“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” ~ Vince Lombardi
During your career search, keeping your industry skills current and relevant should be a constant and consistent focus throughout your search. It is important for you to practice your craft daily and not let excessive time pass to the point that your skills only read well on your resume. Take the time to ensure that your skills remain test ready through conversation or an assessment. Your ultimate goal is to get a return on your education and training investment that you are proud of and feel well compensated for. Keeping your skills sharp is a factor to being interview ready. The future of you career is worthy of your skills refresh time and can potentially lead you in successful salary negotiation if warranted.
Have fun and get creative with your practice and review sessions to keep your skills industry relevant and current.
Your ability to speak the language of your chosen industry is important not only when interviewing but also when conversing with various industry professionals. Taking the time to learn your industry language including acronyms and jargon beyond the textbooks is essential to your professional success. Being able to effectively communicate as an industry professional will prompt other professionals to view you as credible and increase your confidence in your professional skills and knowledge.
Below are a few language development tactics that will help you evolve the fluency of your industry language.
- Listen attentively during business initiative launches and reviews.
- Read and notice the verbiage details from business meeting minutes, industry related periodicals and books.
- Study industry websites and the description of their services and products.
- View industry advertising campaigns through various media forums.
Your industry language versatility will permit you to communicate well with various levels of professionals while leading you through the path of becoming a verifiable industry subject matter expert.
Before launching your career search, complete a financial credit check on yourself. It is a given that your background will be checked when you are being considered for a job in most industries. Some career seekers and changers do not take the time to consider how their financial credit history can be the determining factor in being chosen for a position. Take the time to research how your credit history is factored into the hiring process for your chosen industry.
If you have good to excellent credit, be consistent in your efforts to maintain your current rating. If you have room for improvement, investigate options that will direct you in improving your credit rating. The key to repairing your credit rating is being diligently focused in your efforts and realistic with the timeframe it will take you to accomplish your credit reform goals.
There are some companies that will give you the opportunity to explain the ‘why’ behind your credit history during the interview process. Other companies may direct you to reapply for the position after improving your credit rating over a designated duration of time. All other required qualifications associated with the position must still be verifiable when you reapply.
During your career search, many lessons are learned along the way. If your financial credit history becomes a lesson for you; embrace the lesson and revise your strategy. Remember, what is for you is yours. The right employment opportunity is in route to you!
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