You likely conduct considerable research before you make large purchases like a car or a home, right? You do the same when investing in stocks, bonds, and other items contained in your investment portfolio, right? You may even protect these assets with insurance. So here is a question for you:
How much have you invested in the traditional source of your income – your career?
If you haven’t spent much time thinking about your career plans, you are not alone. There are many people who are waiting for the right opportunity to present itself before they review their accomplishments, polish off their resume, practice for the interview, and update their online profile.
But you’re not like this, are you? You’re proactive. You plan for success, right? You have invested in yourself and in your career throughout your life and you are reaping the rewards.
Now is the time to invest in you!
Warren Buffet, the most successful investor in the world once said:
“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.”
Investing in yourself and your career has never been more important. As the economy stumbles, jobseekers are realizing they need to compete for positions.
Years ago, people were able to fax the same resume to 100 companies and expect a couple of job offers by the end of the day. Those days have come and gone. Not only is the fax machine no longer a strategy recommended for contacting an employer, but with shrinking budgets and limited resources, companies have less time to spend in the hiring process. They want and expect the candidates to do all the work, and to identify how they meet the company’s job requirements. The company does not have the time to read between the lines of your resume and figure out what makes you an ideal candidate for their job. As a job seeker, the oneous is on you to stand out from the crowd. But how?
Where do you start?
Many job seekers wait too long before asking for help in their job search. Don’t wait until you run out of time, energy, and/or money to invest in the services you need to learn how to conduct a business savvy job search that will reduce your time on the market. Regardless of what you need to present yourself to the market – a resume, job search guidance, a haircut, language training, an online profile…today is the day to start evaluating what you need to achieve your goals for this year, and the future. No matter how many years you have to work before you retire, there has never been a better time to invest in your greatest asset…YOU!
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About The Author
Maureen McCann is an award-winning career coach, master resume writer, and master certified interview, employment, and career strategist whose clients include C-level executives, managers, and professionals in all industries including the Canadian banking, oil and gas, healthcare, IT, and government sectors.