Is Your Social Media and Online Presence Trashing Your Chances of Getting Hired?

Close-up of electronic device screen showing several social media icons.How’s your job search or career change going?  Let’s see, got your required training or degree?  Check.  Have the required amount of work-related experience?  Check.  Have the necessary skills?  Check.  Got any required credentials (licenses, certifications, etc.)?  Check.  Got a good list of professional references?  Check.  Feel that you did well on the recent job interviews?  Check.

So, why aren’t employers beating down your door with job offers?

Maybe potential employers have, or at least think they have, insight about you personally.  They think they know the kind of person you are, your attitudes about people and things, and they don’t like what they see.  They know you were on your best behavior during the interview, but recognize that the “real you” will come out once you are hired and on the job.  Despite what they saw during the interview, now they are scared and unsure.  How can they possibly make such assumptions about you? Continue reading

Is That Career Path a Good Choice for the Future? How Do You Find Out?

A graphical character walking on a path approaching three possible routes to follow.Quite a few years ago, a friend told me he was going to change careers.  Like many individuals, he had a job, but wanted a career; he wanted to acquire a marketable skill which would serve him for many years to come.  In fact, he had already signed up at a local college and taken some classes, and was well on his way.

I was so happy for him!  You could just see the excitement in his face and hear it in his voice.  Naturally, I asked what field he had decided to pursue.  “Drafting,” he said proudly, “I really like drawing and there will always be a need for drafting.”

“Wow, that’s great!” I said, “Which software will you be learning?”  At the time, the use of computer-aided design (CAD) drafting software packages like AutoCAD® and MicroStation® were entering workplaces at light speed and quickly taking over the task of traditional drafting which involved manually drawing at a drafting table.  “Oh, I’m not learning any software; besides, I don’t like computers,” he said, “I’m learning to do drafting by hand.”

My heart sank.  Because of my experience with technology, I absolutely knew drafting tables would soon go the way of dinosaurs and cassette tapes.  I certainly didn’t want to rain on his parade, but I mentioned again how CAD was the wave of the future and this was a real opportunity for him to get in on ground floor of something new. Continue reading