There is no denying 2014 was a busy year for me. I’ve challenged myself in a number of areas, including contributing to the e-Learning Heroes community and actively using social media such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, ScoopIt, Delicious and Diigo. I’ve developed and released an e-Portfolio and started my own YouTube channel. I’ve taken myself out of my comfort zone and tried new things and in doing this have surprised myself with the possibilities.
The year ended with me attending a careers workshop run by Paragon Recruitment. The agenda for this workshop was:
- Where are the jobs for over 50’s
- Why you can’t get a job, what are you doing wrong?
- The resume/cover letter
- Dealing with recruiters/agencies
- Options – Should I buy a franchise/business? Should I open a coffee shop?
- What are the contracting options?
- Tips and tricks for finding the elusive job
During this workshop one of the most interesting things I learnt was that only around 20% of jobs are advertised now – the rest are filled through word-of-mouth, referrals or by other means such as professional networking. I have personally experienced this over the last few months with an increasing number of direct approaches by recruiters based on my social media career profiles. The message this sends to job seekers is that they will no longer be able to rely solely on the system of applying for advertised positions but will need to adopt a more pro-active strategy to secure employment, including serious professional networking.
Even though it seems I’m on the right track as far as building my professional network, in this regard I’ve set myself some further specific goals for 2015. One of my goals is to contribute more to online discussions in the fields of e-Learning, instructional design and knowledge management. The other is to start a weekly summary of what my week has brought as far as learning goes. Being organised enough to collate learnings on a weekly basis seems like an enormous challenge at this point, but not insurmountable.
If you don’t know exactly what you want, how will you find it, how will you inform others and how will you target your perfect job?
As part of the careers workshop I attended in December, I have been given some homework – the first of eight stages. Stage 1 is about defining what it is I really want in a career. I’ve been challenged to imagine I’m the director of my life and write a “reverse job description” – a short 1-2 page description of my ideal job/role/career as if I already have it and am working on it. Being realistic about my skill set and honest with myself about what it is that I really want to do and what I’m passionate about are elements of the self-reflection I will need to do for this homework. The idea behind actually writing this down is that this will put the wheels into motion and opportunities will present themselves.
I’m certain this year will bring many opportunities and challenges and I’m looking forward to the learning, sharing and hopefully success that comes with these.
What will the new year bring you as far as your career goes?