How to Pick the Best Career For You , Part 2: From Exposure-to-Opportunity

Written by Marta L. Driesslein, CECC

Let’s face it. Searching for employment is a royal pain inrepparttar butt. Want to knowrepparttar 135172 best way to get exposure to key company leaders and unpublicized opportunity withrepparttar 135173 least amount of stumbling?

Gain an audience by recognizing opportunity There’s a sexier method to salsa into a great career with less tripping and more flair. Look for problems to solve and create a personalized solution. Find those challenges by spotting company movement of any kind, whetherrepparttar 135174 change is good, bad or ugly. If you do this, you’ll capitalize on an opportunity to be heard and get that coveted invitation to dance inrepparttar 135175 king’s court.

Hot career tip: If you want to infiltrate an intended employer fortress, a feat that other job seekers assume impossible, remember that it’s much easier ifrepparttar 135176 inhabitants onrepparttar 135177 other side openrepparttar 135178 door for you.

Here are three things that you need to know to increase your chances of obtaining an insider’s invite:

Resume blasting is as productive as sailing paper airplanes aimlessly intorepparttar 135179 wind

Traditional networking causes most job candidates to feel like hookers standing on a dimly-lit street corner soliciting interest from passersby. Online job searching, a passive mind-numbing activity, done without a target will suckrepparttar 135180 creative energy right out of you

You won’t find that best job through traditional networking What happened torepparttar 135181 prevailing idea that networking isrepparttar 135182 best career resource to find a new job? “Networking is still one ofrepparttar 135183 better methods to find employment but today it’s used in a different way,” says Randy Stevens, President and CEO of R. L. Stevens & Associates Inc., a national career marketing firm based in Waltham, Massachusetts. “Inrepparttar 135184 fifth year of a negative economy, actually byrepparttar 135185 second year, networks get choked. Overrepparttar 135186 last few years these networks have been overused by people who had good networks.”

Traditional Networking has been replaced and redefined There’s a better way to get doors open says Stevens. The concept of “Greasingrepparttar 135187 Wheel,” has replacedrepparttar 135188 model of traditional networking. He explains, “In this current employment cycle coveringrepparttar 135189 past five years, traditional networking transitioned to becoming more meaningful for informational interviews to gather information, rather than directly finding a job. ‘Greasingrepparttar 135190 Wheel’ onrepparttar 135191 other hand, is a fresher approach because it ties or connects a personalized solution you’ve identified to an employer’s need.” Your job search is then redefined from looking for employment openings to more proactively seeking a gateway to supply value and benefit as a solution provider.

Your Salary: What Are You Worth?

Written by David Richter

Why is it a good idea to determine your worth? Whether you plan to stay at your current job or seek employment elsewhere, your assessment of your worth can become a bargaining chip should you choose to negotiate for higher compensation. It’s a reference point on your way to improving not only your standard of living but your sense of self as well.

There are many ways your worth is determined for a particular job. One way is to look at your current earnings. That will at least tell you how your boss or company views your worth. Another way is to find out whatrepparttar average job salaries are for people performingrepparttar 135091 same functions as you. Still another approach is to use a salary calculator to look at a salary comparison based on several factors including industry, geography and of courserepparttar 135092 level ofrepparttar 135093 position itself. If you are interested in that approach, has a neat formula for calculating salary. You can go to their site for more information:

If you want to make a lot of money, I suggest you look to your true worth. In most cases, your true worth is far greater than your current compensation. Your worth can be defined by what you bring torepparttar 135094 table that is unique and valuable. Look atrepparttar 135095 skills, strengths, core competencies, marketable assets and accomplishments you can declare as your own. This is what describes your uniqueness. It is what differentiates you fromrepparttar 135096 crowd.

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