Book” by the Indie Book Awards. Her first book, “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a powerful personal brand” has been #3 on AMAZON’s TOP 10 LIST for personal branding books. As the Founder/President of Career Coaching 360, Sherri teaches training professionals, managers and executives how to change, reinvent or advance their career. Sign up for her new 3-part free video training series “15 Clever Ways to Get More Job Offers” at CareerCoaching360.com

Your Personal 3-Step Checklist to a New Career

Are you thinking, “I need a new job!”   
Are you thinking it every day?
If you spend your days fantasizing about getting into a new career that fills you with more meaning and purpose, then it’s time to take action.  I’ve successfully reinvented my own career four (4) times and I fully believethat life is way too short to stay in a meaningless job where you’re unfulfilled, unchallenged and under-valued.

As a leading career coach, the #1 biggest question I get asked is, “How can I transition into a new career without decreasing my salary?” Each time I reinvented my own career, I received anywhere between an 8% – 32% salary increase. A client of mine, Matt, just reinvented his career from being a manager in the TV industry to becoming a manager in high tech, and received a 17-percent pay increase.

So how did we do it?  And how can YOU do it?

Moving into a new career means repackaging your skills, qualifications and successes so that you can transition into a new job role, company or industry. It takes a strong vision, a solid plan, and someone who can coach you through your transition, but yes, it is possible! Below are four steps I take with my clients to teach them how to reinvent their career –

  1. Identify your transferable skills.

    If you’ve been working for at least five years, then you have transferable skills. These are skills that transition from industry to industry, or from job role to job role. Examples include: managing projects, teams, clients or budgets, as well as negotiating contracts, helping a company generate revenue, save money, or gain market share.

    Other transferable skills include personal characteristics such as demonstrating leadership, mentoring or training others, risk taking, being goal driven, results oriented, a problem solver, or having the ability to influence senior managers. These are great skills to have, and they transfer from industry to industry. All kinds of industries and companies value employees with these types of skills and characteristics.

  2. Match your transferable skills to job roles.

    Read job descriptions posted on Indeed.com, CareerJournal.com, CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com, as well as business journals and industry-specific websites. If you want to work for a specific company then check out their website’s on-line job postings. Learn the skills and qualifications required for various job roles.

    Then, match your transferable skills to those jobs you want to go after. If there’s a gap between the required skills and the skills that you currently have, then look for ways to gain that experience such as taking on an extended assignment in your current job, or if you’re in between jobs then try freelancing, consulting, or volunteering.

    Also, attend industry conferences, trade shows, business networking events and association meetings. Talk to people who work in the industry to learn about their career path, key skills, and advice on how to break into the business.

  3. Blow up your resume.

    The first thing I always did before I transitioned into a new career was blow up my resume. Trying to piece together a resume that highlighted the skills I used to get my last job with the skills I needed to land my next job was like trying to weld together Lexus parts on a BMW. It doesn’t work. You need a brand new resume.

    Hiring managers don’t care about every job you’ve ever had. They just want to know if you can do their job? In order to get noticed you’ll need a clean, polished and professionally written resume.

And one more tip… attitude is king! I’ve found that getting a new job really boils down to two things: confidence and passion. I’ve never walked into an interview having met all of the job requirements. In fact, for the television interview, I lacked the two biggest requirements which were a minimum of two years experience in television, and a reel to show my TV work.

There’s a kind of quiet confidence that we all have down deep inside. A confidence that comes from knowing what we’re capable of doing.  If you want the job offer, you’ll need to sell yourself to the hiring manager by showing you have confidence in yourself to be successful in the job. When it comes to reinventing your career, it’s not just your skills and talent but your attitude that counts!

Want a little help transitioning into your new career?
Check out my services for personal career coaching packages, resume development and interview coaching.  Potential clients can request a 15-minute complimentary consultation by writing to Tim@CareerCoaching360.com

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Sherri Thomas is a Career Strategist, international speaker and award-winning author of the “2013 BEST CAREER BOOK” by the Indie Book Awards for her book “The Bounce Back – personal stories of bouncing back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback”.  She also authored, “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a Powerful Personal Brand– which is on AMAZON’s TOP 50 LIST for personal branding books. Sherri is the President and Founder of Career Coaching 360 which provides resume help, interviewing support, and personal career coaching for executives and professionals who want to change, reinvent or advance their career.

For a limited time, you can download the three FREE chapters of “The Bounce Back” at http://www.MyBounceBack.com

The Bounce Back by Sherri Thomas