In today’s age of high unemployment and globalization, it has become more important than ever to stay on top of trends and information in your profession. The key to winning the position you want is a combination of exposure to the right people and having the right background for the job.
In this job searching tip, we have outlined several methods you can use to stay on top of what’s happening in your profession.
1. Keep informed with trade magazines.There are magazines available for just about every profession that exists. If you are a bonna fide member of a given profession, you are entitled to receive trade magazines related to that profession for free! This is an excellent way to keep on top of what’s happening in your profession so when you are up for a promotion at your current job or interviewing for a new postiion, you will come across as someone who is well-informed about what’s happening in your industry.
2. Join professional and trade associations related to your profession.One of the most effective ways of finding a new job is through networking with other people. There are over 2,000 professional and trade associations in the United States. If you don’t already belong to one, visit the Association Executives web site at www.asaenet.org and use their association search tool to find the associations that are right for you. Not only do the associations provide great live networking opportunities, but many of them also have job boards you can search for positions that are highly relevant to your background.
3. No matter what profession you’re in, computer skills are a big part of being considered proficient and competitive. Video Professor offers a free at-home computer training course on CD-ROM. If you haven’t already gotten one of their training CDs, we recommend doing so – you have nothing to lose!
4. In certain professions, like Paralegals and I.T. professionals, it has become standard practice to quantify job candidates’ skill levels using certification tests.This has become a major obstacle to job seekers in these areas because of the high cost of traditional classroom training. However, we have found some providers who offer train-at-home courses to help you prepare for these certification tests.
5. If you’re in a profession where people with degrees have an edge, you don’t necessarily need to attend live classroom courses to compete.There are accredited colleges where you can earn a degree online – including MBAs, BAs, etc.