If you haven’t heard by now, the job market is back in full force. Unemployment was at a six-year low and looking to continue its roll.
That means opportunities are out there for you, the job-seeker. It also means competition is heating up.
You & the Economy
Perhaps more important than wondering why the economy is improving is asking how you can take advantage of it. This is the time to ready your resume and strengthen your online presence to make sure you can easily be found for new, exciting opportunities.
No matter if you’re a graduate fresh out of college looking to land your first high-level internship or a grizzled veteran seeking a career change, the job market is in an accommodating state.
You & Your Job
How you present yourself at work is a great indicator of how your career will progress. If you show up to work on time and work hard in your present role, you are setting yourself up for positive recommendations should the chance for a better, higher-paying job come along.
Furthermore, your current employer will be more likely to reward you with more pay or perks if they are worried about you leaving. Maintaining a positive reputation is absolutely critical to both your present and future career aspirations.
Areas on the Upswing
The employment sectors seeing the most significant improvement during the past year have been professional services, wholesale and retail trade, leisure, hospitality, healthcare, financial services, transportation and manufacturing, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Lets’ say one of these sectors interests you, but you’re working in an unrelated field. It’s time to make your transition plan. Start by identifying any required educational or certification requirements, then pursue them through whatever means necessary.
If a strong educational background isn’t necessary for your target position, try to find a part-time internship or even a business that needs some extra help on the weekends. Any foot in the door can help you meet influential people and make those solid connections that so often lead to full-time employment.