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Inside "Employed for Life", 21st Century Career Trends – Q&A, Part IV

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Resume and job search changes for the 21st Century and addressing longevity planning

What has changed about the resume?

  • The resume is your billboard/popup ad to get you in the door. Make it work for you.

a. Technology impacts hiring too. Applicant tracking systems, Search Engine optimization, skills, algorithms, data parsing

b. Your resume has to be spectacular. The resume needs to be 1-2 pages, modernized, with solid skills, proven results, self-explanatory, 5 second eye scan, machine scan

c. Your resume should list your accomplishments, not your tasks - Give tangible examples with metrics of how you improved the companies you worked for.

d. Customize your resume to the job. Don’t send out a one-size-fits-all resume. Take the time to highlight the skill sets that pertain to the job you’re applying to.

"I found a job here’s how"

To determine what job hunting practices are most and least effective today, in the spring of 2013 traceywilen.com & Juststaff.com (recruiting firm) performed a survey of people who had found jobs in the past year.

Findings: The fastest path to a new job is:

  • Look for a job in the same or similar industry (retail, banking). ( previous employer, competition, customer)
  • Look for a job in the same or similar functional area as your previous job. (sales to sales, marketing to marketing)
  • Remain active while job hunting: freelance, volunteer, and develop new skills.
  • Network: join industry groups, use social media, or seek job leads from people already in your network.

How can I plan for a career that might last over 50 years?

  • Self-assessment what you like vs. what you do well.
  • Make an integrated life plan to 100- work, personal, finances, health, education, technology.
  • Set targets and create goals by decades- Chunk the goals into smaller goals by years, months, weeks, days.
  • Factor in changing trends. Education, technology, skills, hiring trends,
  • Be both goal and opportunity driven- make a plan and pay attention to emerging opportunities

To learn more about technologies with the potential to reshape your job read the book Employed for Life, 21st Century Career Trends.

Dr. Tracey Wilen is a prominent thought leader on the impact of technology on society, work and careers. She’s been a scholar at Stanford University and has held leadership positions at Apple, HP, Cisco, and the Apollo Group. Dr. Wilen has authored 11 books. Her new book Employed for Life , 21st Century career trends was just released.

She has appeared on CNN, Fox and CBS news, in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. She frequently contributes to The Huffington Post, the Examiner, and the Christian Science Monitor and is on radio shows across the US weekly as an expert guest. She is a global speaker on the impact of technology on work, careers, and women’s leadership. She was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as a 2012 Most Influential Woman in Bay Area Business. www.traceywilen.com, @traceywilen

Dr. Wilen is on a corporate speaking tour on the topic of 21st Century Careers and can be reached traceywilen.com, @traceywilen or FB Dr.TraceyWilen

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